New Ballet News
Commercial Appeal: New Ballet Ensemble returns to stage in one of the first live performances at Levitt Shell
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.
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 Business.org"
"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 ...
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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 Student Ayana Bruce and Teaching Artist Apprentice Jeremy Bowers perform "The Swan" Virtually alongside the Memphis Symphony Orchestra
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 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!
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To read more click here
November 22, 2014 Commercial Appeal A review of Nut ReMix
Read the article
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.
WREG coverage of NAHYP award and Nut ReMix Preview
Commercial Appeal coverage of NBE winning the National Arts and Humanities Youth Programs Award
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
The best came last. For its final section, Harlem, NSO musicians teamed up with the nine dancers of New Ballet Ensemble...