Our Purpose

Duke Ballet Company (DBC) is Duke's premiere student-run ballet company. DBC serves to bridge the gap between the Duke Dance Program faculty and Duke University's ballet students. The company is a supplement to the Duke Dance Program, which offers a dance major and minor, ballet and pointe classes, and performance opportunities. Learn more about the Duke Dance Program here

DBC trains and showcases dancers with a strong technical background, develops the artistry of ballerinas so that they may grow as performers, provides community service performance and teaching opportunities, and allows students to utilize the diverse set of skills required to manage and direct a company, beyond a classroom and studio setting. 

Our Story

DBC was founded in 2013 by Noelani Ho (T'17), Nicolena Farias-Eisner (T'17), Haylee Levin (T'17), and Stephanie Joe (T'16). DBC is committed to fostering a nurturing environment for all ballerinas at Duke to learn, perform, and share ballet. We create both new works as well as drawing upon existing choreography from classical and contemporary repertoire. 

Executive Board

President: Danielle Dawes (P'18)

  • Vice President: Ellie Pasquale (T'19)

Artistic Director: SarahAnne Perel (T'20)

  • Performance Coordinator: Emma Crossman (T'19)

Marketing Director: Lilly Blanchard (T'19)

  • Head of Social Media: Sabrina Qi (P'20)
  • Apparel Chair: Noelle Li (T'20)
  • Social Chair: Lilly Blanchard (T'19)

Treasurer: Julia Kemper (T'19)

Dance Council Representative: Sabrina Qi (P'20)