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Wilmington Ballet Company is a pillar of the arts in Southeastern North Carolina

Wilmington Ballet Company integrates diverse audiences and performers from wide ranging socio-economic, cultural, racial, age, ability, body type, and educational backgrounds into professional calibre ballet productions and educational outreach programs. Through decades of experimentation, the organization has discovered and perfected innovative inclusion techniques that engage a potpourri of people into the art of Ballet. The non-profit production company creates truly impactful experiences for both audiences and participates.

 

As a non-profit, the company's mission is to impact, educate, and inspire diverse populations through intimate exposure to professional calibre ballet.  Collaboration with community groups is the cornerstone for successfully assimilating diverse groups into performances.

 

Special Olympics, senior performing groups, inner-city outreach organizations, public school drama programs, college art clubs, community opera groups, local theater associations: these are just a sampling of the partner organizations that make the companies’ remarkable diversity possible.

 

The company additionally intends to grow a diverse audience for the art of ballet. In partnership with US International Ballet, a cutting edge professional ballet company, productions are designed to entertain a twenty first century audience. Visual effects, digital background, and circus arts are all combined with professional ballet to create an exciting theatrical spectacle.

 

The Wilmington Ballet Company also contracts professional ballet dancers, guest circus artists, visual artists, innovative costumers, seasoned actors, eclectic puppeteers, and a variety of technical artists in order create highly visually entertaining productions. For this reason, the vast majority of performances are sold out!

 

Ballet outreach is too often simply a lovely performance without any lasting effect for the attendees. Since 1999, Wilmington Ballet Company has been dedicated to creating lasting impact for underserved populations in Southeastern North Carolina.  The company partners with educational institutions to create long term opportunities for those who would otherwise be excluded from learning ballet.

 

Wilmington School of Ballet partners with WBC by offering annual scholarships to outreach participants who show interest but are socio-economically disadvantaged. Inspiration Dance Center partners to bring a classically trained ballerina weekly into a rural city to expand the classical offerings locally available. The company provides curriculum to public school teachers to further the experience of a production into the classroom. Weekly adaptive dance classes are offered with a sliding scale to dancers with mental and physical disabilities. These are just an example of the long term outreach programming provided to the community by the company.

 

Wilmington Ballet Company is devoted to the belief that arts can heal cultural divides and wounds by bringing diverse peoples together in a creative mission. Below is a link to WHQR about a quintessential Wilmington Ballet Company production where races, ages, and genders were combined in a way that brought social and cultural issues to the forefront in a healing and honest way.

Every year Wilmington Ballet Company produces four theatrical productions that are attended by as many as 5000 people. Over 700 people directly perform and over a dozen community organizations participate. Wilmington Ballet Company intends to be a cultural force for change by opening to all peoples the historically elite art form of ballet and thereby, enriching our world through the beauty of classical dance.

 

Adaptive Dance

Wilmington Ballet Company (WBC) is committed to making ballet truly accessible to dancers of all abilities. Adaptive dance is based on the belief that everyone can dance. Classes and performances are designed to allow each dancer to be their very best as a student and a performer. Everyone is welcome.

Ballet is an artform meant to deeply impact both the dancer and the audience. Frequently, audience members express emotions about the beauty and meaning of our adaptive dance numbers. Our special dancers feel appreciated and successful when they hear the applause of an audience. Truly our adaptive dance programs achieves the ultimate goal of impacting both the dancer and the audience through the art of ballet.


 

Performance Inclusion

Adaptive dancers are integrated into performances in one of two ways. Select adaptive dancers may be assimilated directly into a piece in the ballet. However, this is not the perfect fit for all adaptive dancers. Assimilating directly into the ballet may mean managing changing lights, loud music, and being on a specific time frame. This can be too stressful for some adaptive dancers.

 

WBC strives to give every adaptive dancer a successful performance experience. Therefore, an intermission show is frequently performed by adaptive dancers. This allows for the lights and music to be calm. There is not a specific time limit or other distractions on stage. Inclusion specialist dance team members can be on stage with the adaptive dancers.

 

Often our company dancers join our adaptive dancers in these intermission show numbers. Adaptive dancers love these special performances, especially the bows! During an intermission show, an adaptive dancer can take all the time they need to bow. This is often an exhilarating experience for both the audience and the dancer.

 

Classes

Weekly adaptive dance classes are available on a sliding scale. Adaptive dance classes teach the fundamentals of ballet and contemporary. Dance classes provide physical, and social stimulation for adaptive dancers.

 

Classes teach fundamental coordination, ballet terminology, musicality, and spatial awareness. Dancers learn to work together in making formations and maintaining patterns. Adaptive dancers develop self esteem as they feel the accomplishment of being a part of a dance group.

 

Contact us for further detailed information.

 

Breaking Boundaries

Wilmington Ballet Company has a long history of breaking boundaries and ceilings for members of our community. WBC is committed to creating opportunities and opening doors for those who experience limitations in our region.

 

Limitations are not limited to one race, ability, gender, or peoples. Limitations come in all shapes and sizes. Wilmington Ballet Company collaborates with numerous organizations with the sole purpose of creating opportunity.

 

Socio-economic challenges, physical/mental limitations, and gender expectations currently are the focus of our groundbreaking work.

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Elizabeth Hester

Executive Director

Mrs. Hester, Executive Director of Wilmington Ballet Company she is also the Founder of the Wilmington School of Ballet & Dance, the Wilmington Preschool of Fine Arts, Glitz & Glam, and ZFitness Wilmington. Her goal in establishing these companies was to provide many opportunities to students in the Lower Cape Fear Region of NC for quality dance education.​​
Hester was a soloist with Raleigh Dance Theater and a former faculty member of the Raleigh School of Ballet. Hester studied at the Atlanta Ballet as a scholarship student, the Walnut Hill School of the Arts, North Carolina School of the Arts, East Carolina Dance Program, and the Richmond Ballet, & has a degree in Civil Engineering from NC State.

 
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Artistic Director

Ines Albertini

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Soloist

Alexandra Gosiangfiao

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Company Member

Asa Berger

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Company Dancer

Sophia Dodd

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Artistic Director

Walter Angelini

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Soloist

Victor Smith

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Company Dancer

Alexander Charles

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Company Dancer

Sedona Iles

Dancers

Community Partners

 

2018/2019 Season Partners

 

Below is an overview of the extraordinary integration practices developed by Wilmington Ballet Company.  

 

Special Olympics - performs a piece in the production and a special intermission show

Dreams (Inner City Outreach) - has performed with WBC for numerous years

New Hanover County Public Schools - numerous school specific performances

(with curriculum provided for teachers)

Wilmington Children’s Museum - annual ballet character event at the Museum

New Hanover County Library System - annual ballet day event at the Central Library

Thalian Association - singing live during the snow scene of Nutcracker

Coastal Christian High School - drama department produces a “show within a show” that

Narrates the spring production

Southside Dance Centre (Rural Dance Studio) - Columbus County) - from a Rual county that

Doesn’t have a professional theater - this studio have over 30 dancers annually perform a Candy Cane scene in the Nutcracker since 2009  

      

Inspirations Dance Centre (Rural Dance Studio - Brunswick County) - WBC tours to

  • Neighboring Brunswick County and partners with this local dance

  •  Studio to include local Children in Nutcracker - WBC also sends out

  • A ballet teacher weekly to offer ongoing education

Wilmington Celebration Choir - an adult to Senior Choir that performed the pre-show of Nutcracker

Leland Cultural Center - Free Community Performance

YWCA - Free preschool and afterschool dance program

Girl Scouts - Arts Events and Discounted ticket programs

Wilmington School of Ballet - scholarship partnership and performing partnership

Coastal Dance Academy - Performs in an intermission show

Babs McDance (Adult Ballroom Dance Studio) Adults and Seniors have performed adult dance in Nutcracker party scene for many years

Glory Academy of Fine Arts (Christian Dance Studio) - performed pre-show

Gore Dolls - Collaboration for Character displays in lobby ranging from children’s characters at Family Friendly Ballets to Haunted House Characters at Vampires, the ballet

Juggling Gypsy - provide circus artist including stilt walkers

Hannah Block Community Arts Center - free community performance

Brunswick County Arts Council - community arts events

Other Community Partners


Highlights of other community partner Agencies that have collaborated on projects with WBC in Wilmington:

 

Lower Cape Fear Hospice - Wilmington Ballet Company “re-invented” a beloved local tradition event - Cape Fear Festival of Trees - see “news” page

New Hanover Memorial Hospital - Gala Fundraising Event

UNCW - Cultural Arts Department - Free school show performances

UNCW - Watson School of Education - create curriculum for school performances that meets standard course of study for teacher use

Cape Fear Raptor Center  - include live rescued birds in the lobby and production of Swan to bring attention to the local rescue facility

Cape Fear Community College Art Club - create a snow backdrop for Nutcracker. Gave student artist the opportunity to explore creating professional backdrops and created a lasting set peice

Cape Fear Community College Music Department - performed vocals live of snow Scene

 

Ashley High School Singers - performed vocals live for Snow Scene

Cameron Art Museum - Kids at CAM - Community youth work with professional

choreographers to create a “reflection on an exhibit” dance event that is free to children in the community

 

NC Aquarium - Community educational events

Reenactors Society - performed fight scenes in lobby and played characters in performance Glow Academy - sent out professional dance teacher to set a dance on Glow Students who are generally from socio-economically diverse background and are predominantly minority. Glow students performed a court dance in Swan Lake

 

Snipes Academy - has performed numerous times an intermission show. Title one school.

 

Girls Inc - discounted tickets - scholarship offerings

Techniques in Motion - performed Mother Ginger in Nutcracker. Predominantly a hip hop/tap Studio - bringing diverse dancers to the ballet

Cape Fear Roller Derby Girls - performed the role of Wolves in the Jungle Book production

Pop Warner Cheerleading - performed the role of Vines in the Jungle Book production

Opera Wilmington - performed the music for the snake scene in Jungle Book

Dance Cooperative - performed the night sky lights scene in Jungle Book

Cripple Creek Cloggers - performed the elephant thunder in Jungle Book

Wilmington Girls Choir -  has performed as a guest for Wilmington Ballet Company and Wilmington Ballet Company has performed as a guest in Girls Choir Concerts

Kathy Snow Productions - performed Lobby show and intermission show  

Providence Preparatory Academy - performed Narration for Jungle Book

Wilmington Christian Academy - performed the pre-show for Nutcracker

Port City Gymnastics - Performed in Mother Ginger in Nutcracker

Gymnastics Unlimited - Performed in Mother Ginger in Nutcracker

Friends School of Wilmington - Performed Narration for Jungle Book

Cape Fear Academy - Performed the music pre-show for Nutcracker

East Brunswick High School - Performed an intermission show for Nutcracker on tour

 

Brunswick School of Dance - Performed in Nutcracker both in Wilmington and on tour to Brunswick County

East Brunswick High School Show Choir - Performed in Nutcracker on tour

Azalea Festival Multicultural stage - WBC has performed numerous times for the Azalea Multi-Cultural Stage as well as other Azalea Festival Events

Chinese American Association - performed authentic Chinese dance in WBC production

Mexican American Association - performed authentic Mexican dance in WBC production

Philippine American Association - performed authentic Philippine dance in WBC production

Evolution Dance - performed in the preshow of a production - predominately a competition studio - bringing a diverse group of dancers to a ballet

Southport Christian High School - performed a handbell pre-show for Nutcracker

Dance Quest - Performed a pre-show for WBC production - typically a clogging studio - Bringing a diverse group of dancers to a ballet

 
 

PERFORMANCES

October 25 & 26, 2019
at Thalian Hall (Wilmington NC)
April 26, 2020
at the Wilson Center (Wilmington NC)
December 15, 2019
at the Wilson Center (Wilmington NC)
December 20, 2019
at Odell Williamson Auditorium (Bolivia NC)

Giselle

June 5, 2020
at Kenan (Wilmington NC)

OTHER PERFORMANCES

  • New Hanover County Schools - January 30th, 2019

Wilmington Ballet Company will be performing a children’s production of Wizard of Oz at Minnie Evans Performing Arts Center exclusively for New Hanover County School System students. Supplemental curriculum will be provided for teachers to use in the classroom to achieve standard course of study goals.

Students will explore the correlation between literature and ballet. Original film and visual effects will compliment professional ballet to bring the characters to life for the children.

Contact us directly for further detailed information.

 

  • Children’s Museum Ballet Day - May 4th, 2019

Ballet day at the Wilmington Children’s Museum is a community favorite. A reduced fee day of the museum features characters from a storybook ballet. Have a tea party with a character, watch a child specific performance, and meet a real live princess! The Museum day is always correlated to the WBC spring ballet performance. Young preschoolers can experience ballet characters before they are old enough to attend a theater performance. Exposing children to arts experiences is formative in developing a love for culture.
 

  • New Hanover County Library Princess Event - May 11th, 2019

The Main public library dedicates the top floor once a year to host a ballet princess event. Children experience interactive activities that bring ballet to life. Crafts with characters, storybook time with a ballerina, and live interactive performances are just some of the activities offered. As a free event, the day offers an excellent opportunity for all children in the community to experience ballet.

 

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