Get To Know Us

The Charlotte Youth Ballet provides ballet students from all across the greater Charlotte area to experience being a part of a ballet company. Structured into Corps de Ballet and Company (Apprentice, Company and Sr. Company), the Charlotte Youth Ballet provides the opportunity of progressive growth through the company just as with any other ballet company.

The Charlotte Youth Ballet utilizes regional and international professionals for principals and soloists, although the most talented Company dancers may be asked to perform solos. For all the Charlotte Youth Ballet dancers, it is an extrordinary, unforgetable one-of-a-kind experience to be able to dance along side our professionals in full-length ballet productions.  Click here to view the 2016 CYB brochure


Our Dancers

Principals & Featured Artists

Regional and international professionals take center stage as Charlotte Youth Ballet principals and featured artists, including dancers from Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico and Charlotte's own OMIMEO Mime Theatre.

Guest Artists

Regional and international professional guest artists compliement Charlotte Youth Ballet's principals and featured artists as our primary soloists.

Our Artistic Leadership

Artistic Direction

Artistic direction for the Charlotte Youth Ballet sits squarely with our founder, the Charlotte legend, Gay Porter. For over 30 years, Mrs. Porter has directed the Charlotte Youth Ballet through annual productions of The Nutcracker to numerous storybook ballets, many created by Mrs. Porter. Assisting Mrs. Porter is Bridget Young. Mrs. Young, having danced with the Charlotte Youth ballet, brings a unique perspective to the Charlotte Youth Ballet's direction and choreography.

Our Board

The Charlotte Youth Ballet is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of professionals and leaders from all across the greater Charlotte area. Board members serve up to two consecutive 3-year terms. While the Executive Officers focus on the day-to-day operations of the Charlotte Youth Ballet, the directors as a whole address such challenges as long term planning, development and fundrasing as well as public relations, marketing and social media.

Executive Officers

Laura Delgadillo – Aspect Software Co-Chair
Susan Thorsland – Jamie Masters School of Dance Co-Chair
Vironica Dawson – Beautycounter Secretary
Erica McCullough - Community Leader Treasurer


Bianca Barton – Keymac USA
Faye Bell - Community Leader
Vironica Dawson - Beautycounter 
Laura Delgadillo - Converge One
Sunny Giles - Community Leader
Erica McCullough - Community Leader
Anita Mooy -  General Electric
Jeff O`Keefe - Community Leader
Lori O'Keefe – Community Leader
Natalie Petro – St. Anne's School
Dameron Zackowski - Community Leader

Administrative Staff

Laura Wallace Executive Administrator
Cindy Gruber Relations Manager