The Ensemble

New Ballet Ensemble truly includes all performers at NBE under the "ensemble umbrella, from age 6 to 30, integrating role models with students in performance. The group of performers who appear both on the main stage and in our community schools where students are engaged, educated and recruited for scholarships to the New Ballet School are professional trainees and graduates of the Trainee program, now Teaching and Performing Artists. Ensemble members serve as Teaching Artists in the New Ballet School instructing children from ages 3 to 18 and in Memphis City and County Schools in residencies and workshops related to outreach performances. Their primary job is to lead the youth.

Dedicated to creative youth development in dance, the New Ballet Ensemble is made up of a diverse group of dancers from different backgrounds, all from Memphis, who are fluent in ballet, modern, flamenco, jazz, and urban dance. New Ballet’s CEO and Artistic Director, Katie Smythe (View Bio), works with the Ensemble on a daily basis.

Photo credits: Andrea Zucker Photography


Community partnerships are at the heart of the work performed by the Teaching and Performing Artists at New Ballet. Partners include, Shelby County Schools and Dunbar Elementary (Orange Mound), TEAM UP Memphis mentoring, Bridges Out of Poverty, Bridges, Girl's Inc, The Brooks and Dixon Museums, Rhodes College, and the University of Memphis. For the 2008/09 season, New Ballet partnered with Opera Memphis in La TraviataTreemonisha, and Faust; in 2010, Orpheus; 2011, Aida and in past seasons, performed in Porgy and Bess and Macbeth.

New Ballet Ensemble students and trainees have benefitted from partnerships with professional master teachers and choreographers such as, Christina Bernal (Ballet Master Teacher), Blakely White McGuire and Kim Jones of the Martha Graham Company past and present, Uri Sands and Toni Pierce Sands (formerly Ailey company and now Co-Directors of TU Dance), Elizabeth Corbet of Frankfurt Ballet and Francesca Harper, formerly of Frankfurt Ballet and Dance Theater of Harlem.


Intern Training Program

The Ensemble Intern Training program was established in 2005. Graduating students are given an opportunity to further their training on the professional level while training as teachers and, in some cases, attending college classes at the University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University. Since entry into the program, trainees have performed as Lincoln Center Institute performing artists and in schools throughout Memphis. Artists In Training attend on a company schedule, 30 hours per week and have the opportunity to graduate into the company or move on to University BFA programs with facilitation from Ms. Smythe and other mentors such as our guest teaching artists.


Teaching Artist Audition: July 22, 2017,  10am-1pm at Ballet Hispanico studios (New York City)

Callback interviews:  July 23,2017,  time TBD