Collierville Ballet

Welcome To The Collierville Ballet

Our 2023-2024 marks the 15th Anniversary as a premier regional youth ballet company in West Tennessee.  The Collierville Ballet is committed to providing our audiences with excellent quality performances while offering our youth company members the necessary performance experience to further develop their artistry to the highest possible standard.  The Collierville Ballet is known throughout the region for its wonderful community outreach programs, the versatility of our repertoire, and our professional performances that the entire family can enjoy.  We desire to continue to attract, develop, and encourage our pre-professional level dancers while growing our dedicated base of volunteers and patrons of the ballet so that we can offer our community even more in the arts and humanities for many years to come.  The Collierville Ballet also utilizes professional dancers from regional and international dance companies in leading soloist and principal roles.  The Collierville Ballet also attends regional dance festivals and adjudicated events to give their young dancers opportunities for additional performance opportunities, scholarship awards, and valuable associations with leading dance arts organizations across the nation.

The Nutcracker

Presented by Collierville Ballet
Featuring Professional Guest Artists 
At The Harrell Theatre, Collierville
December 16-17, 2023

This beloved holiday classic returned to the Harrell Theatre in Collierville, TN on December 16 and 17th. The Collierville Ballet, Collierville's pre-professional regional youth ballet company, presented the full-length Nutcracker ballet with professional guest artists dancing the leading roles of the Snow Queen and Snow King and the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier Prince. 

The Act I Victorian-style Party Scene introduced our audience to Drosselmeyer, a clock and toy maker who happened to be closing his shop early to go visit his niece Clara at her family's Christmas Party. We met Clara, her family and a whole cast of characters. Our exciting Battle Scene was filled with fanciful, sword-fighting mice, dancing toy soldiers, and a larger-than-life Nutcracker Prince that escorts Clara through the Land of Snow where swirling Snowflakes were conjured by the sparkling Snow Queen and Snow King of the Winter Forest.

Act II opened with Graceful Angels poised on clouds as they herald the arrival of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince to the Kingdom of the Sweets. Twirling Chocolates, graceful Ribbons Candies, leaping Candy Canes, Marzipan Mirlitons and dancing Gingerbreads performed for Clara and her attendants.

Lastly, The Waltz of the Flowers announced the arrival of the radiant Sugar Plum Fairy and her elegant Cavalier as they danced their Grand Pas de Deux before bidding Clara a fond farewell. Clara drifted across a glittering night sky and awakened from her deep winter sleep to discover her beloved Nutcracker gifted to her by Drosselmeyer.  Was this simply a magical dream or did this winter wonderland actually exist?

Order your own digital download/viewing of 2023's presentation of The Nutcracker by Collierville Ballet! Included in the presentation are the following items:
The Nutcracker - Act 1 & 2
Our official 2023 Nutcracker Teaser
2023 Nutcracker Production Gallery Slideshow
The History of The Nutcracker Featurette
BONUS - A Link for our Nutcracker Performance Program online in flipbook format

Collierville Ballet's 2023-2024 Season

Join the Collierville Ballet as a Patron for added benefits during the 2023-2024 Season.
Sugar Plum Tea!
Sugarplum Fairy Tea & Auction Event

Our family friendly Sugarplum Fairy Tea and Silent Auction event was a fabulous way to start the holiday season!

Attendees enjoyed our delicious catered tea party, shopped our exciting silent auction for gifts & experiences for everyone on their lists, and delighted in our special musical guest too!

This was a family-friendly event!

Nutcracker 2023!
The Nutcracker

This beloved holiday classic returned to the Harrell Theatre in Collierville, TN on December 16-17 of 2023.

The Collierville Ballet is a pre-professional regional youth ballet company and presented their full-length Nutcracker ballet with professional guest artists dancing the leading roles of the Snow Queen and Snow King and the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier Prince.
(Approx. Length 1 hour & 40 mins with brief intermission)

Mid-America Ballet Festival

Two exciting days of ballet in the metro-Memphis area with the Mid-America Ballet Festival. This event features master classes in ballet, pointe, contemporary dance and more. In the evening, enjoy our main stage non-competitive dance performances by attending dance studios and companies.  Join us this season for terrific training and performance opportunities. Psalm 149:3-4

Dance With Me!!
Dance With Me Story & Dance Events

Our Dance With Me Story Times and Dance Experience Classes  for ages 3-8 and a caregiver.  These events are a wonderful way to introduce your young child to the beauty of classical ballet, enjoy excellent music, and learn some special ballet dancing steps with members of the Collierville Ballet Company and company staff. (each event is 1 hour total)

Fair On The Square Performances

Join us at the Collierville Fair on the Square in May!  Visit our booth and enjoy our free carnival style games and learn more about our youth ballet company. Our performances are free and open to the public during the Fair on the Square event.

Spring Showcase 2024!
Spring Showcase Performance 2024

Collierville Ballet will present the classical tale of the Princess and the Pauper in conjunction with the students from the Collierville Arts Academy in May 2024.
This evening performance includes Legends, a contemporary dance concert as well.  An wonderful evening of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy at our local Harrell Theatre.  (Approx. length 1 hour 40 mins including a brief intermission)



Only dancing with Collierville Ballet will give you the opportunity to dance in the classical Nutcracker as well as other traditional and modern ballet performances!

To obtain a position in the Company, auditions may be scheduled at any time by appointment; please email to request.

Open auditions are also held in January and August.

Audition will include a master class with Artistic Director Julie Knowles.
Interested dancers should have previous ballet training.

Location: Collierville Arts Academy
1990 W. Poplar Ave, Collierville, TN 38017

Perform with us!

Male and female dancers age 9 to 18, a minimum of two years of ballet training, a $10 audition fee, and a headshot photo.

For more information or to register for auditions, email Julie Knowles at

Please include in the email: your name, the dancer's name and age.

Collierville Ballet

Our mission at the Collierville Ballet is to provide our community with quality arts and humanities education, cultural outreach events and performance opportunities; and to encourage, challenge and inspire individuals to achieve their own personal best through the performing art of dance.

Our Philosophy...
It is our holistic approach to the arts and humanities that helps to provide our company dancers with the necessary life-skills to pursue a professional career in dance as well as in other areas outside of dance and the related arts fields. We believe that training should not just be confined to the performing arts but should encompass experiences that encourage each dancer to be a well-rounded individual. So we instill in our dancers - etiquette, discipline, mutual respect, confidence, the ability to work as a team and to encourage one another as individuals.

One team...
We support each other, creating a warm, nurturing environment for our company members to maximize their potential and reach their personal goals.  Our company dancers can be found in some of the most prestigious dance companies and arts organizations in the world - including the American Ballet Theatre, The Julliard School, and on Broadway.

Our dancers are provided with professional instruction in classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, modern dance styles which allows our dancers to quickly adapt to a broad range of styles and genres.  Our dancers are given wonderful performance opportunities to learn and perform classical repertoire and contemporary works.  Our company dancers hold leading roles in productions and have ample opportunities to learn the craft of theatre production and performance.

Respecting our heritage...
We honor the knowledge of the arts and humanities passed down to us from generation to generation.  We ensure that our dancers are educated in the history of classical ballet and grow to understand and appreciate all forms of dance from a wide variety of cultures as a artistic treasure for all people to enjoy.

Contact Us At The Collierville Ballet


A Collierville Ballet Staff Member Will Contact You As Soon As Possible.


Office Hours Mon - Fri 11am-6pm

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Collierville Ballet is a regional youth ballet company based in Collierville TN. Collierville Ballet serves metro-Memphis and West Tennessee communities.

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