First State Ballet Theatre

Delaware's Professional Ballet Company

First State Ballet Theatre, Delaware’s professional ballet company, presents full length ballets and mixed-repertory programs throughout the state, commissions new choreography from internationally renowned choreographers, offers performing opportunities to aspiring dancers, and educates the Delaware dance audience of the future.

Headquartered in Wilmington's beautiful and historic Grand Opera House, First State Ballet Theatre performs under the artistic direction of Kirov-trained Pasha Kambalov.

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Pasha Kambalov
Artistic Director

Pasha Kambalov graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy, directed by Konstantin Sergeyev, in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he studied under famed teacher V.S. Zimin. Following graduation, he danced with Donetsk Ballet in the Ukraine and the Komi Republic State Opera and Ballet in Russia, and toured extensively throughout the USSR, the United States and Europe. In the United States he danced with Russian Ballet Theatre under the direction of Honored Artist of the Russian Republic Lev Assouliak.
Mr. Kambalov is the founding Artistic Director of First State Ballet Theatre, Delaware’s professional ballet company. Under his directorship, the company has grown from 10 to 22 dancers and has performed many of the great classical ballets, including Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Don Quixote, and Swan Lake, as well as contemporary works such as Viktor Plotnikov’s The Adventures of Pinocchio and Alex Buckner’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Mr. Kambalov helped to establish residency for the company and The School of First State Ballet Theatre at the historic Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware. He has successfully built artistic partnerships with The Delaware Symphony Orchestra, OperaDelaware, The Grand Opera House and the City of Wilmington. 

Mr. Kambalov was awarded the 2005-06 Teacher Recognition Certificate from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. In the same year, he received the Wilmingtonian Award for outstanding contributions to the quality of life in Wilmington. Mr. Kambalov is a sought-after guest teacher and a co-founder and faculty member of The School of First State Ballet Theatre.


Upcoming Shows

See our upcoming production:

Classical and Contemporary Highlights
Selbyville, DE
August 24, 2017 

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The generosity of our volunteers and donors is fundamental in sustaining and growing ballet in the Delaware region. 

For volunteer opportunities, contact us.