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.



Rie Aoki

Rie Aoki, born and raised in Tochigi, Japan, began training at age six at Chiyo Ishihara Ballet School. During her teenage years she won second place at the Yokohama Ballet Competition, third place at Japan’s National Ballet Association (NBA) Ballet Competition and was a finalist multiple times at The Japan Grand Prix and YAGP. Rie finished her training in Washington D.C. while on scholarship at the Kirov Ballet Academy under Ludmila Morkovina. After graduating, Rie danced with Milwaukee Ballet II, Columbia Classical Ballet and later was a guest artist at Brandon Ballet in Florida before joining FSBT in 2013. Since joining FSBT, Rie has danced the principle roles of Swanhilda in Coppélia, Kitri in Don Quixote and Hermina in Walpurgis Night, and many featured roles including Peasant Pas in Giselle, Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, and Stepsister in Cinderella. Rie has danced many classical pas de deux with FSBT including Talisman, Le Corsaire, Diana and Acteon, and La Bayadère.


Upcoming Shows

See Rie dance the role of Juliet on April 14th 2 p.m.  & April 15th 2 p.m. in our upcoming production: 

Romeo & Juliet

The Baby Grand Theater
Wilmington, DE
APRIL 13-15

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For volunteer opportunities, contact us. 

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