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.
Our family friendly Sugarplum Fairy Tea and Silent Auction event is a fabulous way to start your holiday season.
Enjoy our delicious catered tea party, shop our exciting silent auction for gifts & experiences for everyone on your list, and delight in our special musical guests too!
This is a family-friendly event for all ages. Those over 3 years of age must purchase a ticket to attend the event.
This beloved holiday classic will return to the Harrell Theatre in Collierville, TN in December 16-17 of 2023.
The Collierville Ballet is a pre-professional regional youth ballet company and presents 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)
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
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)
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.
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)
BE A PART OF THE COMPANY!
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 email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include in the email: your name, the dancer's name and age.
This beloved holiday classic will return to the Harrell Theatre in Collierville, TN on December 16 and 17th. The Collierville Ballet, Collierville's pre-professional regional youth ballet company, presents 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 meet Clara, her family and a whole cast of characters. Our exciting Battle Scene is 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 are conjured by the sparkling Snow Queen and Snow King of the Winter Forest.
Act II opens 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 announces the arrival of the radiant Sugar Plum Fairy and her elegant Cavalier as they dance their Grand Pas de Deux before bidding Clara a fond farewell. Clara drifts across a glittering night sky and awakens 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?
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.
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.
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.