Charlotte Ballet

Charlotte Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in North Carolina. It was founded by Robert Lindgren former Dean of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 1970. It currently has 26 dancers and is the parent company of the Charlotte Ballet Academy.

Charlotte Ballet
General information
NameCharlotte Ballet
Previous namesNorth Carolina Dance Theatre
Year founded1970
Artistic staff
Artistic DirectorHope Muir
Associated schoolsCharlotte Ballet Academy
  • Company
  • Apprentice
  • Trainee

Artistic Staff

  • Hope Muir - Artistic Director
  • Douglas Singleton - Executive Director
  • Patricia McBride - Associate Artistic Director & Master Teacher
  • Mark Diamond - Program Director of Charlotte Ballet II
  • Traci Gilchrest Kubie - Rehearsal Director
  • Sasha Janes - Resident Choreographer



NameHometownSeasons With CompanyTraining
Juwan AlstonRound Rock, TX4University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Raven BarkleyBronx, NY4Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, Dance Theatre of Harlem's Pre-Professional Program, SUNY Purchase
Chelsea DumasFort Wayne, IN6Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, Charlotte Ballet Apprentice
Colby FossFargo, ND2University of Arizona, Company member with Ballet Nouveau
Drew GrantDevon, PA3School of American Ballet, Company member with Los Angeles Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, BalletMet, Carolina Ballet and Stadt Theater Chemnitz in Germany
Josh HallSyracuse, NY7University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Sarah Hayes HarkinsWaynesville, NC11University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Ben IngelCharlotte, NC5University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Houston Ballet Academy, Charlotte Ballet Academy, Charlotte Ballet 2
Alessandra Ball JamesAtlanta, GA14Gwinnett Ballet Academy, Company member with Colorado Ballet, Charlotte Ballet 2
James KopeckyLake Villa, IL3Butler University, Company member with Ballet San Jose
Sarah LapointeBel Air, MD4Rock School for Dance Education, YAGP Finalist, National YoungArts Dance Finalist, Guest artist with the Washington Ballet
Peter MazuroskiBow, NH3Boston Ballet School, Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical on Broadway
Maurice Mouzon JrBaltimore, MD3Baltimore School for the Arts, SUNY Purchase
David PreciadoLos Angeles, CA2San Francisco Ballet School Trainee, Los Angeles Ballet Academy, YAGP Finalist, Charlotte Ballet 2
Amelia Sturt-DilleyGypsum, CO4Walnut Hill School, Juilliard School
Elizabeth TruellColumbia, SC5Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Charlotte Ballet 2
Shaina WireSussex County, NJ3University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Joffrey Ballet School
Anson ZwingelbergMyrtle Beach, SC2South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Juilliard School

Charlotte Ballet II

NameHometownSeasons With CompanyTraining
Elisabeth BaehmanPalm City, FL1Dance Academy of Stuart, Charlotte Ballet Apprentice
Thomas DonohueStony Point, NY1Boston Ballet School
Victoria JaensonGuilford, VT1Rock School for Dance Education, The Hartt School at the University of Hartford
Humberto RamazzinaSão Bernardo do Campo, SP, Brazil3The Harid Conservatory
Jared SuttonCharlotte, NC1Charlotte Ballet Academy, Charlotte Ballet Pre-Professional Division, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Andrès TrezevantLas Vegas, NV1Hubbard Street Professional Program
Karlee Vadalabene-DonleyMarthasville, MO1Charlotte Ballet Pre-Professional Division, Saint Louis Ballet
Macyn VogtNewburgh, IN1San Francisco Ballet School, trainee with the Joffrey Ballet


NameHometownSeasons With CompanyTraining
Celeste BormanCharlotte, NC3Charlotte Ballet Academy
Erinn CrittendenFontana, CA2Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
Lily FifeZionsville, IN1Boston Ballet School
Nicholas HoltzFort Pierce, FL1Chautauqua Institution
Roxy ShackelfordMacon, GA2Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education
Julia VinezStuart, FL1Harid Conservatory
Lara BircakCharlotte, NC2Charlotte Ballet Academy
Alexander CarrazzoneOssining, NY1Chautauqua Institution, The Hartt School at University of Hartford
Carrington ClarkCharlotte, NC3Charlotte Ballet Academy
Sarah ClarkePittsburgh, PA1Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Gabrielle CutronaCharlotte, NC2Charlotte Ballet Academy
Emerson DaytonPittsburgh, PA1San Francisco Ballet School, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Gianna DeMassioNew York, NY1Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
Gabrielle MooreGreenville, SC2Charlotte Ballet Academy
Kiera MorganRedington Beach, FL2Sarasota Ballet School
Belle PowellColumbus, OH1University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Amelia SnyderAtlanta, GA2Gwinnett Ballet Theatre
Olivia VessilloCary, NC1Cary Ballet Conservatory
Logan VelasquezChicago, IL2Next Generation Ballet


Charlotte Ballet has performed an extensive repertoire over the years. With two of the company's leaders, Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux having extensive ties to George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins and major contemporary dance choreographer Dwight Rhoden being the choreographer-in-residence, Charlotte Ballet has become a major hub for neoclassical and contemporary work.

George Balanchine

Marius Petipa

Jiří Kylián

  • Sechz Tänze
  • Forgotten Land

Twyla Tharp

  • Nine Sinatra Songs
  • The Golden Section

Alvin Ailey

  • The River
  • Night Creature

Dwight Rhoden

  • The Groove
  • Spun to The Sky
  • Bop Doo Wah
  • Alleged Dances
  • Artifice
  • Othello
  • Peace Piece
  • Sit In Stand Out
  • Gateways
  • Ballad Unto
  • Broken Fantasy

William Forsythe

  • In the middle, somewhat elevated

Sasha Janes

  • Sketches from Grace
  • Lascia la Spina Cogli la Rosa
  • We Danced Through Life
  • Shelter
  • You're So Fine
  • Queen
  • Last Lost Chance
  • Utopia
  • Facsimile
  • The Weight of Darkness
  • At First Sight
  • Rhapsodic Dances
  • The Four Seasons
  • Dangerous Liaisons
  • The Seed and Soil
  • Chaconne

Alonzo King

  • Salt
  • Map

Other Classics

  • Nutcracker (Choreographed by Salvatore Aiello, then Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux)
  • Cinderella (Choreographed by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Choreographed by Jean Pierre Bonnefoux)
  • Carmina Burana (Choreographed by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux)
  • The Little Mermaid (Choreographed by Mark Diamond)
  • Peter Pan (Choreographed by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux)
  • Wuthering Heights (Choreographed by Sasha Janes)
  • Carmen (Choreographed by Sasha Janes)


Charlotte Ballet is the parent company to the Charlotte Ballet Academy, formerly the North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance. The school was founded in September 1993. By 1997, 3 satellite locations had been established to accommodate the then 5 level divisions and an Open Division. The school now offers a conservatory program, developed in 2004, for serious dance students who wishes to incorporate their dance classes with their academics.


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