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QUIZ: Which Nutcracker character are you?

Are you a popular sweetheart like the Sugar Plum Fairy or do you have a bit of a mischievous streak like the Mouse King? Take our quiz to find out which character you'd be in Charlotte Ballet's Nutcracker.

 

The Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance: Seating and Parking

After buying your tickets to a performance at the Center for Dance, make sure you know all the details on seating and parking!


#GivingTuesdayCLT

Education & Community Engagement Coordinator Katelyn Pounds shares why it is so important for children to experience the ballet. Donations open now!


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.


What makes Sensory Friendly Nutcracker so special?

Listen as we interview Director of Education & Community Engagement Bianca Bonner about what makes this sensory friendly performance so special!


Nutcracker in Photos

See a sneak peek of what to expect at Nutcracker before you buy your tickets!


QUIZ: Which Nutcracker character are you?

Are you a popular sweetheart like the Sugar Plum Fairy or do you have a bit of a mischievous streak like the Mouse King? Take our quiz to find out which character you'd be in Charlotte Ballet's Nutcracker.


Fall Works Performance Preview: Johan Inger’s Walking Mad

Watch now: take a look at rehearsal for Johan Inger's Walking Mad described as a “stylistic game changer” by Artistic Director Hope Muir.


VIDEO: Javier de Frutos’ Elsa Canasta

Step into the studio with the dancers as they rehearse Elsa Canasta, the finale ballet for Fall Works. Hear more from choreographer Javier de Frutos about this dark, funny, sexy evocation of the world of Cole Porter.


The evolution of Fall Works: Past, present and future

See where we have been, what we are doing now and what Artistic Director Hope Muir sees in the company's future- all wrapped into one Fall Works performance!


Video: Charlotte Ballet’s Most Incredible Season

Charlotte Ballet kicks off our 2017/18 season in a big way with our new artistic director Hope Muir, and Fall Works packed with three new ballets! See what makes this our most INCREDIBLE season yet!


10 things to know about Fall Works’ Elsa Canasta

Find out all you need to know about Fall Work's Elsa Canasta choreographed by Javier de Frutos.


Artistic Director Hope Muir gives her take on the many benefits of touring

Artistic Director Hope Muir describes 5 benefits of touring for Charlotte audiences


2017/2018 Season Highlights

The 2017/2018 season is upon us! Are you excited yet? See what Charlotte ballet has in store for you this season.


17/18 Season: Meet our new company dancers

We are excited to introduce Colby and Anson - the newest company members of Charlotte Ballet!


Announcing New Academy Directors and Faculty for 2017/2018

Join us in welcoming two new Associate Academy Directors and 5 new acclaimed teaching artists to our 2017/2018 academy faculty!


From our dancers: Why audiences will be blown away by Fall Works

Company dancer Sarah Hayes Harkins believes "Fall works will be very exciting- I hope Charlotte is ready for us to blow them away with our diversity." Hear more thoughts from our dancers on why you need to see Fall Works!


Charlotte Ballet Receives $200,000 Grant from The Leon Levine Foundation

Charlotte Ballet is pleased to announce it has received a $200,000 grant from The Leon Levine Foundation that will support the creation of a new Family Matinee series.


The Knight Theater: Seating and Parking

Planning to catch a ballet at the Knight Theater? We've got all the details about seating options and parking!


The Belk Theater: Seating and Parking

Heading to the Belk Theater? Check out your seating options and learn everything you need to know about parking.


The Belk Theater: What to do Uptown

Have some time before the performance or want to make a night out of going to the ballet? Check out our recommendations on everything to do Uptown around the Belk Theater.


The Knight Theater: What to do Uptown

When you're visitng the Knight Theater for a ballet, make a day out of it by discovering new restaurants, fun drinks or family friendly activities - all within walking distance of the theater!


The Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance: What to do Uptown

Planning a visit to the Center for Dance? Check out a few of our favorite places in Fourth Ward to enhance your experience.


Summer intensive students share their favorite classes

Find out our summer intensive students' favorite classes and teachers!


Bryan Arias Receives 2017 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship

Just announced - 2017/2018 Season featured choreographer Bryan Arias has received a 2017 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship.


Tips from our dancers: How to make the most of your summer intensive experience

Hear Charlotte Ballet company dancers' advice on how to make the most of your summer intensive experience!


VIDEO: A Tribute to Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux

A dancer, choreographer, teacher and director - Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux has spent the last 20 years as Charlotte Ballet’s leader and visionary. Watch a special to tribute to Jean-Pierre upon his retirement after the 2016/2017 Season.


What’s Charlotte Ballet up to this summer?

Our Charlotte home season runs October - April but we don't stop dancing! Check out three chances to see Charlotte Ballet on tour in summer 2017.



Jamie Dee Clifton – 8 Seasons in Photos

After eight seasons with Charlotte Ballet, dancer Jamie Dee Clifton will retire from the stage. Join us in celebrating Jamie at her last performance with the company, Inspired Works, and check out our favorite photos through her career.



Jean-Pierre’s Legacy: By the Numbers

Charlotte Ballet celebrates President & Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux in his final season with the company. Find out more about his career and contributions to Charlotte Ballet in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, by the numbers!


Dancer’s Thoughts on the Season

With 6 new choreographers, 3 world premieres and 2 American premieres, see why Charlotte Ballet company dancers are so excited for the 2017/2018 Season!


PREVIEW: Inspired Works

Catch a video preview of the six show-stopping, all-star ballets Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux has hand-picked for his final performance with the company before he retires.


17/18 Season: Hope Muir Introduces 7 New Choreographers

Hope Muir has drawn on her wide international dance experience to introduce seven new choreographers for Charlotte Ballet’s 17/18 Season, three world premieres and two American premieres.


17/18 Season: 4 Things You Should Know

As Hope Muir becomes Charlotte Ballet's 4th Artistic Director, here are 4 things you should know about the 2017/2018 Season, Hope's first with the company!


VIDEO: Wuthering Heights Rehearsal

Go into the studio of Sasha Janes' Wuthering Heights with dancers Chelsea Dumas and Josh Hall who will dance as main characters Catherine and Heathcliff.


A Vision for Wuthering Heights

Sasha Janes' Wuthering Heights takes the stage April 27-29 at Knight Theater, but the vision for telling Emily Bronte's masterpiece of literature through ballet has been years in the making. Learn more about Charlotte Ballet supporters Ann and Michael Tarwater.


Your Guide to Wuthering Heights

Your guide to everything Wuthering Heights! Learn more about the relationships and themes before joining us for Sasha Janes newest creation.


Get to know new Artistic Director Hope Muir

From new choreographers to world premieres, Hope brings her international dance experience to Charlotte!


Chelsea Dumas: Becoming Wuthering Heights’ Catherine

Wuthering Heights is full of complex characters and relationships. Find out how dancer Chelsea Dumas prepares herself for the role of Catherine Earnshaw.


Press Play: In rehearsal for Wuthering Heights

Join the dancers of Charlotte Ballet in the studio as they rehearse for Sasha Janes' Wuthering Heights.


Wuthering Heights in Pop Culture

Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights has captured audiences for years, and it is still being referenced in pop culture all the time. Have you caught any of these modern references in your favorite shows, songs, or movies?


TRAILER: Wuthering Heights

See the trailer for Wuthering Heights, a new ballet by Associate Artistic Director Sasha Janes that boldly adapts Emily Bronte's literary masterpiece into ballet.


Costume Renderings: Bringing Wuthering Heights to Life

Be transported to the 1800s with Wuthering Heights! Choreographer Sasha Janes is working with his mother Jennifer Janes to bring the costumes to life. Take a look at the costume sketches and learn more about the characters.


3 Things to Know About Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë’s literary masterpiece, is a passionate story of love and revenge boldly adapted into a ballet by Charlotte Ballet Associate Artistic Director Sasha Janes. Learn three things about the show you might not know!



Experience the Magic of Sleeping Beauty

Don't miss photos and video from our first enchanted weekend of Sleeping Beauty!


A Tale of 3 Auroras

From first performances to balancing motherhood, the extraordinary ballerinas who dance the role of Sleeping Beauty's Aurora had an exciting first weekend of shows.


Record-Breaking Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte

A record-breaking $875,000 was raised for Charlotte Ballet and six local charities at Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte 2017. See all the photos and video of our favorite Gala moments!


An Enchanted Uptown Outing at Sleeping Beauty

Whether you're headed to an evening show with your date or planning the perfect matinee over brunch, we asked four of our favorite Charlotte food bloggers for their recommendations for making Sleeping Beauty one enchanted Uptown outing.


Meet The Lilac Fairy from Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty is one of the most iconic ballets of all time and the role of The Lilac Fairy is one of the most notable. Meet Charlotte Ballet's Lilac Fairy Sarah Lapointe and learn more about why she's looking forward to putting her own spin the well-known role.


VIDEO: Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty’s timeless tale of the beautiful Princess Aurora, a dashing prince and the triumph of good over evil has delighted audiences for years. Take a look at the gorgeous sets and costumes and a cast of fanciful characters, then join us in Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted kingdom, as this beloved childhood story leaves you feeling happily ever after.


What’s the Point of Pointe Shoes?

In Sleeping Beauty, the cast of more than 80 dancers includes many ballerinas wearing pointe shoes. Alessandra Ball James, who will dance the lead role of Princess Aurora, answered questions about these magical shoes.


VIDEO: David Ingram introduces his new ballet for Innovative Works

Former company dancer David Ingram has returned to create Flamouriá, a new work that combines a community partnership with projections. Watch more to hear from David about his vision and how the ballet came together.


Your Perfect Innovative Works Date Night

Create the perfect uptown date night with Innovative Works and dinner/drinks suggestions from food blogger Chrissie of Off the Eaten Path.


Innovative Works – 20 Years of Memories

In his first year as artistic director, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux created Innovative Works to present contemporary ballet to the community. Twenty years and 105 ballets later, we look back at some of our favorite memories.


Setting the Stage – Introducing Hope Muir V2

From Scotland to NYC to Charlotte and back, catch up with Hope Muir, Charlotte Ballet's Artistic Director beginning July 2017. Hope offers insight into the planning of her first season with the Company.


VIDEO: Go Inside Innovative Works

Check out the five new, contemporary ballets featured at our 20th anniversary performance of Innovative Works running now through February 18.


Sarah Lapointe – Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch

At just 19 years old, Charlotte Ballet dancer Sarah Lapointe has been named to Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" list for 2017. This is an honor bestowed upon the world's most promising dance talent.


A Day in the Life of Josh Hall

What does a day in the life of a professional dancer look like? Read on as we follow Josh as he prepares for our 20th year of Innovative Works, opening on January 27 and running through February 18!


5 Must-Do Uptown Holiday Activities

With the family in town for the holidays, taking in all the Christmas spirit Uptown Charlotte has to offer along with seeing Nutcracker is the perfect holiday outing for all ages!


Planning your knock-out Nutcracker date night

Whether you're planning a date night, a girls’ night or another special evening, check out our favorite ways to pair a performance of Nutcracker with food, festivities and libations!


How to Nail the Audition

Our Charlotte Ballet dancers and teaching artists have been through many auditions in their careers, and they are here to share advice on how to make you feel more confident this audition season!


Making Nutcracker a Memorable Family Experience

Whether you’re attending Nutcracker for the first time as a family, or coming back for your holiday tradition, check out our top tips to make it a memorable family experience.


Nutcracker Coast to Coast: How New Sets and Costumes are Made

Check out our interactive map to see where Nutcracker's new sets and 746 costumes pieces are being created across the U.S. as we work to get the performance to stage by December 3.


Who Creates A Movement? You Do

This season, in addition to celebrating the legacy of Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux in his 20th and final season, Charlotte Ballet is celebrating your generosity. Our organization is stronger artistically and financially thanks to your continuous support. As we enter an exciting and transformative time, we believe that you are more important than ever.


Become Part of the Ballet

If you’ve ever dreamed of being on stage like the dancers of Charlotte Ballet here’s your chance with two upcoming events that will allow you to become part of the ballet: The Ingram Project and Dance Interactive.


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.


Out of Focus: A Documentary on Ohad Naharin

Before you see Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 performed at Fall Works, join us for Out of Focus - A documentary on Ohad Naharin to learn more about the choreographer. After the screening, join us for a conversation with Erez Zohar who is setting the work, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and the dancers.


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.


Meet Our New Company Dancers

Charlotte Ballet has added six new dancers to the first company. Read more to find out who these dancers are and why they are so excited to start their first season with Charlotte Ballet!


Top 10 Things You Missed From Chautauqua

During the summer, Charlotte Ballet travels to Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY for a residency. Founded by our Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux in 1989, Chautauqua’s dance program presents four Charlotte Ballet performances during an eight week residency, including ballets by Mark Diamond, Sasha Janes, Dwight Rhoden and several ballets staged by Patricia McBride.


Nutcracker: New Costume Renderings Revealed

It has always been a dream of Charlotte Ballet Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux to bring his vision for Nutcracker to life with brand new sets and costumes.


Our favorite parts of Summer Intensive

It seems like just days ago we were welcoming Summer Intensive students to Charlotte Ballet for five weeks. Training six days a week, dancers ages 11-22 have worked with renowned...


Setting the Stage – Introducing Hope Muir V1

Setting the Stage is an ongoing series with Hope Muir, who has been named Charlotte Ballet’s new Artistic Director beginning July 2017. Hope will offer insight into the planning of...


2016/2017 Season Celebrates Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux

With a celebrated performance career, masterful choreographic works and visionary leadership of Charlotte Ballet – Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux has made a lasting impact on the ballet world and the Charlotte community....