South Carolina's Largest Performing Arts Organization Celebrates 60 Years!

Company Highlights

 

Highlight Year
Columbia City Ballet Founded

1961

First CCB Performance – Mixed Repertoire and “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”

1962

First Grand Pas de Quatre of CCB with “Black Swan” Pas de Deux from Swan Lake with Ann Brodie and Johnny DeHart

1965

First Full-Length Production of Nutcracker

1966

First Full-Length Production of The Sleeping Beauty

1967

First Full-Length Production of Giselle

1969

Igor Schwezoff Conducts Workshop for CCB from New York City

1970

American Ballet Theatre’s Michael Lland Staged Pas de Deux from Flower Festival

1971

First Full-Length Production of Swan Lake at Dreher High School Auditorium

1971

First Full-Length Production of Coppélia

1975

William Starrett First Performs with CCB as a Special Guest Artist

1976

First Full-Length Production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

1978

Premiere of Carmina Burana with the Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra and Choral Society at Township Auditorium

1979

First Full-Length Production of La Sylphide and “Paquita” at Township Auditorium with Warren Connover as Guest Dancer

1980

Mariclare Miranda Dances Her First “Sugar Plum Fairy,” Walter Miller as “Nutcracker Prince” and Kyra Strasburg (who went on to become a Principal with Boston Ballet) as “Snow Queen”

1980

Homage to Diaghilev Performed at Township Auditorium Honoring Serge Diaghilev

1981

Filmed the Full-Length Production of Cinderella for SCETV, which was nominated for an Emmy, with Ballet Mistress Mimi Wortham-Brown in the title role.

1982

Nutcracker Production Showcases Columbia Lyric Opera Orchestra, Conducted by William J. Moody, as First Time CCB Has a Live Orchestra

1982

First Full-Length Production of Romeo and Juliet Filmed by SCETV with Joint Choreography of Ann Brodie and William Starrett. With William Starrett as “Romeo,” Mariclare Miranda as “Juliet,” Thom Jones as “Lord Capulet,” Thomas Richards as “Tybalt,” Donna Lewis as “Lady Montague,” Ann Brodie as “Lady Capulet” (her last CCB performance), and Ashley Tuttle (who went on to become a Principal with American Ballet Theatre) as “Juliet’s Friend”

1984

Madonna and Angels Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Kress Collection at Workshop Theatre -Photographed by Kenn Duncan of New York

1984

William Starrett Joined the Columbia City Ballet Staff as Associate Artistic Director

1985

 Columbia City Ballet’s 25th Anniversary Celebration – The Stars Come Home Held at Keenan Theatre

 1986

Moved the Company Headquarters All Under One Roof to Its Current Downtown Main Street Location (Corner of Main and Taylor Streets)

1986

William Starrett Became Artistic Director Upon Ann Brodie’s Retirement

1987

Vyachaslav Gordeyev, Artistic Director and Principal Dancer of Moscow Ballet and the Principal Dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet Taught a Masterclass for CCB

1987

Commissioned Sets and Scenery for a New Full-Length Nutcracker – The First Production Created Specifically for the New Koger Center for the Performing Arts

1987

Implemented the Educational Outreach Program Reaching Approximately 32,000 Children Annually

1988

Implemented the Summer Dance Institute Partnering with The University of South Carolina

1988

The South Carolina Arts Commission and Governor Carroll Campbell Present Columbia City Ballet with the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award for Arts Organizations with Special Recognition Given to Ann Brodie on May 3, 1988. The Verner Award Recognizes Those Individuals and Organizations Whose Vital Support of the Arts Enriches and Promotes South Carolina’s Artistic Heritage. Awards are Named for the Late Mrs. Verner, an Internationally Renowned Charleston Artist Whose Etchings and Pastels Brought the Scenes of This State’s Lowcountry to the Attention of a Worldwide Audience.

1988

Moved the Company to Its New Performing Home – the 2,200 Seat Koger Center for the Performing Arts

1989

First Full-Length Production of Snow White

1989

World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet Dracula:  Ballet with a Bite

1991

First Full-Length Production of Beauty and the Beast Which Set Koger Center Box Office Records with Three Sold-Out Performances Thus Adding a Hold-Over Performance. This Performance Was Created for Peter Kozak (Beast/Prince) and Mariclare Miranda (Belle) and Also Featured Gillian Murphy (who went on to become a Principal with American Ballet Theatre).

1993

World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet Ballet Tara

1994

World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet Aladdin

1995

World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet Pocahontas

1995

Staged “Stravinsky Evening” Featuring “Rite of Spring” and “The Soldier’s Tale” with Full 85-Member South Carolina Philharmonic

1996

World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet The Hunchback of Notre Dame

1997

Brought In Prima Ballerina Gelsey Kirkland to Coach the Company for Giselle

1997

World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet Don Juan

1997

Staged Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and Choreographed by Septime Webre

1998

Implemented the South Carolina Summer Dance Experience in Myrtle Beach

1998

World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet Dracula’s Revenge

1998

William Starrett Returned to the Stage After Revolutionary Hip Replacement and Was Featured on Dateline NBC with 22 Million Viewers, Dancing “Prince Charming” in the Full-Length Cinderella

1999

Filmed the Full-Length Productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Swan Lake for SCETV

2000

World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet Frankenstein

2000

First Full-Length Production of Don Quixote Which Was Also Filmed by SCETV

2001

40th Anniversary Celebration Production Featuring Reigning American Ballet Theatre’s Principal Ballerina and Columbia City Ballet Alumni Gillian Murphy with Partner American Ballet Theatre’s Principal Dancer Marcelo Gomez

2001

William Starrett Receives the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award on May 8, 2002 – The Official Governor’s Award for the Arts and the Highest Honor the State Gives to South Carolina Organizations, Businesses and Individuals Participating in the Growth and Advancement of the Arts in South Carolina.

2002

Filmed the Full-Length Ballet Beauty and the Beast for SCETV

2002

Performed Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo Set by Joffrey Ballet’s Paul Sutherland

2003

World Premiere of the $1.2 Million Production of Off the Wall and Onto the Stage:  Dancing the Art of Jonathan Green

2005

Company Featured in Southern Living Magazine

2005

World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet The Lion King of Mali

2006

 Nationally Recognized in Dance Magazine for the Company’s Commitment to Maintaining Diversity by Keeping One-Third of the Company African American, Reflecting the Makeup of the Community

2006 

World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet Cleopatra

2008

World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet Hootie & The Blowfish Ballet

2009

World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet The Little Mermaid

2010

Selected as the Featured Artistic Performers for the Columbia Mayoral Inaugural Gala

2011

50th Anniversary Gala Production with Guest Performers Harby Gonzales of VISTA Ballroom and Sarah Lane of American Ballet Theatre

2011

Implemented “Body & Movement Explored” Dance Event to Increase Awareness and Appreciation for Mixed Repertoire as Well as the Contemporary and Modern Dance Movement

2013

World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet The Little Prince

2013

World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet Alice in Wonderland

2014

World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet Peter Pan

2016

World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet Emanuel:  Love is the Answer

2017

World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet Beatles The Ballet

2019

World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet The Great Gatsby

2020