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New Ballet to Receive $40,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts

May 27th, 2021

New Ballet Ensemble and School has been approved for a $40,000 Grants for Arts Projects award, the largest round 2 award in Tennessee in this category, to support general operational costs. New Ballet Ensemble and School is among the more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 ...

We're Hiring Teaching and Performing Artists! Apply Today!

May 26th, 2021

The primary responsibility of a Teaching and Performing Artist Professional is to lead the growth and development of students and Apprentices in partnership with NBES leadership, guest master teachers and choreographers. Performing roles in mainstage productions, Teaching and Performing Artists model professionalism for our students and Apprentices while setting a high bar for technique and ...

We're Hiring Teaching and Performing Artist Apprentices! Apply today!

May 26th, 2021

The primary responsibility of a Teaching and Performing Artist Apprentice is to develop as a dancer, training alongside the NBE Teaching Artists, Guest Master teachers and Choreographers. The TPAA takes daily company classes following a schedule set by Associate Artistic Director and is not charged any fees for these classes. Other areas of involvement will include; performance rehearsals, ...

Commercial Appeal: New Ballet Ensemble returns to stage in one of the first live performances at Levitt Shell

May 7th, 2021

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.

High Ground News: "These dancers are talented, passionate, and staying in Memphis to teach."

December 24th, 2020

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"

December 21st, 2020

"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 ...

cityCURRENT: "New Ballet Ensemble & School: Bringing Youth Together Through Dance"

November 13th, 2020

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.

Alumni Spotlight: Charles 'Lil Buck' Riley Stars in Netflix's Documentary Mini-Series "MOVE"

October 23rd, 2020

SCS En EspaƱol highlights Noelia Garcia Carmona, Associate Artistic Director

October 14th, 2020

CEO and Founder Katie Smythe Awarded Thomas W. Briggs Community Service Award

September 30th, 2020

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 ...