What is Ballet Arkansas?A community, a city and a state thrives when it provides a well balanced atmosphere in which its citizens can partake. This well balanced atmosphere attracts businesses and strengthens the roots of the community. Ballet Arkansas is committed to providing the vital artistic world of ballet. Whether it is through the performers or through the audience, the productions of Ballet Arkansas promise to enrich the lives of all of those involved.
To provide world-class dance performance to Arkansans through a permanent company of professional dancers. We will position the company as a pillar of Arkansas’s performing arts community and enable it to inspire and educate students across the state, educate the public about dance, and act as an ambassador for the State of Arkansas.
Ballet Arkansas was founded in 1978 as a non-profit organization but traces its roots back to the Little Rock Civic Ballet. In 2009, the organization’s Board of Directors formed Ballet Arkansas Professional Dance Company. These dancers, from varied backgrounds, have unique capabilities in the area of teaching as well as performing. For the 2012-13 Season, Ballet Arkansas has nine professional dancers on contract, along with a two-person administrative staff and a ballet mistress. Its Season of three concerts including American Images, a fall concert at Wildwood Park for the Arts in October, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at Robinson Center Music Hall with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in December and Spring into Motion, a spring concert at Arkansas Repertory Theatre in April, 2013. The company also tours the state with concert productions and educational programming.
Michael Bearden - Principal Dancer, Ballet West
Lauren McCarty Horak
Katchiri Feys Tillman
Board of DirectorsDr. Larry Kim , President
Amy Jones , Vice President
Molly McGowan , Secretary
Cheddy Wigginton , Treasurer
Advisory BoardJana Beard