Please join us for lunch!
Join us on Monday, December 12th 2022 for a fun meeting with performances by members of the Columbia City Ballet under the direction of Rotarian William Starrett. Columbia City Ballet (CCB) offers Southeastern audiences the highest quality ballet and provides dancers with some of the finest professional dance training.
Columbia City Ballet was co-founded by James Montjoy Calvert, Naomi Calvert and original Artistic Director Ann Brodie. Since Columbia City Ballet’s founding in 1961 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, it has integrated the world of dance within the lives of Columbians. In that era, the Ballet was a civic dance group staging only two performances a year.
Today, Columbia City Ballet has increased its total number of major performances to more than eighty per year while reaching more than 51,000 people in a season! Columbia City Ballet presents four to five full-length ballet productions each season. Additionally, CCB tours annually to cities throughout South Carolina, Florida and Georgia. Columbia City Ballet has also repeatedly toured to Chicago, Charlotte and Washington, D.C.
The ballet attracts not only audiences from all over the region that are eager to attend performances but also quality artists from all over the country and the world eager to be a part of such an accomplished ballet company. South Carolina claims one of the strongest, most versatile ballet companies in the region and country. Locally, Columbia City Ballet has the distinction of having presented more performances and clocked more time on the Koger Center for the Arts’ stage than any other performing organization.
Columbia City Ballet believes that its mission as an artistic and creative organization is strongly enhanced by its commitment to diversity, equity, access and inclusion. Inclusion of diverse perspectives, backgrounds and experiences among our professional dancers, students, staff, repertoire, audience, board members and volunteers is of primary importance to them because it is the right thing to do and:
- Builds energy
- Fuels growth
- Inspires creativity
- Fosters a welcoming environment that celebrates all forms of diversity
- Columbia City Ballet recognizes that this commitment does not embody a destination but represents an essential and ongoing journey.