Community Outreach

First State Ballet Theatre, Delaware’s professional ballet company, is dedicated to high-quality ballet training, performance and educational programming.


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Company Dancers

with Danceworks! students

DanceWorks!

Danceworks! is a partnership between the First State Ballet Theatre and The Grand Opera House that provides weekly dance instruction to local elementary schools and childcare centers throughout the school year. The classes focus on developing self-esteem, creativity, discipline, cooperation and listen skills. Students are introduced to the art of dance including various styles and techniques, rhythm and musicality, terminology, choreography, spatial awareness, and body control. Each year, the dance classes get to interpret a common theme in their own way and learn valuable lessons through the music and stories they selected. Our “Kids Performing for Kids” program helps develop audience etiquette, cultural enrichment, and appreciation.

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  • Danceworks! is an immersive program running for the academic school year

  • The students have weekly observation of professional dancers in classes and rehearsals, and participate in interactive demonstrations especially designed for DanceWorks!

  • Students have the opportunity to tour the Grand Opera House theatres, backstage, and sound booth and perform on the stage at the Baby Grand Theater

  • The dance education provided by Danceworks! helps build the theatre audiences of the future

Warner-Shortlidge Arts Alliance

Pre-school children at Shortlidge receive instruction from teachers from First State Ballet Theatre’s Danceworks! faculty.

The arts present opportunities for creativity and self-expression for young students. The Danceworks! program allows  Shortlidge and Warner Elementary students to learn through a hands-on approach and experience, many for the first time, the excitement and joy of dance and live performance.


Wilmington Montessori School

Artistic Residencies

FSBT's artistic residencies in Delaware elementary, middle and senior high schools educate thousands of students each year about the art of ballet and the lives of professional dancers.

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Holiday Open House

Rockwood Park and Museum


Summer in the Parks

FSBT is proud to be one of 40 arts organizations participating in the Summer in the Parks program by bringing our art form directly to the community in the City of Wilmington's parks. Our faculty and professional dancers demonstrate dance terminology, moves, and choreography, and lead creative interactive dance classes and age-appropriate dance activities. This program is free to the public and we thank the City of Wilmington, Wilmington Parking Authority and The Grand Opera House for their support in sponsoring this program.