Collierville
Ballet

The 2024-2025 will be our 16th Anniversary as a premier regional youth ballet company in West Tennessee. The Collierville Ballet is a youth ballet committed to providing our audiences with excellent quality performances while offering our 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.

Collierville Ballet's 2024-2025 Season

Collierville Ballet is the premier youth ballet company in Western Tennessee.
Sugar Plum Tea!
Sugar Plum Fairy Tea & Auction Event

Our Sugar Plum Fairy Tea and Silent Auction is one of the most popular social events in our area. The Sugar Plum Fairy Tea features appearances and mini-performances from our company members in an absolutely gorgeous wedding venue setting. Don't forget our fantastic live musical entertainment - music that will have your toes tappin'. Our family friendly event is open to all ages, but you must purchase and reserve your seats in advance.

Sugar Plum Fairy Tea & Auction guests enjoy an amazing array of tea time savory favorites, sweet treats, and beverages for all ages and of course - delicious teas!

Our Sugar Plum Fairy silent auction is a perfect way to support the Collierville Ballet, find amazing gifts, special treats, and holiday surprises for family and friends. And everyone who attends will receive an official Collierville Ballet 'Sugar Plum Fairy Swag Bag' filled to the tope with free samples, tea, coupons, and more to take home after the event too.

Nutcracker 2023!
The Nutcracker

Mark your calendars now for the Collierville Ballet's 16th Annual performance of The Nutcracker at the Harrell Theatre in Collierville, TN.

The beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, returns to the Harrell Performing Arts Theatre in Collierville, TN on December 21-22, 2024.

The Collierville Ballet is a pre-professional regional youth ballet company performing on stage with professional guest artists from leading professional companies who perform the leading roles of the Snow Queen & King as well as the Sugar Plum Fairy & her Cavalier Prince.  Join Clara, Fritz, Toy Soldiers, Mice, and Angels on a magical holiday adventure this season through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets.

Be sure to check out the Sugar Plum Fairy VIP Package for added holiday excitement when you purchase your tickets to The Nutcracker.
(Performance Length 1 hour & 40 mins with 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 with guest faculty in ballet, pointe, contemporary dance, jazz, and more.

In the evening, enjoy our main stage non-competitive dance performances by attending dance studios and companies. 

Youth Ballet companies across our region are invited to join the Mid-American Ballet Festival this season for terrific training with our Guest Master Teachers from professional companies  and a Showcase performance opportunity in our Main Stage Evening Performance.

Festival Dates for 2025 will be
February 28-March 2, 2025.
Registration, Faculty and Performance information will be available beginning in August of 2024.

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 of 2025!  Our Fair on the Square performances are free and open to the public.

Stop by our Collierville Ballet booth and enjoy the fun with us and members of our Company.

Spring Performance!
Spring Performance 2025

Collierville Ballet will present an afternoon of ballet for the entire family to enjoy in the spring of 2025 at the Harrell Theatre.

Our Spring Performance matinee and evening will feature a mixed repertoire of classical favorites that will be announced on August 1st, 2024.


(Performance length is approx. 1 hour 40 mins including a brief intermission)

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.

Versatility...
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.

Perform with us!
Collierville Ballet Company Members

Jr Level Company Members ages 9-12 must have at least two consecutive years of classical ballet training and/or other dance styles to be considered for membership in the Collierville Ballet. Pointe work is not required at this level of company membership.

Sr Level Company Members ages 13-18 must have at least two consecutive years of classical ballet training and/or other dance styles to be considered for membership in the Collierville.  Dancers who have obtained the necessary strength, technique and ability to work en pointe should attend their audition ready to demonstrate their pointe work.

Character Dancers & Apprentice Members ages 9-adults should speak with the Artistic Director about available roles during our performance season. Applicants for these positions should have experience to support their character or apprentice level roles during the performance season.  All casting is at the discretion of the Artistic Director of the Collierville Ballet.

For more information or to register for auditions, email Julie Knowles at info@colliervilleballet.org.  Please include in the email: Parent/Guardian name, the dancer's full name, age, experience/background of training and contact phone number.  A Collierville Ballet staff member will return an email and a phone to you to arrange an interview.

Audition For Collierville Ballet

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 info@colliervilleballet.org 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.

Audition Location: Collierville Arts Academy Studios
1990 W. Poplar Ave, Ste #104, Collierville, TN 38017

Audition!

The Nutcracker

Presented by Collierville Ballet
Featuring Professional Guest Artists 
At The Harrell Theatre, Collierville
December 21-22, 2024

This beloved holiday classic returned to the Harrell Theatre in Collierville, TN on December 21st and 22nd. 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?

Pre-order a digital download/viewing of 2024's presentation of The Nutcracker by Collierville Ballet below!
Included in the presentation are the following items:
The Nutcracker - Act 1 & 2
Our official 2024 Nutcracker Trailer Video
2024 Nutcracker Production Gallery Slideshow
The History of The Nutcracker Video Mini- Documentary
BONUS - A Link for our 2024 Nutcracker Performance Program online in flipbook format

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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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  • Julie Hunt Knowles, Artistic Director
  • Email: director@colliervilleballet.org
  • 901-861-7001