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, Charlotte, NC 28202




Educational Theater Performances-Nutcracker, Innovative Works and Peter Pan

Program description

Charlotte Ballet offers exceptional, low-cost theater performances for students.

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about ballet and dance
  • Experience a live, professional performance tailored just for students
  • Ask the dancers questions during a Q&A
  • Visit a beautiful theater in Uptown Charlotte 

For Teachers:

Complimentary online multimedia study guides are provided before the performance to enhance student appreciation and understanding. These guides include sample lesson plans guaranteed to engage students.

Nutcracker (Appropriate for grades K-12)

Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holidays at Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Nutcracker! This unwavering holiday spectacular is complete with extravagant sets and costumes, the treasured Tchaikovsky score and of course, a magnificent snowfall on the Belk Theater stage. Feel the magic in the air as we follow Clara on her timeless adventure to the whimsical Land of Sweets and encounter some familiar friends and foes along the way.

Innovative Works (Appropriate for grades 6-12)

Innovation is unlimited in this fan-favorite series. We welcome for the first time Jennifer Archibald, founder and director of the Arch Dance Company in New York City and Cincinnati Ballet’s resident choreographer. Also featured will be the 2021 Guggenheim Fellow and University of North Carolina School of the Arts alum Helen Simoneau, whose dance-making explores proximity, intimacy and personal space. The third work for the program will be announced soon.

Peter Pan (Appropriate for grades K-12)

Let your imagination soar on a magical journey to Neverland with Peter, Wendy, Tinker Bell and the rest of your favorite Neverland characters. This never-before-seen version of Peter Pan with new choreography by Christopher Stuart lets audiences uncover the mysteries of Peter’s life before his famous adventures and is sure to leave you feeling like you can fly. Just beware, you may encounter some pirates crocodiles and pixie dust during your journey…

Booking / scheduling contact

Kimberly Pereira


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Dance
Cultural Origin: American, European, Latino, Multicultural
Program type: Day Trip
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Kindergarten, Pre-K, Teachers
Subject: Dance, History, Language Arts, Literacy, Social Studies / History
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Nutcracker: December 14, 2022-10:30 AM/Belk Theater

Innovative Works: February 9, 2023-10:30 AM/Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance

Peter Pan: April 27 & 28, 2023-10:30 AM/Knight Theater (Never-before-seen version)

Available times:

Nutcracker: 10:30 AM/Belk Theater

Innovative Works: 10:30 AM/Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance

Peter Pan: 10:30 AM/Knight Theater (Never-before-seen version)

Length of program: 75 minutes

Nutcracker: Belk Theater

Innovative Works: Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance

Peter Pan: Knight Theater (Never-before-seen version)

Fees / Ticketing:


Peter Pan: $10 per person, $7 for CMS Title I schools

Innovative Works: $10 per person, $7 for CMS Title I schools

Nutcracker: $15 per person, $10 for CMS Title I schools.


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).

RL.2.1. Answer who and what, where, questions to demonstrate understanding of details in a familiar text.

RL.4: Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

CCR Anchor Standard RI.3 – Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.

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

All cancelations are reviewed on a case by case basis by our Director of Education and Community Engagement.