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
Swan Lake – CCB’s First Full-Length Ballet Ever Staged – Performed at USC’s Drayton Hall 1965
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 1977
First Full-Length Production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Filmed for SCETV 1977
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. 1978
First Partnering of William Starrett and Mariclare Miranda at the Diaghilev Gala at Township Auditorium Performing “Les Sylphides” 1978
Premiere of Carmina Burana with the Columbia Philharmonic Orchestra and Choral Society at Township Auditorium 1979
SCETV Films Coppélia for the Network and Wins Prize at Berlin Film Festival for the Film 1979
First Full-Length Production of La Sylphide and “Paquita” at Township Auditorium with Warren Conover as Guest Dancer and Filmed for SCETV 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
Nutcracker Production Showcases Columbia Lyric Opera Orchestra, Conducted by William J. Moody, as First Time CCB Has a Live Orchestra 1982
Madonna and Angels Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Kress Collection at Workshop Theatre -Photographed by Kenn Duncan of New York 1984
Nutcracker is Filmed for SCETV 1984
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” 1985
William Starrett Joined the Columbia City Ballet Staff as Associate Artistic Director 1985
Swan Lake is Filmed for SCETV 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 Becomes Artistic Director Upon Ann Brodie’s Retirement 1986
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
World Premiere of First Full-Length Production of Snow White The Ballet 1989
World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet Dracula:  Ballet with a Bite 1991
William Starrett Becomes Company Manager In Addition to Artistic Director 1992
World Premiere of 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 1996
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 and Marks the Company’s 8th Original Full-Length Ballet Added to CCB’s Repertoire – Believed to Be the Most of Any Company in the United States 1997
CCB Dances Final Performance of Dracula:  Ballet with a Bite During the 100th Anniversary of Dracula and Has Now Played to More Than 50,000 Audience Members in Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg, Sumter and Savannah, Georgia 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, First South Carolina Premiere, 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 The 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
World Premiere of Full-Length Ballet Motown Ballet 2021