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The Upstate’s resident professional ballet company

The 47th year of the Carolina Ballet Theatre will feature one of the most unique seasons ever, with three performances all inspired by classic Disney stories and one incredible fundraiser. Our artistry will be on full display with collaborations from top choreographers and world-renowned guest artists. Each performance honors a part of the Upstate that we are all proud to call home.

Founded in 1972, CBT transitioned to a residential professional company in 2000. The company is a 501©(3) non-profit organization that has become a significant contributor to Greenville’s vibrant arts community by exercising its mission.

CBT’s mission is to engage, entertain, and educate its audience through the dynamic medium of dance. CBT provides Greenville with resident professional and internationally acclaimed dancers from well-adored dance companies, showcasing artistry and diversity in choreography and production.

Thanks to CBT’s committed Board of Directors, volunteers, individual and corporate sponsors, the company is flourishing and able to provide professional performances, masterclasses, and quality educational programs for participants to experience the joy and magic of live dance - regardless of financial or socioeconomic barriers.

2019-2020 SEASON:

Carolina Ballet Theatre has one of the most exciting seasons to date for 2019-2020!

Latin Nights Dance Fiesta

Gunter Theatre • September 27, 2019

Featuring a Sangria reception at 8pm and performance at 8:30pm. $30 per ticket or 2 for $50

Come celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month and the combination of two amazing Hispanic Artistic Directors: Cesar Jaramillo and CBT’s own Hernan Justo! This evening will kick off with mingling and sangria in the lobby of the Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center before the two directors combine their dancers and bring a lively entertaining montage of Latin steps and flair across the stage! 

Sleeping Beauty

Gunter Theatre • September 27 & 28, 2019

Featuring a $10 Educational Show on Friday, September 27 at 9:45 am

In a surprising twist on the classic Disney version of Sleeping Beauty, Justo spins a tale about a princess named Aurora who is cursed by the Fairy of Wisdom, Carabosse. On Aurora’s 16th birthday she will prick her finger on the thorn of a black rose and fall into a deep sleep. Only true love’s kiss can wake her. One hundred years later, the Lilac Fairy tempts prince Désiré with a photo of Aurora and her dancing woodland nymphs. The Lilac Fairy leads Désiré to Aurora where he frees her from her slumber and they fall madly in love.

The Nutcracker: Once Upon a Time in Greenville

Peace Center • December 13 & 14, 2019

Featuring a $10 Educational Show on Friday, December 13 at 9:45 am

Carolina Ballet Theatre proudly presents The Nutcracker: Once Upon A Time in Greenville– a European inspired production that brings all of Clara’s adventures and excitement home to Greenville. Continuing our reinvented holiday classic, the production highlights Victorian societal expectations and prosperity while Clara and her beloved Nutcracker dance their way through the cherished landmarks and stunning scenery of Greenville and into the hearts of the audience.

The libretto is adapted from E.T. A. Hoffmann’s classic story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Choreographed by Herman Justo, the refreshed ballet is based on the original Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov ballet.

All 3 main performances are brought to life by a 100+ person cast including CBT Company dancers and guest dancers from the World’s most premier dance companies.

The Jungle Book Ballet Returns

Gunter Theatre • March 6 & 7, 2020

Featuring a $10 Educational Show on Friday, March 6 at 9:45 am

This storybook ballet is based on the collection of short stories, written by Rudyard Kipling while drawing influence from many of the famed Jungle Book movies. However, the Jungle Book Ballet, much like many of the Carolina Ballet Theatre performances will contain a unique, Greenville twist.

Jungle Book Ballet will feature a unique storyline, centering on the life of Mowgli, a baby abandoned in the Jungles of India and discovered by Bagheera, the Panther. As Mowgli grows, he sets out on an adventure to the human village, acting as an ambassador for the animals. On his mission, he will encounter classic characters like Baloo the Bear and Kaa the Snake. But this unique retelling features the thematic tales of love and forgiveness. Mowgli encounters Shanti, a beautiful human girl, and his life will forever change.

Mowgli will face off with Shanti’s father and brother who set out to mine gems from a temple controlled by monkey’s, and will ultimately be called upon to save the jungle from fire and make peace between the animal kingdom and the human realm.

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