Greensboro Ballet

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Greensboro Ballet
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General information
Name Greensboro Ballet
Local name Greensboro Ballet
Previous names Greensboro Civic Ballet, Civic Ballet Theatre
Year founded 1964
Principal venue Carolina Theatre of Greensboro
 United States of America
Website Greensboro Ballet
Senior staff
School director John Dennis
Artistic staff
Artistic Director Maryhelen Mayfield[1]
Ballet Master John Dennis
Associated schools The School of Greensboro Ballet
  • Principal
  • Soloist
  • Corps de Ballet
  • Apprentice

Greensboro Ballet is a professional ballet company directed by Maryhelen Mayfield[2] which performs primarily in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Carolina Theatre of Greensboro.[3] It is the only ballet company in the Piedmont Triad.[4][5] It is one of the only non-profit ballet companies in North Carolina.[6][7] Greensboro Ballet has presented works by George Balanchine. The company also has performed a number of works made especially for the Greensboro Ballet by Rick McCullough, Jill Eathorne Bahr, Leslie Jane Pessemier, and alumni Emery LeCrone.[8] Maryhelen Mayfield has choreographed over twenty-five works for the company.[9]


In 1964 the Greensboro Civic Ballet was formed. The original focus was on providing local dancers with annual performances. In the 1970s the Greensboro Civic Ballet was reorganized under the name Civic Ballet Theatre and a ballet school was created.[10] Organizers of the company approached the United Arts Council of Greensboro for membership as well as funding and space within the Greensboro Cultural Center. In 1980 Maryhelen Mayfield, a former dancer with the Kansas City Ballet, was hired as the Artistic Director. Under the direction of Mayfield and John Dennis, director of The School of Greensboro Ballet, the school received membership in the Southeast Regional Ballet Association and became the first Honor Company in North Carolina, the highest level of membership within the Association. The name then changed from Civic Ballet Theatre to Greensboro Ballet. Professional dancers were introduced into the company in 1995.[11] Greensboro Ballet has performed with the accompaniment of the EMF Young Artists Orchestra of the Eastern Music Festival and with the Greensboro Symphony.[12][13][14] While the company performs mainly in Greensboro, it has gone on tour various times throughout North Carolina.[15][16]

In 2017, Greensboro Ballet company member Lauren Dorn became the first African-American to dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the company's production of The Nutcracker.[17]

Notable productions[edit]

Greensboro Ballet has performed a wide variety of ballets,[18][19] including:

  • Cinderella
  • Coppelia
  • Dracula
  • The Firebird
  • Giselle
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • The Nutcracker
    • Muttcracker, a performance of Nutcracker with live dogs on stage[20]
  • Serenade
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Snow White
  • Swan Lake
  • Les Sylphides
  • Valse Fantasia

The School of Greensboro Ballet[edit]

The company also hosts The School of Greensboro Ballet, the Piedmont Triad's only non-for-profit classical Russian ballet school and the only school in Guilford County with access to Balanchine choreography.[21] The school is located in the Greensboro Cultural Center. The Director of The School of Greensboro Ballet is John Dennis, a former dancer for the Dallas Ballet.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of the School of Greensboro Ballet include:

Community outreach and programs[edit]

Greensboro Ballet has a number of programs for community outreach throughout Greensboro and North Carolina.[26] Of these include:

  • Build-a-Ballet Program - funded by Lincoln Financial Corporation, an original dance work is created by and performed at a different public school in Guilford County each year.
  • City Dance - the company travels to various elementary schools in the area to teach ballet technique and movement classes, offering scholarships to the School of Greensboro Ballet to students who show promise.
  • Dancing Above the Barre - a program for students with various disabilities that had in the past kept them out of dance classes
  • Dance in the Schools (also called DITS) - the company travels to elementary schools in the Triad area to perform and educate children on the art of classical ballet.
  • Out on the Town series - the company travels to perform in community centers, schools, and theaters in traditionally under-served areas.
  • First Friday - Every first Friday of the month in downtown Greensboro, the Ballet Company participates in the First Friday festival.

Greensboro Ballet also provides complimentary tickets to other non-profit organizations .


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