About Carolina Ballet
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 Robert Weiss. In 2019, Zalman Raffael became the Artistic Director/CEO joined by Michele Weathers as Executive Director. For more than 20 years, Carolina Ballet has garnered critical praise from the national and international media, staged over 100 world premiere ballets, and in 2018, chartered the School of Carolina Ballet. Since our inaugural season in 1998 the company has grown from 16 dancers and 5 apprentices dancing 3 programs, to 38 dancers performing 8 programs per season including the magical holiday tradition The Nutcracker.
Carolina Ballet’s vision is to remain one of the top ballet companies in America with national and international recognition, thus contributing to the enhanced reputation and ever-increasing quality of life in our community and the State of North Carolina.
Carolina Ballet’s mission is to perform world-class professional ballet, entertaining and enlightening audiences in Raleigh, the Triangle region, the State of North Carolina, and beyond. We hope to accomplish this mission by
attracting, developing, and retaining excellent dancers and artistic personnel combined with a fiscally responsible management and board of directors;
commissioning new works by innovative choreographers;
presenting traditional ballets of legendary masters;
and educating current and future audiences through programs for school-aged children and other performance outreach activities.