The Chautauqua Dance program, formed by artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux in 1989, includes performances by the Charlotte Ballet in residence and the renowned School of Dance.


Chautauqua Dance is distinguished by its strong Balanchine influence. In addition to masterpieces in classical ballet, it stages modern dance and contemporary ballet. The Charlotte Ballet presents four performances in CHQ’s Amphitheater during its eight-week season, with an average of 10 world premieres by guest and resident choreographers. Preview performances in the Carnahan-Jackson Studios, where the company and school study and rehearse daily, have also become anticipated events for CHQ fans. 

School of Dance

The School of Dance provides a select group of students from across the nation the opportunity of studying with world-renowned teachers. Students work regularly with choreographers Mark Diamond, Bonnefoux, Maris Battaglia and Michael Vernon. Under the tutelage of Patricia McBride, they also present ballets by Balanchine and Petipa. The most advanced students receive the experience of performing with live orchestras in the 4,000-seat Amphitheater. The School of Dance also provides instruction for CHQ vacationers of all ages. Classes include ballet, modern dance and creative movement. Please see the Special Studies catalog or contact us.

Charlotte Ballet in Residence 

CharlotteBallet-webThe Charlotte Ballet’s mission is to provide artistically excellent programming to diverse audiences in its home city of Charlotte, the Southeast region, and to the varied communities it serves while on tour across the nation. NC Dance Theatre has received critical recognition nationally for excellence in programming, education and outreach, and dance training. 

Founded in 1970, Charlotte Ballet is the oldest professional ballet company in North Carolina. Today, the organization enjoys a national reputation for excellence in programming, education and outreach, and dance training.

Under the artistic direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux andPatricia McBride, former New York City Ballet stars, Dance Theatre has attracted superb dancers and built a versatile and diverse repertoire ranging from full-length classical ballets to innovative contemporary works.


Chautauqua Dance Circle

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The Chautauqua Dance Circle (CDC) is a supportive, enthusiastic link between the Chautauqua Dance Program and the CHQ community. We provide scholarship money to attract the most promising ballet students to CHQ’s Summer Dance program. Our Monday afternoon programs and pre-performance lectures will increase your appreciation of ballet, and enhance your enjoyment of the Charlotte Ballet (NCDT) in Residence performances. 

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