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The School of
First State Ballet Theatre

Training Tomorrow’s Dancers


Parent and Student Resources


Open Classes

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Summer Programs and Workshops


Boys Scholarship Program

About The School of First State Ballet Theatre

Established in 1999, the School of First State Ballet Theatre offers ballet training to students from age four through adults. Our curriculum is based on the Vaganova syllabus of classical Russian ballet, the world’s most rigorous and thorough curriculum.

Whether you’re a beginning ballet student, a teen aspiring to hone your technique, or an adult seeking the challenge of physical and intellectual exercise, FSBT offers classes that meet your needs.

Our spacious studios are housed at the beautiful and historic Grand Opera House in downtown Wilmington.

Students of FSBT have been accepted at the JKO School of American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet Academy, Kirov Academy, Harid Conservatory, Boston Ballet School and Ellison Ballet, as well as many summer programs, including American Ballet Theatre (NYC), the School of American Ballet, Kirov Academy, Ballet West, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Houston Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet.

FSBT graduates have gone on to dance professionally with Festival Ballet Providence, Milwaukee Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, Washington Ballet, Universal Ballet, Ballet du Capitole, Tulsa Ballet and First State Ballet Theatre.

FSBT graduates have been accepted to Princeton University, Duke University, NYU, Boston College, and Barnard College, among many others.

2019 Summer Programs

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced professional, FSBT has something for you!

2019 SUMMER INTENSIVE (ages 9 and up)

June 24 - July 19, 2019

Join us in our spacious studios in Wilmington's Grand Opera House! Our Summer Intensive gives students ages 9 and up a chance to develop their technique and artistry and further their dance education. Classes will include ballet, pointe, variations, contemporary, character, jazz, musical theatre, hip hop, conditioning, and more!* 

Summer Intensive students will present a performance on the last day of the program. 

FSBT faculty will be joined by experienced and distinguished teachers. More information coming soon!

*programming subject to change

2019 CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP (ages 4-8 years)

July 29 to August 2, 2019

For aspiring dancers ages 4 to 8 years!  Our Summer Children’s Workshop blends ballet instruction with ballet arts and crafts in a joyful, enthusiastic setting. An ideal way to introduce your child to the art of ballet.  A short performance will be held on the final day of the program.

More information coming soon.


Students will spend a week with choreographer Viktor Plotnikov creating a new contemporary piece and working with FSBT faculty to learn pieces from the classical repertoire. Dancers must be registered FSBT students and approved by the School Director.



Boys Scholarship Program

FSBT is excited to announce our Boys Scholarship Program beginning in the fall of 2017. Applications for this tuition-free program are being taken now. Some restrictions apply. For more information, email


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