Our Core Values
Leading the industry forward with world-class original programming and education programs
Responsive to the needs of our community
Building bridges and connecting people
Affordable, accessible programs for every audience
Ballet Arkansas is the foremost professional ballet company of the State of Arkansas and a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. Over the course of the last 40 years, Ballet Arkansas' world-class education programs and productions have touched the lives of more than 120,000 Arkansans. Through the presentation of a vibrant and diverse repertory of works by world renowned choreographers, Ballet Arkansas provides the region with bold, original programming for every taste. A pillar of the Arkansas Arts community, Ballet Arkansas is committed to creative collaboration, community outreach, and to making its enriching programming accessible to all audiences.
Ballet Arkansas' roots can be traced back to the Little Rock Civic Ballet, founded in 1966 by Donald C. Cranford. Ballet Arkansas was formed as a non-profit organization in 1978, and the organization's Board of Directors formed the fully professional company in 2009. Since its conception, Ballet Arkansas has presented performing greats such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, in addition to a number of luminary dancers and companies. Each year, the company has expanded it's reach into the community and throughout the state, remaining committed to providing unparalleled educational and performance experiences in a variety of settings.
Under the dynamic artistic direction of Michael and Catherine Fothergill, the company now consists of 15 full-time professional dancers and performs a vibrant repertory by celebrated choreographers such as George Balanchine, Agnes De Mille, Christopher Wheeldon, Ma Cong, Gerald Arpino, Val Caniparoli, Jimmy Orante, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Kiyon Gaines, Mariana Oliveira, and classical works by Marius Petipa, August Bournonville, Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, Kenneth Macmillan, Mikhail Fokine, and Leonide Massine, among many others. The company auditions nearly 400 professional dancers from all over the world each year, and receives nearly 100 submissions from choreographers across the globe who desire to premiere work on the talented dancers of Ballet Arkansas.