Charlotte City Ballet Company
Charlotte City Ballet Company is a pre-professional, community-based, non-profit ballet company featuring classic and contemporary works. Founded by Claudia Folts and Beverly Barwick in 1985 and currently under the direction of Melissa Hale Coyle and Lisa Leone, CCBC has performed with the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra, Carolina Voices, BalletFest Atlanta, and Charlotte Civic Orchestra. In a recent interview, Coyle shared more about Charlotte City Ballet.
Ballet is our focus at Charlotte City Ballet. We are a pre-professional company, not a dance studio. As part of this work, we train and educate ballet dancers, offering age-related classes to dancers in our company: 8–10 and 12–17 year olds. We develop the physical and intellectual understandings of dancers and build self- and community-awareness. Our training emphasizes the physical specificity of ballet and strength, flexibility, and stamina building. Our dancers also know about ballet history and terminology. We do outreach with Charlotte-area libraries, homeless shelters, and retirement centers.
Charlotte City Ballet performs several times a year. Upcoming performances include a Sunday, November 25th performance as part of the Charlotte Civic Orchestra Christmas Extravaganza and free performances at Southpark Mall, Saturday, December 8 at 11am and 1pm. CCB is working on a spring production of Snow White and will take dancers to University of North Carolina School for the Arts Festival of North Carolina Dance.
Melissa Hale Coyle, who co-directs Charlotte City Ballet Company, is a former member of American Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Ballet, and Tulsa Ballet Theatre. She continues her association with American Ballet Theatre, teaching as part of their Alabama-based Summer Intensive. Her co-director, Lisa Leone, performed with Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Rotaru, and Oregon Ballet Theatre.
Photo: Melissa Hale Coyle and Lisa Leone