US International Ballet (USIB), Wilmington School of Ballet (WSB), Wilmington Ballet Company (WBC), and Studio A of Wilmington are four distinct organizations with different missions.
Although each is different, these arts institutions work together on joint projects. WSB and WBC have partnered on projects since 1999. USIB joined the affiliate network in 2016, and Studio A joined in 2020. Joint projects are the cornerstone of this network affiliation.
To further illuminate the network, below is a definition of each organization.
What is “US International Ballet?”
USIB has a two fold mission: Health and Innovation
First, the USIB American trainee program promotes health in ballet by opening professional opportunities to dancers of diverse body types.
Second, USIB creates twentieth century choreography combining ballet, technology, and visual effects with an intention of touring and changing the perception of ballet in the modern age.
USIB currently works with a number of agencies in addition to Wilmington Ballet Company, including Piacenza (Italy), Brunswick County Arts Council, Jacksonville Dance Theater (Jacksonville NC), Inspirations Dance Center (Southport, NC), and Justice Elite Dance Company (Morehead City NC). USIB intends to expand its partnerships globally.
Wilmington Ballet Company
Wilmington Ballet Company(WBC) is a non-profit outreach and production company committed to bringing professional calibre ballet to the Wilmington area and to reach diverse populations with the art of ballet. WBC organizes productions that include special needs participants, inner city participants, rural organizations, private schools, public schools, and many more. WBC hosts events at museums, libraries, cultural centers, theaters, outreach institutions, and schools.
WBC has partnered with Wilmington School of Ballet (WSB) since 1999. WSB sponsors WBC by providing reduced rate studio space, storage space, administrative support, management support, volunteer support, and a consistent student corps de ballet. WBC could not otherwise afford these services. In return, WBC provides WSB with exposure and goodwill to the community.
Prior to 2016, WBC hired professionals from regional companies including NC Dance Theater, Washington Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Nashville Ballet. HIring dancers from these companies was expensive and limited. Since opening in 2016, USIB has provided professionals for all of WBC productions at a greatly reduced rate, allowing WBC to expand its outreach and offerings to the Wilmington community.
Wilmington School of Ballet/US Ballet Institute
Wilmington School of Ballet (WSB) is an educational institution founded in 1999. WSB has four primary divisions: preschool, elementary, high school (conservatory), and post high school/post college (vocational trainee). US Ballet Institute is the vocational trainee program.
WSB works with WBC in two productions annually at Cape Fear Community College's Wilson Center. WSB provides a rehearsed student corps to participate in the production. WSB also provides storage space, studio space, administrative support, and management support to the Wilmington Ballet Company.
USIB utilizes the WSB studios in the morning when the school is not in operation. And students from Studio A can take classes with WSB, allowing students to take a wide range of dance classes.
US Ballet Institute (USBI) is a vocational trainee career program that prepares dancers for a vocational profession in dance. Dancers are typically poorly prepared for an “after dance career”. USBI bridges this gap. Due to the strength of our network of affiliations, USBI is able to offer vocational trainees hands-on training and experience in three organizations simultaneously. Dancers learn the skills of a professional dancer, a studio manager, a dance educator, and an outreach manager. No where in the world offers this combination of practical career dance training.
Studio A of Wilmington
Studio A of Wilmington is a dance school founded in 2017. Studio A of Wilmington offers a diverse range of dance, tumbling, and cheerleading training for all ages 2 and up. Studio A is also home to the Studio A Dance Company, a competitive dance team for children ages 5 and up.
Similar to WSB, Studio A provides dancers to participate in WBC productions, as well as providing storage space, studio space, administrative support, and management support to the Wilmington Ballet Company. Students from WSB can take classes from Studio A. This affiliation allows dancers to increase their range of dance training to additional styles from pre-professsional ballet conservatory training, to contemporary and jazz styles, to tumbling, acro, and cheer.