The North Carolina Dance Theatre’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.
North Carolina Dance Theatre is a Charlotte-based, world class repertory dance ensemble. It performs classic, contemporary and cutting-edge dance with virtuosity, energy, and artistic excellence for local, statewide and national audiences. Dance Theatre’s collective talents provide the opportunity and give us the responsibility to challenge, stimulate, educate, entertain, and thereby enrich our audiences.
Founded in 1970, North Carolina Dance Theatre 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. The Company has an annual budget exceeding $4 million and employs 22 professional dancers. Through its second company, North Carolina Dance Theatre 2
, the group fosters the growth of apprentice dancers.