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.



Artistic and Professional Staff

  Pasha Kambalov   Artistic Director

Pasha Kambalov
Artistic Director

  Paige Obara   Business Manager

Paige Obara
Business Manager

   Joan Beatson    Director of the School

Joan Beatson
Director of the School

  Kristina Kambalov   Executive Director

Kristina Kambalov
Executive Director


Paige Obara, Business Manager
Joan Beatson, Director of the School
Tisa Della-Volpe, DanceWorks! Director and Company Photographer*
Genevieve Fanelli, Technical Director
Paige Obara, Stage Manager
Devin Short, Graphic Designer
Mimi Link, Education Outreach Coordinator
Paul Andreas, Development Director/Playbill Advertising Sales
Joanne Epstein, Wardrobe Manger
Diane Fretwell, Prop Manager
Bob Eizember, Videographer



*Photographs throughout the site are by Tisa Della-Volpe.