Charlotte Ballet

The Chautauqua Dance program, formed by artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux in 1989, includes performances by the Charlotte Ballet in residence and the renowned School of Dance.

Chautauqua Dance is distinguished by its strong Balanchine influence. In addition to masterpieces in classical ballet, it stages modern dance and contemporary ballet. The Charlotte Ballet presents four performances in Chautauqua’s Amphitheater during its eight-week season, with an average of 10 world premieres by guest and resident choreographers. Preview performances in the Carnahan-Jackson Studios, where the company and school study and rehearse daily, have also become anticipated events for Chautauqua fans. 


Charlotte Ballet in Residence 

CharlotteBallet-webThe Charlotte Ballet’s mission is to provide artistically excellent programming to diverse audiences in its home city of Charlotte, the Southeast region, and to the varied communities it serves while on tour across the nation. NC Dance Theatre has received critical recognition nationally for excellence in programming, education and outreach, and dance training. 

Founded in 1970, Charlotte Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in North Carolina. Today, the organization enjoys a national reputation for excellence in programming, education and outreach, and dance training.

Under the artistic direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, former New York City Ballet stars, Dance Theatre has attracted superb dancers and built a versatile and diverse repertoire ranging from full-length classical ballets to innovative contemporary works.



  • Monday, June 26, 2017 | 08:15pm

    Ailey II: Revelations

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    Ailey II begins its residency with a program built around Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece, Revelations. Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues, this cultural treasure fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

    Location: Amphitheater
    $20, Community Appreciation Night, gate pass or event ticket required


  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | 08:15pm

    Ailey II: New Works

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    Universally renowned Ailey II will capture audiences with this stunning new works program that will feature Bridget L. Moore’s Sketches of Flames. Moore fuses flamenco influences with her African-American and contemporary aesthetic to create a rapturous ensemble work.

    Location: Amphitheater
    $43, gate pass or event ticket required


  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | 08:15pm

    Dance Innovations, Charlotte Ballet

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    Charlotte Ballet in Residence presents an evening of innovative and exciting dance. World-premiere choreography will highlight an evening of the dramatic and fanciful in contemporary dance.

    Location: Amphitheater
    Gate pass or event ticket required.
    Community Appreciation Night