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Captivate the public through artistic excellence in the presentation of world-class performances and education programs. Grow, develop, and educate a devoted and diverse audience of dance enthusiasts. 


Ballet Arkansas's roots can be traced to the Little Rock Civic Ballet, founded in 1966 by Lorraine and Donald C. Cranford. The organization was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation in 1978 and over the course of its 45-year history, its programming has touched the lives of nearly Half-a-million Arkansans. Ballet Arkansas is the only professional ballet company in Little Rock and is the state's official ballet company SM, serving northwest, central, and southern portions of the state.


Under the visionary leadership of Michael and Catherine Fothergill, today Ballet Arkansas's company of 16 dancers is ranked among the Top 100 Ballet Companies in America. Each year, Ballet Arkansas presents a vibrant repertory of the classics, masterworks of American dance, and premieres by the world's most daring dance makers to an audience of nearly 50,000. The broadcast reach of the organization's 22|23 season includes patrons in all 50 states and 24 countries.

A statewide leader in dance education, Ballet Arkansas provides hundreds of children and adults of all backgrounds with exceptional training from a distinguished staff. Its interactive and educational K-12 outreach programs reach more than 10,000 K-12 students each year, and more than 300 children participate in its annual Community Cast productions.


Ballet Arkansas is a founding member of Little Rock's "Creative Corridor" in the heart of downtown. The company's headquarters are located across the street from the Arkansas Repertory Theater at 520 Main St.

Core Objectives

  • Proactively anticipate and respond to the diverse programming needs of all Arkansans.

  • Attract and collaborate with exceptional performers, collaborators, and staff members.

  • Educate and nurture the next generation of professional dancers through the presentation of unsurpassed education programs. 

  • Foster inclusiveness and create a vibrant atmosphere where all are embraced and celebrated. 

  • Strengthen our financial and organizational foundations to provide for the expansion of programs and services that uplift, enrich, and inspire Arkansans.

  • Be a driving force of innovation within the art form. 

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