The School

New Ballet emphasizes classical ballet technique, individual attention, impeccable technique and multiculturalism all in a beautifully renovated 14,500 square foot studio in the heart of Midtown Memphis.

Students come to the studios from every corner of the region. Class sizes are limited (average 17 students). Students audition to assure the best placement for development and artistic growth. Quality training with a focus on the individual and in a supportive environment is our priority. We encourage NBE students to become citizens of the world. A classical ballet curriculum is enhanced with lessons in African drumming and dance, Hip Hop and Jookin', Flamenco and Chinese dance. The New Ballet artistic product is a synthesis of many cultures coming together on a daily basis in the heart of a great, diverse city. Our students are required to study Ballet, but there are open classes for Memphis youth who wish to create a unique schedule, exclusive of Ballet if so desired.

Classes

Classes begin for children ages 3-6 in Creative Movement, progressing to Pre-Ballet and continuing through pre-professional classes for the serious student. There are adult ballet, Hip Hop, Pilates and African Classes!

Performances

Performance is an integral part of training to a professional standard. Creative Movement classes through Ballet VI will perform for parents, family and friends during a class observation week each semester and on Family Night scheduled in the spring and held at The Levitt Shell.

All New Ballet students beginning in Ballet 1 have the opportunity to participate in the annual Nut ReMix main stage performance. In addition to Nut ReMix, students are given opportunities to perform in New Ballet's annual SpringLoaded production, and have performed in Opera Memphis productions at the Orpheum Theater, at the Levitt Shell and in other community venues such as the Brooks Museum, Bridges, ArtSpace downtown and more.

New Ballet students perform regularly with Opera Memphis, Memphis Symphony and perform at Hattiloo Theater in the fall season.

Testimonials

"I wanted to thank you for the mission and leadership of New Ballet.  We are honored to have been a part of this unique and top-notch organization.  It's been rewarding to hear Ann Bennett say how much she misses NBE.  It's not just ballet, but the people, the atmosphere and the community she misses.  She sees in her ballet class at Birmingham Southern how the professional training you gave her puts her as the role model in class."

-Donna Nash (November 2015)

"Katie, I can't express how much it means to me that you give our dancers so much caring support and loving attention. Allison is so excited about learning to dance on pointe. Please know that today will be a memory I will treasure for years to come! The lady at Cordova Dancewear and Ally's teacher made the fitting so fun! I learned a lot about feet in the process too. Watching you with her made my day and hers too! Thank you for all you do for these young people.

So grateful to be part of the NBE family!

Nancy Miller (February 2017)