Classics are brought to life, theatrics take center-stage and international talent comes to Charlotte! Here’s everything you have to look forward to from Charlotte Ballet this season: 


1. A Ballet for Ballet-Doubters

Far from your average love story, Leonce and Lena brings theatrics, humor and camp to the ballet stage. This story follows two betrothed royals who flee on the eve of their wedding only to be brought together by an unexpected and ironic twist of fate.

Christian Spuck, Artistic Director of Ballet Zürich, has translated the 19th-century satirical comedy into an “atypical dance romance” for the ballet stage, and Charlotte Ballet is honored to be the first company to present it in the US.

Photo courtesy of Ballet Zürich by Judith Schlosse

2. A Holiday Classic

Your favorite holiday tradition, Nutcracker, returns this December! Watch the magic unfold through magnificent sets and costumes and the treasured music of Tchaikovsky performed live by the Charlotte Symphony with choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. Nutcracker promises lasting memories for years to come.

3. Inspired by Light

Innovation abounds when choreographers Duane Cyrus and Christopher Stuart join Charlotte Ballet’s own Chelsea Dumas to create new works inspired by The Mint Museum’s upcoming fall exhibition “Immersed in Light: Studio Drift at the Mint” during Innovative Works: Beyond the Mint

4. A Fairy-Tailored Favorite

This forever favorite is as grand as ever with glittery tutus, twinkling tiaras and Tchaikovsky’s iconic score

Staying true to Marius Petipa’s renowned choreography, British choreographer Matthew Hart has adapted this classic tale to bring the magic of Sleeping Beauty to 21st-century audiences.

5. From CLT to NYC

Favorite works from past seasons and new, exciting pieces created by highly sought-after international choreographers will be featured in this show that celebrates the uniqueness and boldness of ballet. After being performed in Charlotte, elements of Spring Works will be showcased at the iconic Joyce Theater in Manhattan.

6. New Talent Ignites at Choreographic Lab

Charlotte Ballet elevates new talent in choreography during Choreographic Lab. Audiences are introduced to both familiar and fresh faces with works yet to be performed on a public stage.

Last Year’s Choreographic Lab was reviewed as “impressively showcasing works by dancers with choreographic aspirations.” Expect more of the same from this season!

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Photo Credit: Todd Rosenberg