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The State Ballet Of Rhode Island

About The Company

The State Ballet of Rhode Island is the longest standing semi-professional civic, regional ballet company in Rhode Island and one of the longest standing in the United States that performs a service for its region. Herci Marsden is the Artistic Director and a founding member.

The State Ballet of Rhode Island is the state’s first established classical ballet company in residence. Its mission is to create, present, preserve and extend the great repertoire of classical dancing to the widest possible audience, while providing exciting performances and educational programming of the highest quality.

Since its premiere performance in November of 1960 at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, SBRI has sustained itself in a wide variety of venues. Also, SBRI is the state’s first ballet company to offer Cultural Enrichment Programs to community schools. The Explore Ballet Workshop is designed to offer an onsite ballet curriculum including demonstrations and short performances. The Field Trip to the Ballet gives students an opportunity to attend the ballet at the theatre.

Many accomplishments have occurred during The State Ballet’s long history. Some include: performing with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Providence Opera, WaterFire, Gloria Gemma Flames of Hope and numerous state-wide civic celebrations, as well as representing Rhode Island throughout the United States and Europe.

Former company dancers of The State Ballet of Rhode Island have gone on to work with many prestigious dance companies all over the world and many dancers have established their own professional companies. For more information about The State Ballet of Rhode Island, its school, and programs, explore our website or contact Ana Marsden Fox by e-mail at or by phone at (401)334-2560.