It is the mission of Intercity Ballet Theatre to promote and foster an appreciation of classical ballet and the Arts through professional quality performances, dance education, and community outreach.
For the past thirty years, the Intercity Ballet Theatre has worked to bring guest artists and excellence in classical ballet to Northeast Tennessee. Founded in 1975, the company provides more than 4,000 young children in the Tri-Cities the opportunity to experience live ballet each year with annual performances of The Nutcracker. Intercity also acts as a springboard for many aspiring dancers.
Intercity began with students and schools originating from Johnson City and Kingsport with Mrs. Wilma H. Pace and Mrs. Reese Holloway Toohey as it’s founders. Mrs. Toohey was the first Artistic Director of Intercity Ballet. The hard work and vision of Mrs. Pace and Mrs. Toohey established a tradition that has given joy to countless dancers and the community at large. Over the years Intercity has grown and is now a strong nonprofit organization under the leadership of our present Artistic Director, Dorothy Hanner Ratcliff.
Intercity company members receive training in classical ballet and stage performance. Members are selected by public audition. Our company embraces dancers who range in age from as young as 4 through adulthood. Company members receive training from local artists, as well as master class instruction from visiting professionals. Performance opportunities are available to dancers of varying skill levels.