Orlando Ballet entertains, educates, and enriches through the highest quality of dance.
Orlando Ballet began in 1974 as The Performing Arts Company of Florida and was started with twelve young, non-paid dancers and only $4,000. In 1978, the Company changed its name to Southern Ballet Theatre and began performing at the Bob Carr Theater.
Orlando Ballet School is only one of four professional national training academies accredited by American Ballet Theatre®.
Orlando Ballet’s philosophy is that every child who wants to dance or experience dance be provided the opportunity. Arts education and enrichment activities are annual priorities. Programs include STEPS for underserved low-income second and third graders, Come Dance With Us!, a program for children with varying abilities, Intro to Ballet for more than 16,000 public school students to attend performances, and scholarship assistance for those in need.
As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, Orlando Ballet relies on your philanthropic support. Ticket sales and school tuition only cover 70% of annual operating costs. Remaining dollars come from tax-deductible donations made by individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies.