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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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the most common questions we receive as people prepare to attend an FSBT performance. If you have further questions, please contact us at 302-658-7897 x 3851 or at fsbt@firststateballet.com.

How long is a show?

Are there any breaks?

What should I wear?

Is there an age minimum for kids?

How early should I arrive?

When and where can I pick up tickets?

I've never been to a ballet before, will I know what is going on?

What should I expect?

What theater policies should I know about?

Answers

How long is a show?

Shows are typically 1.5-2 hours long. Visit the show page under "Upcoming Shows" for the show duration and other useful information.
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Are there any breaks?

Most shows have at least one intermission. Visit the show page under "Upcoming Shows" for the number of intermissions and other useful information.
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What should I wear?

Patrons typically dress in business casual attire but FSBT has no dress code.
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Is there an age minimum for kids?

We encourage patrons of all ages to share the beauty and excitement of an FSBT performance! If you plan to bring a young child, we suggest you purchase tickets near an aisle to enable you to step out of the theater if the child becomes restless. Although most children are capitated by a live ballet performance, if your child becomes restless or noisy we ask that you take the child out to the lobby to avoid disturbing other patrons.
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How early should I arrive?

If you are purchasing tickets or picking up tickets at the box office’s Will Call window, 30-45 minutes before the show should provide ample time. If you already have tickets, plan to arrive a the theater 15-20 minutes before show time to check your coat, buy a snack or drink, find your seat and prepare for the show.
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When and where can I pick up tickets?

You can purchase or pick up tickets at the Grand Opera House box office on the Market Street side of the theater to the right of the main theater doors. Box office hours are Monday - Friday 10 AM - 5 PM, Saturday 12 PM - 4 PM and from one hour before showtime through intermission on show days. The theater address is: 818 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.
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I've never been to a ballet before, will I know what is going on?

The Grand’s ushers will give you a playbill and show insert, which provides information on FSBT and the show. We encourage you to read the synopsis to become familiar with the story line and characters. The synopsis explains the action in each act and is a useful tool that helps both first time and seasoned patrons enjoy the show.
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What should I expect?

Patrons have enjoyed ballet’s beauty and excitement for centuries and with good reason! Patrons experience stories of love, loss, and adventure and become captivated by music, movement, costumes and artistry. We hope you’ll be on the edge of your seat as our talented young artists introduce you to energetic characters, takes you to new locales and introduces you to new and classic stories.
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What theater policies should I know about?

  • Electronics: Photography, video and/or audio recording is strictly prohibited. Please turn off cell phones or select vibrate mode when you enter the theater.
  • Late Policy: If you arrive after the performance has begun, you may be asked to wait until the next intermission before you enter the theater.
  • Please respect the dancers and fellow patrons, by not talking once the show has begun.
  • Patrons are encouraged to remain seated throughout the entire performance.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the theater.
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