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Setting the Stage – Introducing Hope Muir

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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

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Charlotte Ballet Names Hope Muir Artistic Director

Hope assumes artistic director role in July 2017

Current President & Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux remains in position through 2016/2017 Season

Charlotte Ballet is excited to announce that the board of trustees selected Hope Muir, as Charlotte Ballet’s new artistic director. Hope’s appointment is effective July 2017.

Over the next year Hope will work closely with the board and staff in preparation for the 2017/2018 Season, her first as artistic director.

“I am thrilled and honored to have been invited to be the new artistic director of Charlotte Ballet at such an exciting time in the company’s development,” Hope said. “Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride have built a family of artists, produced exciting and varied work, and grown a loyal audience. I relish the opportunity to build on the company’s tradition of excellence and lead it forward for the next generation.”

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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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