Charlotte Ballet

Charlotte Ballet

Charlotte Ballet is among the finest mid-sized dance companies in the United States. Charlotte Ballet provides artistically excellent programming to diverse audiences in its home city of Charlotte, North Carolina, the Southeast region, and to the varied communities it serves while on tour across the nation. Led by internationally acclaimed Artistic Director Hope Muir, Charlotte Ballet is known for its strong dancers and versatile repertoire, ranging from classical ballet to bold, contemporary works. Charlotte Ballet stays true to its tagline- performing, inspiring and educating!

Charlotte Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement Program is recognized as one of the leading programs in the United States. Our education programs engage students, teachers and the community-at-large through dynamic, educational performances and innovative curriculum-based activities. Classic and contemporary ballets serve as a catalyst for student learning connecting with North Carolina Essential Standards and Common Core State Standards. Charlotte Ballet offers special incentives, online multimedia pre-performance guides and post-performance Q and A’s with dancers.

In April 2014, North Carolina Dance Theatre began operating as Charlotte Ballet.


  701 North Tryon Street




Lecture Demonstration- Middle, High School Student...

Program description

Jazz Program

Middle, High School Students and Post Secondary

The world of jazz music is wide and diverse, and Charlotte Ballet will bring your students highlights from the different styles it encompasses. Started by African Americans as they adapted the music and instruments of the late-19th and early-20th centuries to blend with their unique musical and cultural heritage, jazz is a truly American creation. Below are some of the offerings that Charlotte Ballet II will present.

Celebrating the smooth sounds of jazz, company dancer Karlee Donley choreographs a delicate work matching the rich, deep tones of legendary singer Nina Simone.

Oye Como Va,” by Latin jazz master Tito Fuentes is brought to life in choreography by dancer Andres Trezevant. Latin sounds, rhythms and movement are presently vibrant and alive, creating a captivating experience for audiences.

“Three Timer” is a blues piece with choreography by Mark Diamond that comes from a larger work entitled Contrast. With music composed and performed by Charlotte guitarist Troy Conn, it tells the story of three women expressing their anger with a man in which their emotion is exhibited by aggressive and accented movements.

“Blue Moon” an excerpt  from “Petit Ceremonie,”  from the Charlotte Ballet 2019-20 repertoire; music by Richard Rogers, choreography by Mehdi Walerski.

Ode to Jazz, a new collaboration with choreographers Bianca Bonner and Mark Diamond; will be commemorating the era of 1950’s and 1960’s great jazz dance choreographers Bob Fosse, Gus Giordano and Luigi.

“Poker Game” is an excerpt from the ballet “A Streetcar Named Desire” choreographed by Mark Diamond. It is a piece that shows the excitement of four characters at a game where winning and losing means everything. The music, by drummer Art Blakey is jazz from the 1950’s. The heavy influence of the drums helps to promote this tension; and the solo trumpet is loud and aggressive.

Professional dancers from Charlotte Ballet present an interactive educational program in your school or public venue. These 60-minute, narrated performances feature diverse excerpts from the Company’s contemporary and classic ballets. Active participation by students and an informal Q&A with Charlotte Ballet’s professional dancers make this an exciting program.

Booking / scheduling contact

Kimberly Pereira, Education Coordinator


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Dance
Cultural Origin: American, European, Latino, Multicultural
Program type: Assembly/Performance, Workshop
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Subject: Dance, Engineering, English, Language Arts, Literacy, Math, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Fall: Sep. 23-27, Nov. 4, Nov. 6-8 and Nov. 18-22.

Winter: Jan. 27-31, Feb. 3-7 and Feb. 10-14.

Spring: Mar. 30-31, Apr. 1-3 and Apr. 28-29.

Available times:

Between 9 AM and 5 PM.

Length of program: 60 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

We will need a gym, stage, recreation room or cafeteria with a floor surface of wood, tile or carpet.

Our production team will bring our own flooring and sound equipment. Access to the space is needed 60-90 minutes in advance of the performance.


School or Public Venue.


NC Standard Course of Study:

In English Language Arts Reading Literature (RL) we focus on the Craft and Structure (RL4, RL5, RL6) and the Integration of Knowledge and Ideas (RL7, RL8 and RL9). In Math we focus on Geometry (G) and Measurement and Data (MD).

NC Essential Standards:

From the Arts Education, Dance Standards:

Creation and Performance: CP.2 Students will understand how performance values are used (kinesthetic awareness, concentration, focus and etiquette) to enhance dance performance.

Responding: R.1 Students will use a variety of thinking skills to analyze and evaluate dance.

Connecting: C.1 Students will understand cultural, historical and interdisciplinary connections with dance.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

<p>If emergency or weather related issues occur every effort will be made to reschedule a performance. Cancellations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.</p>