Carolina Ballet is one of America’s premier arts organizations, programming traditional ballets by legendary masters and new works by contemporary choreographers. The Ballet was launched as a professional company in 1998 under the direction of Founding Artistic Director/CEO Robert Weiss. Since 2017, has been co-directed by Weiss and Zalman Raffael. For more than 20 years, CB has garnered critical praise from the national and international media. We have staged over 100 world premiere ballets, and in 2018, chartered the School of Carolina Ballet. Since its inaugural season in 1998, Carolina Ballet and this community have accomplished something remarkable. The Company has grown from a budget of $1.2 million featuring sixteen dancers and five apprentices in three programs to a $6.0 million budget. We now feature 38 dancers in eight programs including the magical holiday tradition, The Nutcracker.