MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
The health and safety of our dancers, staff, and patrons is of paramount importance to Ballet Arkansas. For this reason, we've adapted our 20|21 season programming in response to the ever changing variables facing our community. Today, we continue to do important work that reaches communities across Arkansas. I'm confident that Ballet Arkansas will continue to be a driving force of beauty and creativity in the lives of many as we prepare to present a vibrant and diverse season of performances and special events.
Dance has long had the extraordinary ability to bring people together to experience the beauty of the world. It is through this expression of beauty that dance revitalizes the spirit and exposes the depth of the human condition. Not only does dance appeal to the core of who we are, it uplifts, inspires and entertains millions each year.
I am proud of our community and what we have been able to achieve together. Ballet Arkansas been a pillar of the arts community for more than forty years, and in this time our programming has touched the lives of nearly 300,000 Arkansans. We’ve grown to become one of the nation’s most dynamic professional dance companies presenting a vibrant repertoire by the world’s most distinguished choreographers, and this is due to the generosity of many our community. I sincerely thank you for your clear and constant support of our efforts to advance the arts and culture of Arkansas.
As we embark into new territory, this support of our mission, dancers, and activities breathes new life into our operations and safeguards our future as one of the preeminent dance organizations in the region. I hope you will continue to play a role in the development of Ballet Arkansas as we explore the unknown. I feel certain the best and most exciting days lie ahead of us.
Executive and Artistic Director
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Ballet Arkansas has been a pillar of the Arkansas arts community for more than 40 years, with expansive reach into all areas of the state. Headquartered in the capitol city of Little Rock, we are proud to be the state's professional ballet company sm, leading the Arkansas forward as a force of arts and culture in the region.
Join Ballet Arkansas for an exciting selection of digital performances and special events, discussions, and educational programs beginning in the fall of 2020. Subscriptions 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 Annual 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+
Fall/Winter classes and workshops taught by the staff of Ballet Arkansas and distinguished guest instructors give students of all levels opportunities to advance their skills. Private/small group instruction is also available. Class offerings are frequently updated. Email to learn more.
Lauren Bodenheimer Hill
Lauren Hill began her training with Ballet Memphis then Ballet West. Career highlights include Ma Cong’s Calling, Sugar Plum Fairy and Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker, Odette in Swan Lake, Michael Fothergill’s Cinderella (Cinderella), Dracula (Lucy), Fire & Rain, and Chiaroscuro, George Balanchine’s Glinka Pas de Trois, Valse Fantaisie, Donizetti Variations, and Who Cares? Gerald Arpino's Birthday Variations, and Kiyon Gaines’ Bolero. For the past three years, she has been honored to perform original choreography for Tanarah Luxe Floral’s Inspire Wedding Show. She performed in productions of Steven McMahon’s Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet, and Mark Godden’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ballet West performances include Aladdin and Don Quixote. Lauren has danced as a guest artist at Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Tupelo Ballet. She was born in Budapest, Hungary. She and her husband, Joe, are proud to call Little Rock home.
Favorite Role: Cinderella
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.