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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Sponsor a Dancer

From seasoned stars to up and coming talent, First State Ballet Theatre is a hub for artists to grow and perform. Our collection of talented dancer from around the world are our greatest asset and we are proud to help them build a strong performance resume. 

For a limited time only, you can support a company dancer directly. Sponsor a Dancer program end September 30, 2014 or once all dancers are sponsored. 

To help us provide the unique performance opportunities, beautiful costume, and expensive shoes for our company dancers, you can become an official sponsor of an FSBT company dancer. As a sponsor, you ensure the future of professional ballet in Delaware in the most direct way- by supporting our professional dancers- our strongest and most important asset.


There are two ways to participate:

1. Full Sponsor: Your support will help cover a range of costs including costumes, shoes, travel, wage and more. 

Full Sponsors receive the following:

  • Listed in the dancer's bio in the FSBT season playbill and website.
  • Invitation for sponsor and up to 4 friends to watch one company class and in-studio rehearsal.

  • Lunch with the dancer and Artistic Director at Chelsea's Tavern.

  • Invitation to major donor receptions after opening night performances with all FSBT dancers, staff and board.

  • Invitation to 9th Muse room during intermission at Grand Opera House performances.

  • Recognition on TV screens in Grand Opera House Theater before each Mainstage production.

  • Signed photo from sponsored dancer.

2. Shoe Sponsor: FSBT covers the cost of dance shoes for each dancer. At a lower sponsorship level, you can cover the cost of shoes for your favorite dancer.

Shoe Sponsors receive the following:

  • Listed in dancer's bio as the shoe sponsor in the FSBT season playbill and website.
  • Recognition on TV screens in Grand Opera House Theater before each Mainstage production.

  • Signed photo from sponsored dancer.


How to sponsor:

Individuals, families, and companies can sponsor a dancer. Visit our dancer page to learm more about our company and consider sponsoring today! 

To sponsor a dancer, or for questions, contact Giovanna Saffos at development@firststateballet.com or at 302-658-7897 x 3106.