New Ballet News

Commercial Appeal: New Ballet Ensemble returns to stage in one of the first live performances at Levitt Shell

May 7th, 2021

In one of the first live performances at the Levitt Shell since early 2020, the school was able to perform for a crowd. Reed was able to see his work return to the stage, feel his hometown crowd, and grasp back some of the normalcy that had been lost since he left New York.

High Ground News: "These dancers are talented, passionate, and staying in Memphis to teach."

December 24th, 2020

How did its teaching artists find their way to New Ballet Ensemble and School? For LeAnthony Douglas, it was hip hop. London Bruce was introduced to the company through theater. No two paths were the same, but many came first as young students.

Local 24 News: "Arts, Entertainment and Recreational businesses down nearly 70% in TN according to"

December 21st, 2020

"Donors are responding positivily but there is fear," said Katie Smythe, New Ballet Emsemble CEO. Smythe said this has been a challenging year. While donors are continuing to give and be supportive, Smythe said there is a lot of uncertainty about what will happen in the future. The ballet school normally teaches 600 students a week through the program with Shelby County Schools and students ...

cityCURRENT: "New Ballet Ensemble & School: Bringing Youth Together Through Dance"

November 13th, 2020

Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Katie Smythe, CEO and Artistic Director, and London Bruce, Teaching Artist, at New Ballet Ensemble & School, who highlight their efforts to bring youth together by providing a professional standard of dance training, regardless of the ability to pay.

Alumni Spotlight: Charles 'Lil Buck' Riley Stars in Netflix's Documentary Mini-Series "MOVE"

October 23rd, 2020

SCS En Español highlights Noelia Garcia Carmona, Associate Artistic Director

October 14th, 2020

CEO and Founder Katie Smythe Awarded Thomas W. Briggs Community Service Award

September 30th, 2020

We're excited to announce that our CEO and Founder Katie Smythe has been awarded the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Community Service Award! "Children can succeed when the arts are behind them and the arts will succeed when philanthropy is behind us” -Katie Smythe. Read more about the award and Katie's vision and incredible work in our ...

Commercial Appeal features New Ballet Board Vice-Chair, Marvin Davis, in article regarding Black representation at the executive level in Memphis' major companies

September 22nd, 2020

We are grateful for the leadership and expertise on our Board of Directors, Deborah Northcross (Chair) and Marvin Davis (Vice-Chair), who have been invaluable in advancing our mission to bring children and youth together by providing a professional standard of dance training, regardless of the ability to pay.

Announcing our Partnership with Kindred Place

September 1st, 2020

We're excited to be partnering with Kindred Place to offer free mental health services to our students! This has been a challenging year, and we are proud to provide equitable access to mental wellness support in addition to rigorous dance training in order to nurture our students physically, creatively, and ...

New Ballet named in Top 20 Places to Take Kids in and around Memphis (KOAA)

August 11th, 2020


June 1st, 2020

Our mission empowers us to continue the work of building community through art and promoting change through action. We are committed to fostering an environment of equity and inclusion within our organization and in our community, at large. 

New Ballet Raises 10k+ for Orange Mound Food Fund

May 15th, 2020

Local 24 News: "New Ballet Ensemble works to provide equity and continuity during COVID-19"

May 12th, 2020

New Ballet Student Ayana Bruce and Teaching Artist Apprentice Jeremy Bowers perform "The Swan" Virtually alongside the Memphis Symphony Orchestra

May 1st, 2020

New Ballet Raises $100k+ in First Ever Virtual Fundraiser during Coronavirus Crisis

April 21st, 2020

New Ballet Receives $85,000 Grant from the Hearst Foundations to Expand Pathways Program

January 15th, 2020

It is with great appreciation and enthusiasm that New Ballet Ensemble & School announces a grant of $85,000 from The Hearst Foundations of New York to support the Pathways Program, which provides dance training for students in low-income neighborhoods. This funding will be used for student recruitment, student training, and professional development for the Teaching and Performing Artists who ...

New Funding for New Ballet from Hohenberg Foundation and International Paper

December 5th, 2019

New Ballet is excited to announce new funding from the Hohenberg Foundation for the Visiting Artists Grant and International Paper's support of our newest school show, ¡José!

Senior Spotlight: Nokomis McElroy

May 10th, 2019

Nokomis started dancing when she was 1 year old, and has been with NBE for 12 years! She started out as one of our first students in our Dunbar Elementary satellite program, and then came to NBE full time. Her favorite styles of dance are Flamenco, Hip Hop, and Jazz. Nokomis has accepted a full scholarship to Christian Brothers University and intends to major in nursing so that she can ...

Senior Spotlight: India Pigues

May 5th, 2019

India has been dancing for 10 years, and has spent the past 5 years with NBE. Her favorite style of dance is Ballet. India will be attending Marymount Manhattan College in the fall and intends to study dance. 

Senior Spotlight: Liv Gamble

May 5th, 2019

Liv has been dancing with NBE for 12 years. Her favorite style of dance is Contemporary. After graduation, Liv intends to take a gap year in Paris to learn French and immerse herself in a new culture.

Senior Spotlight: Caroline Irmscher

May 4th, 2019

Caroline has been dancing since she was 2 years old, and she hasn’t stopped since! She has been with New Ballet for 6 years, and her favorite dance styles are Ballet and Modern. Caroline will be attending Elon University in the fall and intends to double major in Dance Performance and Choreography and Communication Design.

Senior Spotlight: Jeremy Bowers

May 4th, 2019

Jeremy has been dancing for the past 10 years, and has spent the past 2 years with New Ballet. His favorite style of dance is Memphis Jookin. Jeremy intends to study dance and writing in college.

Senior Spotlight: Asya Miles

May 4th, 2019

Asya has been dancing for 12 years with New Ballet Ensemble. She started out as one of our first students in our Dunbar Elementary satellite program, and then came to NBE full time. Her favorite style of dance is Contemporary. Asya has accepted a full scholarship to Vanderbilt University, and she intends to become a speech pathologist and potentially an activist for those with autism.

Senior Spotlight: Precious Price

May 4th, 2019

Precious has danced for 12 years with New Ballet. Similarly to Asya, Precious was one of our first students at our Dunbar Elementary satellite program and then came to NBE full time. Her favorite style of dance is Ballet. Precious has accepted a full scholarship to attend Xavier University and intends to major in biology.

Honoring the life of Rev. Dr. Mel A. Tomlinson

February 12th, 2019

We are saddened to inform you of the loss of Dr. Mel A. Tomlinson who journeyed to Memphis to perform in Nut Remix 2018, his last turn on the stage with the children who looked up to him as a mentor and hero.

School climates benefit from Arts Infusion programs with groups like NBE.

July 6th, 2016

An Arts360 grant supports a new Bartlett Elementary School-NBE partnership.

June 30th, 2016

My Art Story by Katie Smythe

April 14th, 2016

New Ballet, symphony return to stage delayed ‘Memphis Renaissance’/‘Harlem’ program

September 16th, 2015

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Memphis Dance School Honored at White House

December 11th, 2014

November 22, 2014 Commercial Appeal A review of Nut ReMix

"Nut ReMix" brings energy to Cannon Center Setting

November 22nd, 2014

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Video of the First Lady Presenting the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

November 12th, 2014

On November 10, 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama congratulated the 2014 winners of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards in the East Room of the White House.

Memphis' New Ballet Ensemble wins Award at White House

November 11th, 2014

WREG coverage of NAHYP award and Nut ReMix Preview

New Ballet Ensemble, star student honored at White House

November 10th, 2014

Commercial Appeal coverage of NBE winning the National Arts and Humanities Youth Programs Award

A Man in Constant Motion, Lil' Buck Expands Jookin's World

June 26th, 2014

BOSTON — The dancer known as Lil Buck was walking across a stage in slow motion, four beautifully exaggerated steps, like a moment out of “The Matrix.”

New Ballet Ensemble – Program 2, National Symphony Orchestra: NEW MOVES: symphony + dance season – Washington

May 21st, 2014

The best came last. For its final section, Harlem, NSO musicians teamed up with the nine dancers of New Ballet Ensemble...