New Ballet's Virtual School Performances

New Ballet Ensemble and School (NBES) brings relevant and lively displays of dance to young audiences through virtual performances and live interaction with audiences online. Their distinctive productions showcase a wide variety of dance genres, including Ballet, Flamenco, Hip-Hop, Memphis Jookin, Tap, West African Dance, and more!

Our students were enthralled. I truly felt like we were in a grand theater instead of our school auditorium. Even our middle school students loved it (and that’s a tough crowd!).
– Assistant Principal, Snowden School, Memphis, TN

This is the best and most engaging arts performance that has visited Bruce Elementary, a fairly arts-savvy school. The children were riveted!
– Teacher at Bruce Elementary, Memphis, TN

Virtual Performances Include:

  • Pre-Performance Guides to help educators actively engage their students in each production, including information on composers and choreographers, prompts to promote critical thinking, and a range of activities to maximize students’ understanding and appreciation of the performance.
  • Virtual Performance Viewing
  • Literacy components are included with our spring story performances, which includes subtitles for performances with narration.
  • Post-Performance live interaction and Q&A session with the performers.

Optional Add-Ons:

  • Live Choreographic Instruction: Teachers may request additional virtual or live instruction from the performers, during which our Teaching and Performing Artists will work with students live (via technology platforms) to teach steps or movements from the choreography based on cultural genres seen in the performance. For this added feature, there will be an additional fee. Contact mary [at] newballet [dot] org for more information.

Learn more here!

Not in the Budget?

Apply to receive Student Ticket Subsidy from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Application process for the 2020-2021 school year begins Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 8:00am CDT.

View our TAC Artist Roster HERE

Follow this link to fill out an interest form,  or reach out directly to Mary Golden, Director of Education and Community Partnerships, by calling 901.726.9225 or via email at mary [at] newballet [dot] org.

Nut Remix

Every holiday season Nut Remix delights Memphis’ audiences  with a modern reinvention of Tchaikovsky’s classic Nutcracker,  set on Beale Street. Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop,  Flamenco, Memphis Jookin, West African dance, and more  create a magical world of movement and music that you’ll  never forget!Over 200 cast members, 90% of whom are students artists,  perform alongside The Memphis Symphony Orchestra and  Big Band as well as live Flamenco musicians and African  drummers. Unless you’ve seen Nut Remix, you’ve never seen  a show like this! This performance is the uniquely Memphis celebration of a holiday classic! 

The New York Times named Nut Remix one of the three most innovative  “Nutcrackers” in America!”

Alastair MaCaulay, Former New York Times Dance Critic

– Program Duration: Approx 1-hour
– Semester Availability: Fall Semester (October – Dec. 19)

¡José!

¡José! is New Ballet Ensemble & School’s newest school show based on the life and work of the great modern dance master, José Limón. Inspired by the book José! Born to Dance, this show presents student audiences with a program that illuminates a variety of dance, music, and art genres from this era in history, such as Flamenco, Spanish guitar, and modern art, which inspired José Limón on his journey to become one of the most influential modern dance choreographers of his time. Timely and relevant for cross-curricular student learning, New Ballet’s engaging performance will be complemented with an integrated unit for classroom study.

– Program Duration: 30 minutes + live instruction (optional add-on)
– Semester Availability: Spring Semester

Anansi and the Sky God

Anansi and the Sky God is based on an African folktale, set to the infectious sounds of West African drumming. A narrator tells the story of Anansi the Spider and his wife Aso, who trick the powerful Sky God into giving them all the stories in the world to share with all the people in the world. Anansi’s journey of discovery is brought to life through African Dance, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Modern, and Flamenco.

– Program Duration: 30 minutes + live instruction (optional add-on)
– Semester Availability: Spring Semester

Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf is a lively variation on Prokofiev’s classic ballet, with characters representing not only the instruments of the orchestra, but also five different dance disciplines – Hip-Hop, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Character dance. The performance lasts 30 minutes, and is preceded by an overture of the Hip Hop Dying Swan, a trademark of NBE.

– Program Duration: 30 minutes + live instruction (optional add-on)
– Semester Availability: Spring Semester

Three Shoes and Bare Feet

Three Shoes and Bare Feet celebrates four different styles of dance and the cultures they originate from through the different shoes worn – or not worn – by their dancers. The music and French culture that produced Ballet are represented by the classic pointe shoe. Spanish culture and its passionate Flamenco music and dance feature special shoes with short heels and nails in the soles to produce the percussive sounds of Flamenco. Hip Hop and Memphis Jookin are all about the sneakers, which support the dancers’ weight on pointe (in athletic shoes). American modern dance and West African dance are performed in bare feet! Live African Drumming and Flamenco Guitar enhance this performance for children and youth of all ages.

– Program Duration: 30 minutes + live instruction (optional add-on)
– Semester Availability: Spring Semester