Gem City Ballet was formed for 3 main purposes:

(1) to educate young dancers in the joys and rigors of ballet performance;

(2) to make quality ballet performances available to a wider audience;

(3) to provide new and experienced choreographers an opportunity to create new works.

Barbara Pontecorvo,
Artistic Director

Gem City Ballet (GCB) was formed by Barbara Pontecorvo on January 8, 1992 initially to provide a performance outlet for the advanced students of Pontecorvo Ballet Studios. Originally known as Ballet de Jeunesse, there were eight women and one man present at the first rehearsal. Dancers are admitted by audition only, and auditions are open to all serious dance students in the Miami Valley area.  GCB has produced twentey professional dancers in its short history. GCB performed its first Balanchine ballet, Concerto Barocco, in 2003, at the Victoria Theatre in Dayton.

Gem City Ballet relies on donations from corporations and patrons like you for over a third of its operating budget.  Gem City Ballet is recognized as a 501(c)(3) corporation and all donations are tax-deductible  You can donate via Paypal using the button below.

For more information, call 937-550-9245.

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Gem City Ballet begins its 23rd season with two premieres: Autumn Nights by Barbara Pontecorvo and a new work by Gregory Robinson, and two favorites from our repertory: Shostakovitch Dances and Minkus Pas de Trois.Come join us for a dance filled weekend.
October 10-12, 2014
Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2pm
Stuart Sebastian Performance Space
20 Commercial Way, Springboro
Tickets $5-$10, available at or by calling 937-550-9245. Seating is limited.