LEARN HOW COVID-19 HAS IMPACTED BA
Find FAQ's and their answers below
Is BA doing alright?
Out of great concern for the well-being of our community, we've cancelled our spring performances and education programs. This decision has resulted in a loss of nearly $90,000. In spite of these conditions, we've continued to pay our professional dancers in full through the duration of their contracts. Our critical staff remains hard at work preparing for our exciting 20/21 season, and the organization has remained active in the community by providing virtual classes and performances to the public - free of charge. We have announced a $50,000 phase 1 capital campaign in support of our artists and activities, and to address this shortfall. Entitled, "Beauty Brings Us Together," the campaign begins on Tuesday, May 5th. Funds received help keep our company of world-class professional dancers living and working in Arkansas, and BA's diverse performances and education programs on stages and in classrooms throughout the state.
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. It is our intention to present our summer dance programs as scheduled, if safe to do so. We are exploring various approaches to present these programs in traditional and nontraditional formats. Enrollment is open and programs remain popular. In the event of cancellation, refunds/credits/donations will be processed.
Will you hold Community Cast auditions for The Nutcracker Spectacular?
Yes, dates and times will be announced soon. We will proceed with the audition process in a manner that adheres to the recommendations made by city, state, and public health officials. We will do all we can to ensure that children from all areas of the state have the ability to audition for a role in our beloved production, in a way they feel safe to do so.
Are you presenting a 20/21 season?
Yes. Our 20/21 season consists of 5 knockout productions, 3 of which are world premieres. The season is scheduled to begin in October, and runs through May. We're hopeful to proceed with the season as planned, and hope you'll join us for a performance when safe to do so.
When will tickets and subscriptions go on sale?
Tickets and subscriptions will go on sale in June. We are working diligently with our box office staff to ensure that patrons are well taken care of. Updated return/exchange/donate policies will be implemented for future use.
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'.
How many productions in the 20/21 season will feature a Community Cast?
Three - Jekyll & Hyde, The Nutcracker Spectacular, and Coppelia. These productions will give up to 450 children the opportunity to perform in our professional productions. We are considering the addition of a fourth production in the spring - Snow White. This additional will depend largely on the success of the first half of our season.
I've heard rumors that BA is planning to offer enrolled classes next year. Is this true?
Providing the public with access to affordable high-quality dance education programs is a cornerstone of our mission. Each year, BA receives more than 80 requests for enrolled classes (for children and adults) and we are exploring various formats to provide these services while not disadvantaging the local dance community and the wonderful work they are doing!
What will rehearsals and performances look like next year?
We are speaking extensively with our performing arts partners, venues, and with city, state, and public health officials to ensure our workplace conditions are safe prior to returning to work or to the stage. We continue to identify practices that will provide for audience safety, and are exploring a variety of performance formats to accommodate ever-changing circumstances. We want you to feel safe at a Ballet Arkansas performance, and we want our dancers and staff to observe safe practices at all times. On the production side - we will continue to present bold, innovative, and exciting performances that 'wow' the public. We are expanding our collaborative partnerships and will present alongside some of our peer arts organizations this year. Expect us to "think outside the box."
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.