The 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 2001, the Orlando Ballet School received its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the company changed its name from the Southern Ballet Theatre to Orlando Ballet the following year.
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 and performs its annual season at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The Company includes not only dancers from the United States, but also Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Romania and the Ukraine. The Orlando Ballet School is currently home to over 1,250 students in four locations, and has trained some of the brightest young talent in the world of dance today. Graduates have gone on to dance professionally with Orlando Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, The Royal Danish Ballet and the Hamburg Ballet as well other companies in major US cities.
We look forward to having you experience our company as well as the school!