The Charleston Ballet


The Charleston Ballet, the official West Virginia State Ballet, was formed in 1956 by Andre Van Damme. Mr. Van Damme achieved great success in his native Belgium as the first star dancer with the Royal Opera. His vision was to provide stage experience in a professional atmosphere for West Virginia dancers and to create a greater appreciation for the art of ballet.

The troupe has been a pioneer among regional ballet companies in the United States. For nearly 6 decades, the civic troupe has enriched the cultural life of West Virginia, performing hundreds of traditional and original ballets. Known for its artistic integrity and discipline, the ballet also has been one of the most socially responsible groups in the community.

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Charleston Ballet Holding Company and Apprentice Auditions for 2014-15 New Season

The Charleston Ballet, Official West Virginia State Ballet, under the direction of Kim R. Pauley will hold two separate audition classes for company membership and apprentice positions for the upcoming season. Open Company auditions for the Charleston Ballet will be held 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday May 7, 2014 for the next 2014-15 season of performances. The Apprentice audition will be held on Thursday, May 8, 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for younger dancers (ages 11-15).

Male and female dancers of advanced ability with a classical ballet background are encouraged to audition for the company. Dancers must be at least 14 years old and women must be proficient in pointe work.

The Apprentice audition will be held from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2014. For the apprentice positions, male and female dancers must be between 11 and 15 years old with a classical ballet background and possess at least an intermediate level of technique. Girls must be working on pointe. All interested dancers and their parents must comply with the company membership regulations.

The upcoming season (2014-15) will include an exciting classical and contemporary repertoire and the NUTCRACKER with the WV Symphony Orchestra. In October, a performance of the classical masterpiece ROMEO AND JULIET will be presented with the Columbia Classical Ballet of South Carolina and in March 2015, a production of Tchaikovsky's SWAN LAKE will be staged. In addition to the main stage ballets, a number of smaller events take place during the season with a variety of dance styles at various venues.

These auditions will be held at the Charleston Ballet studio location at 100 Capitol Street on the mezzanine. Call 304-342-6541 for additional information or visit our website at


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