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 dancing 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 NBA ballet competition and was a finalist multiple times at The Japan Ballet Grand Prix and YAGP Japan. Rie finalized 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 with her husband Edward Persondek in 2013. Since joining FSBT, Rie has danced the principle roles of Swanhilda in Coppélia and Kitri in Don Quixote.

Upcoming Shows

See Rie perform in our upcoming production: 


The Baby Grand Theater
Wilmington, DE
April 8 - 9, 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. 

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