New Ballet in the Community

Schools as Partners

Focusing equally on diversity and excellence, New Ballet develops relationships with community organizations, local schools, and corporations, bringing instruction and live performances to children and adults across Memphis and the Mid-South. Last season, New Ballet reached over 20,000 Mid-Southerners through performances.

"New Ballet was the best ballet program I have seen in the twenty-nine years I have taught at Dogwood School! The children were able to relate to and actively participate in the presentation. They became excited about ballet, and many wanted to know more about dancing and learn to dance themselves. I would recommend this presentation to any school!"

~Mrs. Miller, 4th Grade Teacher at Dogwood School


Dunbar Elementary School

Since 2008, NBE has been in residence at Dunbar Elementary in the Orange Mound Community. Students have grown into New Ballet's midtown studios as well as "high arts concentration" schools including Colonial Middle School for the Performing and Fine Arts and Overton High School for the Performing and Fine Arts and have performed with the great Yo- Yo Ma and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC as New Ballet studnets and apprentices. All students are eligible to participate in the Memphis Grizzlies Mentoring Initiative at our studios as well as Lunch Buddies at Dunbar Elementary.

New Ballet's Pathways partnerships in Shelby County Schools include, Sherwood Middle School, La Rose Elementary School, Booker T. Washington 6-12 and Overton High School.

To bring Pathways to your school, please contact Mary Golden(mary [at] newballet [dot] org), Director of Community Engagement and Education Partnerships.

Find Funding for Your Organization

New Ballet is listed on the Tennesse Arts Commission's Artist Roster for funding related to Student Ticket Subsidy as well as Arts Appreciation mini-grants and residencies.

Student Ticket Subsidy exists to provide ticket subsidy funds to public schools for arts and cultural experiences to encourage schools to expose Tennessee students to a broad variety of cultural experiences, arts disciplines and artists.  You can apply for Student Ticket Subsidy for any of our school performances as well as our annual productions of NutRemix and Springloaded.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the online application, or would like more information about how to partner with New Ballet, please contact Mary Golden at mary [at] newballet [dot] org or call 901.726.9225.

Grizzlies Mentoring program

Whether a one to one match or in a group setting, mentors make a difference. Call Alexis Jackson to find out how you can become an integral part of TEAM UP MEMPHIS. (901) 726-9225

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Mentoring sessions are once weekly and on site. We will take group trips to the grizzlies games and group events such as Ubuntu bring us together to dance. Group mentoring leaders visit the youth here at NBE, offering various experitse (nutrition, college counseling, physio health, fine arts, music and more)!