Artistic Mission of The Florida Ballet

To utilize dance as a form of communication. Through this language, The Florida Ballet will preserve and reproduce the past as well as discover and create the future.


About The Florida Ballet 

The Florida Ballet at Jacksonville, Inc. (d/b/a The Florida Ballet) was founded in 1978 by Laurie Picinich-Byrd and Michael F. Byrd.
The Company debuted at the old Civic Auditorium Little Theatre in March of 1979. In addition to the theater performances, the company dancers also gave educational programs in schools. The service to Jacksonville’s young people was established from the first season. The next season a federal grant allowed the dancers to present over 125 in-school programs, in addition to the dance concerts in the theater.

Today, the Florida Ballet is housed at 300 East State in downtown Jacksonville. The facility encompasses three large sprung-floor studios, dressing rooms, professional sound system, and offices for staff. Staff members include Artistic Director, Administrative Director, Development Director, and 8 full and part-time professional teachers with over 25 years’ experience in dance education. Many of the faculty are also certified in ABT curriculum.

The Florida Ballet is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of business and civic leaders from across the northeast Florida area and is IRS registered 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the state of Florida.

Affiliated Organizations

BRAVO: A Savory Experience for the Senses..

Come join The Florida Ballet for its 1st Annual Fundraiser; Bravo. A Savory Experience for the Senses. 

We are partnering with 20 of the areas top restaurants and local craft brewers to create some unique pairings. Restaurants will be creating culinary delights using a select craft beer. Craft brewers will be present sampling the select beer as well as others from their own repertoire. 

During the evening, guests can mingle with choreographers and dancers while enjoying mini performances. On the half hour a wide variety of innovative and exciting short choreographic offerings will be performed ranging from classical ballet to more contemporary works.

Bravo offers an exciting experience for all the senses: sight, scent and taste; all equally deserving of their own standing ovations.

March 29, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm 

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