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

Interested in enrolling yourself or your student in our ballet school? Below are the most common questions we receive during the enrollment process. If you have further questions, please email fsbt@firststateballet.com.

Can students start anytime?

Can students try a class before they register?

What are the class sizes?

What level will my student be?

Must students take the full amount of classes for their level?

Are family discounts available?

Will students have performing opportunities?

Where are FSBT’s studios located in the Grand?

Where do students enter the Grand?

Does the school have a waiting area?

Where can I park?

Can parents observe classes?

Answers

Can students start anytime?

Student may enroll at anytime throughout the year.
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Can students try a class before they register?

Student may try a free class before registering.
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What are the class sizes?

Class sizes range from 6 to 20 students.
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What level will my student be?

Your student will be evaluated by our faculty and placed in the level to which s/he is best suited based on their current knowledge, ability and age.
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Must students take the full amount of classes for their level?

In order to make optimum progress, students are encouraged but not required to take the full amount of classes. For older students, FSBT offers two scheduling options for those wishing to enroll in fewer classes per week.
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Are family discounts available?

FSBT offers a 10 percent discount to all children other than the oldest child in a family.
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Will students have performing opportunities?

Students are encouraged to perform in the end-of-year School Showcase, and may be invited to audition for mainstage performances with FSBT’s professional company. Students ages 7 and up may audition for FSBT's production of The Nutcracker at the Grand Opera House.
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Where are FSBT’s studios located in the Grand?

FSBT’s three spacious state-of-the art studios are located on floor 3R in the Baby Grand.
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Where do students enter the Grand?

Students may enter the Grand through the box office on weekdays. On Saturdays a guard will admit students to the elevator lobby through the door to the right of the box office entrances on Market Street.
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Does the school have a waiting area?

The school has two waiting areas with seating.
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Where can I park?

Indoor parking is available at the Doubletree hotel, diagonally opposite the rear of the Grand Opera House at 8th and King Streets. The closest outdoor parking lot is at 8th and Orange Streets, two blocks from the Grand. On-street, metered parking is also available and is free after 6:00 pm weekdays and all day on Saturday and Sunday.
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Can parents observe classes?

A Parents’ Observation Week is scheduled at the end of the school year.
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