Mission & About
Ballet Palm Beach is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving the art of classical ballet, cultivating new visions in choreography, impacting the next generation through the discipline and power of dance, and enriching the community in the timeless aesthetics of a universal art form. Founded by Artistic Director Colleen Smith in 2001, Ballet Palm Beach is the professional ballet company of Palm Beach County with performances at the Eissey Campus Theatre at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens The company strives to enrich the community and abroad through its numerous outreach programs and community performances. Ballet Palm Beach Academy is located in Palm Beach Gardens with classes offered to students beginning at age 3 years old. For more information about Ballet Palm Beach call 561.630.8235.
Colleen Smith began Ballet Palm Beach in 2001 as a student company, under the name Florida Classical Ballet Theatre. Her aim was to give dance students in Palm Beach County the opportunity to perform in full-scale classical ballets through this new organization. In its first year, Florida Classical Ballet Theatre performed only one ballet, The Nutcracker, to enthusiastic audience response.
From 2001 to 2012 the company underwent incredible change. Professional dancers and trainees were given the opportunity to lead the ranks of students, as audience support continued to grow. Invaluable staff members were added one by one, first as volunteers and then as paid employees. These changes behind the scenes gave way to thrilling development on our stage, as our productions continued to see a rise in technique, expression, and popularity.
In 2013, Florida Classical Ballet Theatre became Ballet Palm Beach, a company of fifteen dancers: six student trainees and nine professionals. The name change symbolized a new era of productivity and twelve years of finding our footing in a wonderfully supported community.
Currently, Ballet Palm Beach performs four main stage performances each season and has welcomed guest choreographers and repetiteurs such as Leslie Peck from the Balanchine Trust and Roger Van Fleteren from Alabama Ballet to set pieces on the company. Artistic Director Colleen Smith has lead the company in creative directions, choreographing a total of 5 full-length ballets based on literature such as Wonderland, Gatsby, and Snow White.