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North Carolina Dance Theatre Collection

Identifier: MC-0002

Scope and Contents

The collection contains newspaper and magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, programs, and correspondence related to the North Carolina Dance Theatre from 1980-1993. Newspaper articles announcing and reviewing performances make up the bulk of the collection, with those related to budgeting concerns, staff changes, and the company's relocation from Winston-Salem to Charlotte also heavily represented.


  • 1980-1993


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Archives collections may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information which is protected under federal or state privacy laws, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in the collections without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina School of the Arts assume no responsibility.

Historical Note

North Carolina Dance Theatre (NCDT) was established in 1969 by Robert Lindgren, founding Dean of the School of Dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA). Originating as a troupe for advanced students, support from the Rockefeller foundation in 1970 allowed the company to hire twelve dancers and establish itself as a professional dance company. Based in Winston-Salem, the company travelled locally and around the United States presenting a wide range of classical ballets and modern works. From its inception, NCDT made frequent tours to Italy, Switzerland, France, and other European destinations. An additional Rockefeller grant of $250,000 was announced in May 1971, enabling the company to add to their repertory, bring on additional dancers and staff, and tour more widely. As a professional affiliate, the company continued to provide apprenticeships for exceptional students while providing employment opportunities for graduates and a professional outlet for faculty from the School of Dance.

Robert Lindgren, the company’s first Artistic Director, was joined by Pauline Koner and Duncan Noble as Assistant Directors and Choreographers-in-Residence. Janet Spencer was brought on as Managing Director in October 1971. NCDT was incorporated as a non-profit organization with fiscal and artistic independence from NCSA in 1977, though they remained closely linked. Salvatore Aiello became Associate Director and Ballet Master in August 1979, and succeeded Lindgren as Artistic Director from 1985 until Aiello’s death in 1995. Aiello was a prolific choreographer and NCDT premiered many of his works. Under his leadership, NCDT established a new home in Charlotte and presented its first performance of The Nutcracker in 1990. Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride were announced as Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director in 1996 and oversaw the name change from North Carolina Dance Theatre to Charlotte Ballet in 2014. Bonnefoux retired in 2017 and was succeeded by Hope Muir as Artistic Director.

The Dance Theatre has hosted a dance school since 1993. Originally known as DancePlace, in 2005 the school changed its name to North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance. When NCDT was renamed Charlotte Ballet in 2014 the school's name changed again to Charlotte Ballet Academy, as it is known today.


.42 Linear Feet (1 document box)

Language of Materials



The collection contains newspaper and magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, programs, and correspondence related to the North Carolina Dance Theatre, a professional affiliate of the School of Dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts.


Items have been organized by format and arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials found in collection; there is no documentation concerning the provenance of these materials.

Related Materials

As a professional affiliate of the School of Dance for many years, North Carolina Dance Theatre materials are represented in several of our collections including RG-23, the School of Dance Collection; RG-45, the Program Collection; and RG-47, the Promotional Materials Collection.

NCDT often collaborated with other professional affiliates including the Piedmont Chamber Orchestra and Festival Theatre Incorporated, whose records are held in MC-04 and MC-07 respectively.

Costume designs created for NCDT by Christina Giannini are held in MC-26. Materials donated by Sandra Williams, first Ballet Mistress of NCDT are held in MC-20. Edward Stierle appeared as a guest artist with NCDT, and his materials are held in MC-18.

Photographs of NCDT are held in the professional affiliate series of the Photograph Collection, RG-24.

Separated Materials

Two photographs from this collection have been removed to the professional affiliate series of the Photograph Collection, RG-24.

Processing Information

The collection was arranged by format while maintaining the original chronological order of the records. Archivist supplied descriptive folder titles. Materials were placed in acid-free folders and boxes.

Guide to the North Carolina Dance Theatre Collection
Laura Silva
August 2021
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the UNC School of the Arts Archives Repository

1533 South Main St.
Winston-Salem North Carolina 27104 United States