MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR March 2021
This 20|21 season is unlike any other in our 42 year history. Although many of our performances and events were cancelled, we continued to reach audiences across the country in new and exciting ways. It has not been a traditional season by any measure, but thanks to the overwhelming support of communities across Arkansas, our work continued at a time when access to the performing arts has never been more vital. I want to thank you for supporting our professional dancers and staff through these most unusual times.
On March 30th at noon we will be making a special announcement with the City of North Little Rock and the North Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. We hope you will join us on social media and subscribe to our newsletter to be the first in line to hear the news. Shortly therafter, we'll announce the 21|22 season. Next season is centered on the themes of hope, unity, and revival, and is filled with bold and innovative programming designed to bring Arkansans together for meaningful shared experiences in the arts. We will celebrate our rich organizational history, and reach deep into communities throughout the state to uplift, inspire, and bring joy to many. Now is the perfect time to rediscover Ballet Arkansas, as we present our vision for a new landscape in the performing arts.
Executive and Artistic Director
Ballet Arkansas has been a pillar of the Arkansas arts community for more than 40 years. Headquartered in the capitol city of Little Rock, BA is proud to be the state's professional ballet company sm, leading Arkansas forward as a force of arts and culture in the region.
With a digital subscription, you can enjoy each program of the 21|22 season from anywhere. You decide when and where to tune in - the best of BA is a click away! Details coming soon.
Public Performance Attendance | 20,000
k-12 Student Performance Attendance | 3,500
Outreach Performance Attendance | 5,000
Broadcast Performance Attendance |1000
Broadcast Reach | All 50 states and 21 countries
Productions Per Season | 4
Performances Per Season | 50+
Community Participants in Performances | 350
World Premieres Commissioned Annually | 9
Enrollment Students in Education Programs | 200
Audition Applications Received |400
Contract Employees Employed Per Season | 100+
Volunteers | 200+
Historical Reach | 300,000+
Hannah Bradshaw was born in Amarillo, Texas, where she grew up dancing with the Lone Star Ballet and Landance Conservatory. She competed at the Youth America Grand Prix finals and attended summer programs with the American Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Oklahoma City Ballet. Hannah began her professional career as an Apprentice with the Oklahoma City Ballet, then became a Trainee with BalletMet Columbus where she was chosen to perform and tour with the main company in productions of “Swan Lake,” “The Nutcracker” and “Alice in Wonderland.” Since joining Ballet Arkansas in 2014, Hannah has had the opportunity to perform many wonderful roles, most recently as The Evil Stepmother in Michael Fothergill’s “Cinderella” and the Dew Drop Fairy in “The Nutcracker.” Hannah has previously danced roles as one of the four Cygnets in “Swan Lake,” Kitri in “Don Quixote” and Lucy in Michael Fothergill’s “Dracula.”
Ballet Arkansas performs at some of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the region, complete with comfortable seating, unmatched acoustics and technical capabilities, and plentiful parking. All these things enhance the patron experience, taking Ballet Arkansas performances to the next level.
Ballet Arkansas provides students of all ages with access to culturally enriching outreach performances, activities, and broadcasts throughout the season. Educators are provided corresponding curriculum to further their student's scholastic experience and creatively engage young minds.
Your support of Ballet Arkansas keeps our dancers on stage, our education programs in schools throughout the state, and breathes new life into a creative economy that has been devastated by the ongoing effects of the pandemic. Over the past four decades, we've dared and dreamed, and have grown to become an organization that plays a meaningful role in the lives of many. But in today's climate, the efforts of our past can be wiped out overnight.
A contribution of any size makes an impact, and advances our organization against the odds. It ensures that world-class dance performances and education programs continue to shape the cultural landscape of Arkansas for years to come.
To make a donation today or to learn about our Pointe to the Future Capital Campaign, please visit the links below.