About Charlotte Youth Ballet

The Charlotte Youth Ballet (CYB) is the only dance company in the Carolinas that highlights professional guest artists and offers our most accomplished youth dancers the rare opportunity to actually partner with professionals. This creates a tremendous learning environment for the youth while providing them the opportunity to be an integral part of high quality productions. CYB's commitment to inclusion serves our mission and the community simultaneously by giving the best ballet dancers from across the region equal opportunities to participate in a professional-level productions.



Charlotte Youth Ballet History

What started as a dream of Artistic Director Gay Porter has grown into something truly wonderful. With the Charlotte Youth Ballet's first production of The Nutcracker in 1982, and one every year since, and with the numerous story book ballets including Snow White, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Alice In Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz, many of which were created by Gay Porter herself, the Charlotte Youth Ballet has be been delighting Charlottean audiences for over 35 years.

From humble beginnings at the Children's Theatre, to Ovens Auditorium, and finally to our current home at Halton Theater, each season of the Charlotte Youth Ballet has seen talented dancers from all across the greater Charlotte area learn and grow from our truly unique experience, dancing together with regional and international guest professionals.


September 15, 2018
Halton Theater — CPCC Uptown Campus

Calling all students of ballet in the greater Charlotte area!
Here's your chance to become a part of an actual ballet company. The Charlotte Youth Ballet auditions over 100 ballet students from across the greater Charlotte area in grades 3 through 12. Our annual holiday production of The Nutcracker and our spring storybook ballets provide you the opportunity to participate in a classical ballet productions along side professional dancers on the big stage.

Our Dancers

With some of the most talented ballet students in the greater Charlotte area combined with the raw talent of regional and international guest artists, the Charlotte Youth Ballet offers some of the most graceful, energizing and engaging full-length ballet productions in the city. For over 30 years our dancers have been wowing Charlotteans with their high-energy and precision under the leadership of our own Charlotte legend, Gay Porter.