The Charleston Ballet’s TRILOGY is devoted to dance and is another exceptional series of performances planned for your enjoyment. Always diverse, our 57th season brings the best in dance entertainment to the Charleston stages. A unique blend of

          regional and national talent
        combines for a force that will move
      you with power and passion.

  • See the energy...
  • Feelthe emotion...
  • Enjoy our trilogy of dance!


La Bayadere The Temple Dancer

October 19-20, 2012 7:30 p.m. Charleston Civic Center Theater

Set in exotic India, this full-length ballet is a love triangle between Nikiya, a bayadere or temple dancer; Solar a noble warrior, and Gamzatti, beautiful daughter of the wealthy Raja.

With a rich score by Minkus, this classical ballet was first performed in St. Petersburg’s Maryinsky Theater in 1877. The famed second act “Kingdom of the Shades” is one of the most well known in the ballet repertoire. Performed with many guest dancers from Columbia Classical Ballet in South Carolina, you won’t want to miss this premier West Virginia performance of LA BAYADERE (The Temple Dancer).

The Nutcracker 10th Anniversary Performances

December 14-15, 2012 7:30 p.m. plus a 2:00 p.m. matinee (Dec. 15) Clay Center Maier Performance Hall

December is the time that many families experience the annual tradition of attending the NUTCRACKER ballet. This is the 10th anniversary with the Charleston Ballet and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra for this special holiday series. Come and celebrate as we light up the theater with another memorable staging of Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score. With over 75 local and guest dancers, these are the only performances in the state to the live music of Maestro Grant Cooper’s West Virginia Symphony Orchestra!

Partners and Pairs

March 22-23, 2013 7:30 p.m. Charleston Civic Center Theater

This mixed bill performance will have you clapping your hands and shouting “Ole!”

  • You won’t be able to stop tappin’ your toes to the encore performances of SQUAREDANCE, a ballet danced to some of the best Appalachian folk tunes played and sung by our own Senator Robert C. Byrd.
  • A dramatic classical pas de deux, DIANA AND ACTAEON tells of the Greek mythology tale of Diana, goddess of the hunt, and her encounter with a young hunter, Actaeon.
  • Straight from Spain, MAJISIMO, a ballet for five couples performed to the music of Massenet, is a wonderful exhibit of passion, athleticism and style!