Announcing Carolina Ballet Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season

Carolina Ballet Theatre is proud to announce the 2017-2018 Season. This year’s schedule is packed full of performances that will captivate the Upstate, including three professional shows at The Peace Center, Snow White the Ballet, The Nutcracker: Once Upon a Time in Greenville, and The School of Hard Rocks and several smaller vignettes that are fashioned around important causes, such as Black History month, mental health reform and cancer awareness.

The 2017-2018 Season will officially kick off with a new and unique retelling of the classic fairytale, Snow White the Ballet, by Guest Choreographer from Charlotte Ballet, Mark Diamond. While this story typically portrays the deep envy of the wicked stepmother and the evil that ensues, Mark is able to capture the comedic side of the dwarfs and stepmother (played by a male dancer), the innocence of Snow White and the beauty that true love comes in many formats. The ballet will premier at the Gunter Theatre and will feature three showings, one school show on September 29th and two on Saturday, September 30th..

Back by popular demand, CBT will have three performances of The Nutcracker: Once Upon a Time in Greenville this holiday season. The libretto, adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, is choreographed by Hernan Justo and is based on the original Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov ballet. This season’s adaptation will feature guest artists from nationally renowned ballet companies, celebrity guests, new staging, new costumes, and a surprise musical feature. Perhaps the sweetest treat for all will take place during the Party Scene – side by side with our professional dancers, will be children with special needs performing live. For further details on participating or volunteering with this aspect, please visit: The Nutcracker will run December 22nd and the 23rd at the Peace Center.

During February and in honor of Black History Month, CBT will perform Hernan Justo’s new innovative ballet, Black & Beautiful, A Tribute to African American Dancers.  Justo tells the stories of three dancers that shaped our American dance landscape. Date and location to be determined, if interested in partnerships, please contact CBT Board President, Marie Blough at 864-201-2626.

The Spring, 2018 Season continues with an all new rock ballet – The School of Hard Rocks. This energetic explosion of dance, visual art and music is sure to please audiences of all ages. Artistic Director and Creator, Hernan Justo, brings an important anti-bullying message to the stage. He sets this to old and modern well-known rocks ballads while showcasing arts integration to heal relationships. CBT will conduct two performances of the School of Hard Rocks on March 10th.

Throughout the Season, CBT will have the privilege of partnering with area charities and special causes that will unleash the communicative properties of dance to better our community. If interested in learning more, please visit

Auditions, ticket sales and volunteer information will be posted on the CBT website in August 2017. CBT is currently seeking any interested Season corporate sponsors or patrons who wish to partner and fulfill meaningful arts in The Upstate. If you are interested in supporting Carolina Ballet Theatre, please visit

Carolina Ballet Theatre is also proud to announce new full time employee additions to the professional company.  Martin Justo-Bernardez, from Boulder Ballet, will be moving and joining CBT’s company of dancers for the Season, and Laura Mortimer and Meghan Loman will be promoted to full time CBT Company dancers.

This performance season promises to deliver top of the line productions featuring world-renown dancers, diverse choreography, celebrities, and a variety of artists. The 2017-2018 Season seeks to reinvent ballet as we know it, and is sure to delight all audiences alike.


Founded in 1972, Carolina Ballet Theatre, a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, serves as Greenville’s only resident professional dance company.  CBT’s mission is to engage, educate and entertain its audiences through the dynamic and healing medium of dance.


For press inquiries, interviews with Hernan Justo, or information, please contact Marie Blough at (864) 232.2000 //