Charlotte Ballet

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Charlotte Ballet
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General information
Name Charlotte Ballet
Year founded 1970
Website [1]
Artistic staff
Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux
Other
Associated schools Charlotte Ballet Academy
Formation
  • Company
  • Apprentice
  • Trainee

Charlotte Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in North Carolina. It was founded by Robert Lindgren former Dean of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 1970. It currently has 22 dancers and is the parent company of Charlotte Ballet Academy.

Artistic Staff[edit]

  • Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux - President & Artistic director
  • Douglas Singleton - Executive Director
  • Patricia McBride - Associate Artistic Director & Master Teacher
  • Sasha Janes - Associate Artistic Director
  • Dwight Rhoden - Resident Choreographer

Dancers[edit]

Company[edit]

Name Hometown Seasons With Company Training
Melissa Anduiza Miami, FL 3 New World School of the Arts and BFA in Dance from the University of South Florida
Sofia Arencibia Miami, FL 1 Elizabeth Acuña-Nuevo and Lissette Salgado Lucas at Artistic Dance Center
Naseeb Culpepper Florence, SC 2 University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy
Gregory Dearmond Lake Forest, CA 1 Golden State Ballet, Saddleback Dance Center, Ballet Pacifica and the University of California, Irvine
Jamie Dee Orange, CA 4 Orange County Regional Ballet
Anna Gerberich Pennsylvania 8 Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Josh Hall Syracuse, NY 1 University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Patricia Keleher Huntington Beach, CA 1 Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington DC and San Francisco Ballet School
Christina Laforgia Summerville, SC 1 University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Jordan Leeper Jamestown, NY 2 San Francisco Ballet School
Addul Manzano Santiago De Cuba, Cuba 7 The National Ballet School of Cuba
David Morse Charlotte, NC 3 North Carolina Dance Theatre School
Emily Ramirez Katy, TX 1 Houston Ballet Academy, The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Gregory Taylor Cumming, GA 1 South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
Frederick Leo Walker II Jacksonville, FL 3 Dansations Performing Arts Center and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts
Sarah Hayes Watson Asheville, NC 5 University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Apprentices[edit]

Name Hometown Seasons With Company Training
Grayson Driver Apex, NC 2 University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Chelsea Dumas Fort Wayne, IN 1 New American Youth Ballet and Conservatory and Indiana University (Jacob’s School of Music for Ballet)
Alexa Goldberg Columbus, OH 3 Columbus City Ballet School
Alexis Matthesen Atlanta, GA 1 Metropolitan Ballet Theatre
Elizabeth Truell Columbia, SC 1 South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Trainees[edit]

Name Hometown Seasons With Company Training
Rachel Dunn Des Moines, IA 1 North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance
Sara Falstad Atlanta, GA 1 The Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education and The New Orleans Ballet Theatre’s Schramel Conservatory
Jessica Friedman Bristow, VA 1 Dance Theatre of Harlem Residency Program
Kira Greer-Rice Spartanburg, SC 2 North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance
Miranda Hashemi Honolulu, Hawaii 1 Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Blake Johnston Gastonia, NC 2 Gaston Dance Theatre and The North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance
Nicole Shank Greenville, NC 2 The Greenville Civic Ballet
Elizabeth Webb Troy, MI 1 Miami City Ballet School
Rorey Fraser Buffalo (like the wings), NY 2 School of BadAssery

Repertoire[edit]

Charlotte Ballet has performed an extensive repertoire over the years.

Balanchine Work[edit]

  • The Four Temperaments
  • Agon
  • Stars and Stripes
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Divertimento No. 15
  • Stravinsky Violin Concerto
  • Apollo
  • Serenade
  • Rubies
  • Who Cares?

Petipa[edit]

Twyla Tharp[edit]

  • Nine Sinatra Songs
  • The Golden Section

Other Classics[edit]

  • Nutcracker (Choreographed by Salvatore Aiello, then Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux)
  • Cinderella (Choreographed by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Choreographed by Septime Webre)
  • Carmina Burana (Choreographed by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux)
  • The Little Mermaid (Choreographed by Mark Diamond)

Education[edit]

Charlotte Ballet is the parent company to the Charlotte Ballet Academy, formerly the North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance. The school was founded in September 1993. By 1997, 3 satellite locations had been established to accommodate the then 5 level divisions and an Open Division. The school now offers a conservatory program, developed in 2004, for serious dance students who wishes to incorporate their dance classes with their academics.

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