Public Performance Attendance | 30,000 + 

k-12 Student Performance Attendance | 3,500

Outreach Performance Attendance | 5,000 + 

Broadcast Performance Attendance |2,500 +

Broadcast Reach | All 50 states and 21 countries

Productions Per Season | 4 - 6

Performances Per Season | 50+

Community Participants in Performances | 350

World Premieres Commissioned Annually | 9

Enrollment Students in Education Programs | 200

Audition Applications Received |500 +

Contract Employees Employed Per Season | 100+

Volunteers | 200+

*Annual Figures 

Historical Reach | Nearly 400,000


Education & Outreach Initiatives


Filled with dynamic programming for the whole family, the 21 | 22 season champions the themes of celebration and community. Whether you prefer the traditional, the new, or the unexpected, you'll have multiple opportunities to experience the power and beauty of a Ballet Arkansas performance. Throughout the season, we'll be announcing pop up, special events, new partnerships, and collaborations. I invite you to take a journey with Ballet Arkansas this season, and to follow our social media channels and website for exciting updates in the months ahead.

Together, let's celebrate the arts and the power they have to bring Arkansans together!


Michael Fothergill

Executive and Artistic Director 


In-theater Student Matinee performances provide more than 5,000 k-12 students from across Arkansas will access to experiential opportunities to engage with the performing arts in their most traditional settings. Tickets are subsidized at a rate of more than 75% for all attendees, ensuring the beauty of a Ballet Arkansas performance is accessible to all.


On-site lecture demonstrations in the classroom blend live dance performance with interactive instruction in the areas of art history, dance, music, and literature. Ballet Arkansas works hand in hand with educators to facilitate a unique and enjoyable educational experience that compliments each student's studies.


STEAM days introduce k-12 students to the fundamentals of math, science, and technology through the integration of creative motion. Through the use of their bodies, student build an understanding of complex subjects in a fun, and interactive way.


Each year, more than 300 community dancers participate in Ballet Arkansas' professional productions as members of the Community Cast. Professional performing opportunities prepare aspiring professional dancers for the demands of a career in the arts, and cultivate a deeper understanding of the artform.

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Ballet Arkansas provides abundant opportunities for the public to experience free dance classes in open spaces, exposing diverse populations to recreational activities that enhance wellbeing and build community through the performing arts.


Ballet Arkansas' enrolled dance education programs provide young dancers and adults with concentrated study in classical ballet and other dance disciplines at a caliber not otherwise found in Arkansas. Ballet Arkansas connects students with valuable professional resources that aid in the advancement of each student's abilities, and provides access to some of the world's most sought after guest instructors.



To be responsive to the programming needs of our community and to provide opportunities for community involvement in our productions


To work with community and artistic partners to broaden the impact of our objectives


To balance risk with caution when making decisions that impact our operations and the community


To provide high quality dance education programs to the public, serving students of all ages and backgrounds


To be transparent with our audiences, donors, and employees about our operations, activities, and aspirations


To make our diverse performances and education programs accessible to all Arkansans


To take responsibility for our successes and failures, learning from both along the way


To continue to pioneer new methods to engage our audiences and enhance the audience experience


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Over the past 42 years, hundreds of thousands of Arkansans have looked to Ballet Arkansas to celebrate the Holiday Season with their families. This year is no different. Join us for a series of holiday performances and activities, or shop the Holiday Market for the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones! Stay tuned for frequent updates, digital content, social media challenges, and much more. Most importantly, we'll announce the updates to our 2021 spring season, ways you can get involved, and exciting new plans for our beloved seasonal production of "The Nutcracker Spectacular."


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Join Ballet Arkansas and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on November 15th, for an innovative, open-air performance. Featuring 3 world premiere works choreographed by company dancers and choreographers, Matt Larson, Hannah Bradshaw, and Paul Tillman, the program brings together the best of movement and live music and is the beginning of a new era of collaboration between BA and ASO.

Sunday, November 15th | 3:00 pm  

Best Park | 6th & Main 


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Experience the magic and beauty of dance and visual art as Ballet Arkansas and the Arkansas Arts Center transform Main Street into scenes from the beloved story of "The Nutcracker." The perfect winter combination of live dance performance, storytelling, and art history, the experience is unlike any other. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement regarding future collaborations between the AAC and BA.

Saturday, December 12th | 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Free to the public.




The Magic of the Nutcracker brings joy to millions across the globe each year. Join Ballet Arkansas for a virtual Nutcracker experience featuring a past performance of "The Nutcracker Spectacular" including interviews with the Artistic Staff and performers. Join us for Clara's magical journey from the comfort of their own home.

Friday, December 18th | 7:00 pm 

Free to the public. Make a donation to support Ballet Arkansas.



Shop the Holiday Market and support Ballet Arkansas! The Holiday Market features three signature holiday gift boxes filled with local Arkansan goodies, including the "Grand Nutcracker Box," a very limited edition custom pine gift box from Colonial Wines & Spirits, an "Assorted Holiday Box" with treats for the whole family, and a "Mind & Body" box perfectly suited to pamper you or your loved ones! Add on a Hollywood Nutcracker or a vintage Ballet Arkansas Nutcracker T-shirt and save the date of December 5th or 6th to pick up your gifts at Ballet Arkansas from a costumed character from "The Nutcracker Spectacular."

Sunday, November 15th - Monday, November 30th

Pick up | December 5th - 6th



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Ballet Arkansas is seeking visual art submissions inspired by movement from artists k-12. Art work will be displayed online for the full month of December and noteworthy submissions will be highlighted across the organization's social media. 3 winners will be selected to design elements of the Ballet Arkansas 21/22 marketing materials and a grand prize winner will receive a scholarship to the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School.

Monday, November 1st - Wednesday, November 25th



The holidays wouldn't be the same without sweets! On Friday, December 4th, join the Sugar Plum Fairy for an evening of holiday baking, chatter, and cheer. You'll bake and decorate Mother Ginger's holiday cookies.

Friday, December 4th | 6:30 pm 

Free to the public.



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This holiday season, you can connect with the Sugar Plum Fairy! Write her today and tell her your story, your thoughts, and your dreams. She'll answer each message personally, and each week leading up to Christmas - you can chat with her live on Facebook!

Sunday, November 22nd - Sunday, December 20th

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#Giving Tuesday, December 1st was the launch of the peer to peer campaign for the Pointe To the Future Resiliency Fund. Make a contribution close to your heart and support the future of one of the region's most dynamic professional dance organizations.

Tuesday, December 1st

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Children and adults hold stories of the holidays close to their hearts. Join the Sugar Plum Fairy and The Nutcracker, as together they read the some of the most celebrated Tales of Christmas. Tune into the premiere of each reading at 6:30pm on December 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. Filmed at the Historic Arkansas Museum in partnership with Cranford Co.

December 22nd - 24th, 6:30 pm

Free to the Public. Donate to support Ballet Arkansas.


Today, we're pleased to announce a fresh holiday collaboration with the

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA). "Sleighride Together" features 2 world-premiere pieces choreographed by Executive and Artistic Director Michael Fothergill and contemporary choreographer, Madison Hicks. "Sleigh Ride," an upbeat classic by American composer Leroy Anderson, and the harmonious "Hallelujah Chorus" from Mozart’s arrangement of the "Messiah" will accompany the works. The digital event is the start of an exciting new partnership! Tune in to Ballet Arkansas' Facebook for the premiere. The video will be available on our YouTube channel following the premiere.

December 21st , 6:00 pm

Free to the Public. Donate to support Ballet Arkansas.


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Each year Ballet Arkansas's education programs touch the lives of more than 5,000 students throughout the state. We work alongside educators to develop curriculum, produce on-site performances, and provide experiential opportunities for students in the performing arts.  

We understand the demands that educators face, as well as the  obstacles. Our education programs are flexible and may be customized to fit the needs of any classroom, or educator. We are just as comfortable working on-site as we are working remotely via live or recorded broadcast. Above all else, our programs are accessible and affordable for all. 

We provide much more than dance education and performances. In fact, we work hand-in-hand with educators to supplement curriculum that they are already teaching. Our innovative LEAP© program (Learn to Explore to Advance Progress) introduces k-5 students to elements of STEM in an easy to understand and enjoyable way, through the use of their bodies.

Educators, thank you for all you do for your students and for the community. We applaud your hard work, passion, and dedication. We want to partner with you to advance arts education, and STEM education. We want to hear from you, and learn more about how we can help you to achieve your objectives. To learn more about our diverse education programs or to schedule a call with a member of our staff, please email

On Christmas Eve, UA - Pulaski Tech: The Center for Humanities and Arts and Ballet Arkansas come together to present a few excerpts from the celebrated holiday classic, "The Nutcracker." As part of the brand new Off The CHARTS series from UA-PTC CHARTS Theater. The short digital program will air at 6:00 pm on CHARTS YouTube.

December 24th, 6:00 pm

Free to the Public. Donate to support Ballet Arkansas.


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