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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Our acclaimed DanceWorks! program, which provides free ballet instruction and a year-end performance on the stage of the Baby Grand Theater, has served more than a thousand students from numerous downtown Wilmington elementary and pre-schools.

  •   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.

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.

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. 


Join FSBT artists for our free FSBTalks! lecture series to learn more about the artists and upcoming works. FSBTalks! are held at The Grand Opera House in Wilmington in our studios. See what it takes to bring the beauty and excitement of ballet to life. 

Bring your friends to learn more about the beautiful art of ballet and how our dancers prepare for the dramatic moment when the curtain opens.