LEARN HOW COVID-19 HAS IMPACTED BA
Find FAQ's and their answers below
Is BA doing alright?
While our spring performances and education programs have been cancelled (resulting in a loss of nearly $90,000), we have launched a popular series of virtual education programs and performances. Our team is working tirelessly, to explore avenues for Ballet Arkansas to safely return to programming. The board and staff have announced a $150,000 capital campaign to support this programming, and our artists. The Beauty Brings Us Together campaign provides critical support to our organization, allowing us to do continue to do valuable work serving communities across Arkansas while adapting to ever-changing variables as they present themselves.
Will you offer Summer Dance programs this year?
The health and safety of all participants enrolled in our education programs is our first priority. We continue to actively monitor the recommendations of city, state, and public health officials when making decisions that impact our community. We now offer the public a number of affordable virtual and in-person programs, and students of all ages may enroll by clicking the link below. This year, the Summer Intensive Program will proceed at Cranford, Co. and will combine virtual and in-person classes for dancers ages 10+
Will you hold Community Cast auditions for The Nutcracker Spectacular?
It is our hope to proceed with our presentation of our production if it is safe to do so. We are working with our many partners to determine the viability of this year's production, and to identify best practices for audience and participant safety. Our production its the largest and longest-running holiday production in the state, serving nearly 10,000 patrons and featuring a cast and crew of more than 400. For this reason, these conversations are very complex. An announcement will be made soon after August 11th regarding the status and/or audition procedures for this year's production. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Are you presenting a 20/21 season?
Our 20/21 seasonal programming will adapt to the current conditions facing our community. Presently, our 20/21 season consists of 5 productions and is scheduled to begin in October. As we learn more, we will continue to update the public on the status of current and future scheduled performances. It is our goal to resume programming as soon it is safe and financially sound to do so.
When will tickets and subscriptions go on sale?
Tickets and subscriptions will go on sale when programming has been finalized, likely in August or September. This is for your convenience. We are working diligently with our box office staff to ensure that patrons are well taken care of, and updated return/exchange/donate policies will be implemented for your convenience.
Are you selling Allegro memberships this year?
At this time, we are not offering Allegro memberships. We cannot be sure of our ability to provide members with the benefit of special events, therefore the sale of allegro memberships have been suspended. We hope to resume sales in the spring of 21'.
I've heard rumors that BA is planning to offer enrolled classes next year. Is this true?
Yes. Providing the public with access to affordable high quality dance education programs is a cornerstone of our mission. Each year, BA receives nearly 100 requests for enrolled classes (for children and adults), and we are presently exploring various programs for launch this fall.
What will rehearsals and performances look like next year?
We are working with authorities in dance and in public health to ensure that our workplace conditions are safe prior to returning to work. We continue to identify practices that provide for participant and audience safety, and are exploring new performance formats to accommodate the ever-changing circumstances.
Are you continuing to audition dancers for Company/Apprentice positions with the company?
We are always looking for talent at Ballet Arkansas, and we audition dancers on an ongoing basis. In-person auditions have been cancelled, however we are continuing to review online applications daily. It is our priority to protect the jobs of our current professional dancers prior to adding positions to the company.
How do Internships work in the time of COVID-19?
Ballet Arkansas internships are conducted remotely at this time. When it is safe to do so, we will return to working on site while observing the recommended safety guidelines of city, state, and public health officials. We are still actively seeking interns in various areas, and have plenty of work to do!
What are your office hours?
Our staff is now working remotely from 9-5 pm, Monday - Friday.
Who do I contact with additional inquiries?
Please feel free to email our staff at with questions at any time. Feel free to call us at 501/223-5150 as well.