How a second performance of Dwight Rhoden’s The Groove impacts dancers

In 2012, company members Jamie Dee Clifton and Sarah Hayes Harkins performed in the premiere of Resident Choreographer Dwight Rhoden's The Groove. Now, four years later, this piece will be performed as part of Fall Works to kick off the 2016/2017 Season. With the opportunity to perform this piece again, the dancers describe their experience with the work and reflect on how they have matured as dancers with Charlotte Ballet....

Night at the Nutcracker: 5 Tips for the Ultimate Holiday Party

No matter your traditions for the season, Charlotte Ballet's Night at the Nutcracker Event Planner Emily Portal has five tips on how to make your holiday gatherings especially memorable....

From the Dancers: Thoughts on Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16

Charlotte Ballet welcomes Ohad Naharin for the first time to set his work, Minus 16, as part of our first performance of the season, Fall Works. Read to see why Charlotte Ballet company members are excited to be a part of this piece....

Nutcracker Charlotte Ballet announces all new production of Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Nutcracker
Creation of new scenery and costumes in honor of Jane Spratt McColl

2016/2017 Season Creating a movement

A lifetime ofPOISE & CONFIDENCE starts now!


About Charlotte Ballet

Led by internationally acclaimed President and Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Charlotte Ballet is known for its strong dancers and versatile repertoire, ranging from classical ballet like the Nutcracker, to bold, contemporary works. The company of 25 professional dancers, who make Charlotte their home, annually present five performance series in Charlotte during a season spanning from October to April. In December 2014, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented Associate Artistic Director Patricia McBride with a 2014 Kennedy Center Honor.

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Meet Our Dancers

The artists of the Charlotte Ballet are known for their high energy, precision and speed, as well as their ability to perform a versatile repertoire ranging from full-length classical ballets to innovative contemporary works.


Sarah Hayes Harkins

Originally from Waynesville, NC, Sarah has been dancing with Charlotte Ballet for 8 seasons and also attended Charlotte Ballet Summer Intensive before joining the Company.



Charlotte Ballet Academy offers a nurturing and structured environment that encourages individuality, creative expression and an appreciation for the art of dance.

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Community & Schools

Charlotte Ballet’s programming engages students, teachers and the community in a range of artistic activities that explore dance as an art form.

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Through the support of individuals, corporations and foundations Charlotte Ballet is able to bring classical favorites and cutting-edge works to the stage, as well as year-round dance programming to children and families in the Charlotte region.
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