About Charlotte Ballet

Led by Artistic Director Hope Muir, 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. During the summer, the dancers and artistic staff serve as Company in Residence at The Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y.

Former New York City Ballet star Patricia McBride, serves as associate artistic director and master teacher of Charlotte Ballet Academy, which trains 700 students annually. In December 2014, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented Associate Artistic Director Patricia McBride with a 2014 Kennedy Center Honor.

Charlotte Ballet has nationally recognized educational and community programs, including the Reach scholarship dance program.

In 2010, the organization built the Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance in uptown Charlotte. The Center for Dance houses administrative and rehearsal spaces, as well as a 200-seat theater.


Charlotte Ballet History

Founded in 1970 by Robert Lindgren, former dean of dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the company received National Endowment for the Arts distinction as the nation’s highest rated touring company in 1982. Salvatore Aiello became artistic director in 1985, and under his leadership the organization moved to Charlotte in 1990. Former New York City Ballet star Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux took over artistic leadership in 1996, building on the foundation of excellence established by his predecessors.


Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux

Learn more about Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux,
Patricia McBride and the rest of our leadership team.


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.

Meet All Our Dancers