About Us

About Us

About Orlando Ballet

Excellence, Joy and Power

Orlando Ballet is Central Florida’s only resident professional ballet company providing an annual season of full length ballets, new works, and non-traditional programs, performing at the Dr. Phillips Center and in local venues.

The company has been at the heart of Orlando’s artistic community since 1974. Orlando Ballet School (OBS) was created in 1982 to enrich the lives of children, train the next generation of artists, and build future audiences. The company was voted Best Dance Company in Orlando Weekly’s Best of Orlando 2016.

Orlando Ballet’s vision is to Central Florida’s most creative and most loved ballet company. With a mix of classical and contemporary ballet, we enrich the cultural growth of Florida and attract stellar talent. Our community outreach programs impact tens of thousands of children each year and the Orlando Ballet School serves more than 1,200 students at three locations in and around the city.

Our artistic program, our school and our community work is encompassed in three words:

EXCELLENCE – Our Company performs full-length ballets, contemporary masterpieces and new works featuring guest artists from the world’s leading companies. builds diverse audiences

JOY – Orlando Ballet brings the joy of dance to as many people as possible through our performances, showcases, special events, workshops and presentations, including our UnCorked program that provides audiences with an insight into the Orlando Ballet’s work and artistic vision.

POWER – Orlando Ballet uses the power of dance to make a positive impact on the lives of young people and the community through our extensive education and outreach programs including our STEPS project for underserved, low-income children and through a variety of programs for children and adults with mobility problems or health issues including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. We also ensure that every child who wishes to dance or experience dance is provided the opportunity through our Intro to Ballet performances for public school students to scholarship program for those in need of assistance.

“Outstanding, amazing Orlando Ballet! We are so lucky to have such incredible talent here in the City Beautiful!”

– Nicole Acquilano

History

The Performing Arts Company of Florida

Orlando Ballet began in 1974 as The Performing Arts Company of Florida and was started with twelve young, non-paid dancers and only $4,000. In 1978, the Company changed its name to Southern Ballet Theatre and began performing at the Bob Carr Theater.

The company now performs at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Since 2009, the Company has been under the creative expertise of Artistic Director, Robert Hill. Hill is a former principal dancer with American Ballet Theater®, Royal Ballet, Covent Garden and the New York City Ballet. He has taught for American Ballet Theatre®, the ABT® Studio Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and for companies where he creates and stages his work. Today, Orlando Ballet is Central Florida’s only fully residential professional ballet company. More than 100,000 captivated theatregoers, residents and visitors, are spellbound by the originality, vitality and spirit that have earned the organization its critically acclaimed reputation.

Orlando Ballet produces year-round Main Stage productions featuring meticulous staging of timeless masterpieces and innovative contemporary world premieres, its annual The Nutcracker with live orchestra, performance lecture demonstrations, and outreach programs. Orlando Ballet employs a full-time professional Company of 25 national and international dancers. Combined with extraordinary costumes, sets and lighting design, the Company achieves the highest level of professionalism and artistic excellence. Additionally, Orlando Ballet supports pre-professional dancers through Orlando Ballet II.

Orlando Ballet School

Orlando Ballet School

The Next Generation of Artists

Under the direction of Dierdre Miles Burger, former principal dancer with Boston Ballet and Boston Ballet School Director, Orlando Ballet School was created to enrich the lives of children, train the next generation of artists, and build future audiences.

Orlando Ballet School is only one of four professional national training academies accredited by American Ballet Theatre®. It attracts more than 1,200 local and international students and in 2014, was named “Outstanding School” at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. The School’s three campuses provide year-round professional ballet training, as well as performance and touring opportunities, summer intensive training, workshops and master classes, and teacher training programs. Graduates of Orlando Ballet School have pursued professional careers with major dance institutions including American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Paul Taylor Dance Company.

Arts Education and Community Outreach

Providing Opportunity

Orlando Ballet’s philosophy is that every child who wants to dance or experience dance be provided the opportunity. Arts education and outreach activities are annual priorities. Programs include STEPS for underserved low-income second and third graders, Adaptive Dance for students with Down syndrome, Intro to Ballet for more than 16,000 public school students to attend performances, and scholarship assistance for those in need.

Orlando Ballet Can Take Center Stage With Your Help!

Your Philanthropic Support

As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, Orlando Ballet relies on your philanthropic support. Ticket sales and school tuition only cover 70% of annual operating costs. Remaining dollars come from tax-deductible donations made by individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies.

Your patronage ensures the vitality of the Ballet and furthers its mission to entertain, educate, and inspire our community. Please join us center stage by investing in Orlando Ballet and ensuring that future generations have the opportunity to experience the magic of dance. Support is annual and offers exclusive privileges at various levels. By choosing to become a member or elevating your support, you provide the essential resources necessary for Orlando Ballet to entertain, educate, and enrich the cultural growth of Florida through the highest quality of dance.

ORLANDO BALLET IS A 501(C)(3) NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE TO THE FULL EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW. A COPY OF THE OFFICAL REGISTRATION (#CH11282) AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORESEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. ORLANDO BALLET RETAINS 100% OF EVERY CONTRIBUTION. PRIVILEGES AND BENEFITS OF ALL MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES ARE ANNUAL AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.