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Pedro Szalay, Artistic Director
Southwest Virginia Ballet
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Celebrating 30 years of dance, 1990-2020

Pre-Professional Dance Company

Open to Ballet Students in the Roanoke Region

Dancers train at the studio of their choice during the week and come together on weekends for training and rehearsals.

Annual Performances

Including The Nutcracker, plus Dickens of a Christmas, Festival in the Park, events at the Taubman Museum of Art, and other community outreach events.

Membership is free

Company membership, instruction, and costumes are provided. Membership is based on demonstrated skill level and is open to all dancers.


Since 1990

Our mission is to make the performing arts experience available to all ages from all walks of life through full-length productions of varied repertoire including classical ballet, contemporary, and new works. Southwest Virginia Ballet provides, free of charge, the highest quality of pre-professional training possible to young dancers and promotes cultural enrichment and awareness to the art of dance. SVB is committed to offering outreach opportunities for under-served and at-risk children and adults from across Southwest Virginia.

Serving Southwest Virginia


While SVB is best known for The Nutcracker, the company performs at events throughout the region. The company comes together for weekend training and rehearsals while taking a minimum number of classes at their home studios.

Free of Charge


Dancers explore many dance forms, including Classical & Contemporary Ballet, Modern and Jazz with some of Virginia’s most talented choreographers.

Dancers represent schools from across Southwest Virginia


Excellence in pre-professional, youth dance with artistic, instructional, and performance opportunities and achieving regional, national, and international recognition.

Dec. 11-12 at The Berglund Performing Arts TheatreThe Nutcracker Tickets at the Berglund Center!

Southwest Virginia Ballet’s 30th annual LIVE performances of The Nutcracker 2021 at The Berglund Performing Arts Theatre will be held on December 11 at 3pm and December 12 at 3pm.

The Nutcracker Shop is also open! SHOP NOW