New Ballet in the Community

Schools as Partners

Focusing equally on diversity and excellence, New Ballet develops relationships with community organizations, local schools, and corporations, bringing instruction and live performances to children and adults across Memphis and the Mid-South. Last season, New Ballet reached over 20,000 Mid-Southerners through performances.

"New Ballet was the best ballet program I have seen in the twenty-nine years I have taught at Dogwood School! The children were able to relate to and actively participate in the presentation. They became excited about ballet, and many wanted to know more about dancing and learn to dance themselves. I would recommend this presentation to any school!"

~Mrs. Miller, 4th Grade Teacher at Dogwood School

Family Resource Center Grand Opening October 20

The NBE Family Resource Center at Dunbar Elementary School partners with Memphis health and human service organizations to invest in socio-emotional and economic supports for families in Orange Mound. Seminars begin September 29 and run throughout the year in Tuesday evenings at 6pm.

Arts TOO!  A multi-disciplinary arts experience will be offered to facilitate parents' discovery and development of their own passions. (Funded by the ArtsMemphis Engagement Transforms Communities grant)

New Ballet welcomes Joyce Coleman as Parent Liason! Joyce has worked as a volunteer at New Ballet since 2009 when we began our residency. We welcome her officially to the New Ballet Staff!  Family Resource Arts Co-ordinator, John Washington has led African drumming and dance at NBE since 2007, originally as a founding member of the ArtsMemphis CommunityDanceSpace (at NBE) partner. Office hours are available to parents on the school website and in Tuesday folders. Many thanks to Regions Bank for supporting financial literacy.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Leann [at] newballet [dot] org

School Residencies

Dunbar Elementary School

Since 2008, NBE has been in residence at Dunbar Elementary in the Orange Mound Community. Students have grown into New Ballet's midtown studios as well as "high arts concentration" schools with a history of excellence in education (Colonial Middle School for the Performing and Fine Arts and Overton High School for the Performing and Fine Arts). Dunbar graduates have performed with the great Yo- Yo Ma and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and consistently with New Ballet, working 20+ hours in the studios after school and on Saturdays. Thanks to Dr. Anniece Gentry's leadership, NBE is in our eighth year of active engagement in this neighborhood school. All students are eligible to participate in the TEAM UP Memphis Grizzlies Mentoring Initiative at the studios and Lunch Buddies at Dunbar Elementary.

The ArtsMemphis Engagement Transforms Communities grant supports the official launch of the Family Resource Center this year. ALL parents, grandparents and guardians are welcome.

Belle Forest Community School

New Ballet has worked with leader, Lori Phillips since 2008 to bring excellence in the arts to children in school settings.  With a state of the art ballet and dance studio, a parent resource center and, piano program, Belle Forest is committed to arts education and a two generation approach. NBE is actively seeking corporate or foundation investment to build a satellite at Belle Forest Community School.

Binghampton Development Corporation

A new partnership in Binghampton at the Lester Community Center has been built soley on the genre of Urban Dance. BDC Lester Community Center Urban Dance participants will matriculate into New Ballet studios where more resources for a variety of dance education experiences are available. All students are eligible to participate in the TEAM UP Memphis Grizzlies Mentoring Initiative at the studios.

Find Funding for Your Organization

New Ballet is listed on the Tennesse Arts Commission's Artist Roster for funding related to Student Ticket Subsidy as well as Arts Appreciation mini-grants and residencies.

Student Ticket Subsidy exists to provide ticket subsidy funds to public schools for arts and cultural experiences to encourage schools to expose Tennessee students to a broad variety of cultural experiences, arts disciplines and artists.  You can apply for Student Ticket Subsidy for any of our school performances as well as our annual productions of NutRemix and Springloaded.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the online application, or would like more information about how to partner with New Ballet, please contact Jill Brookoff at jill [at] newballet [dot] org or call 901.726.9225.

Grizzlies TEAM UP Mentoring program

Whether a one to one match or in a group setting, mentors make a difference. Call Jill Brookoff to find out how you can become an integral part of TEAM UP MEMPHIS. (901) 726-9225

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Mentoring sessions are once weekly and on site. We will take group trips to the grizzlies games and group events such as Ubuntu bring us together to dance. Group mentoring leaders visit the youth here at NBE, offering various experitse (nutrition, college counseling, physio health, fine arts, music and more)!