Practicing and mastering technique in classes is essential, but getting to perform onstage is the dream of nearly everyone who studies dance. At Ballet Memphis, upper-level school students have the opportunity to audition for and showcase their developing technique and artistry in our non-professional Junior Company performances.
In addition to performing in Ballet Memphis' annual production of Nutcracker, Junior Company members perform several times throughout the year, concluding with our annual Spring show.
Junior Company members rehearse an average of two-to-eight hours each week, in addition to their regular technique classes. Under the guidance of the Artistic Staff, and mentors from the professional company, Junior Company members learn choreography and then strive to perfect their technique and unison corps work, and develop artistic expression in rehearsal. Productions utilize costumes, stage lighting, sets, props, and occasionally live music to emulate the theatrical experience of the professional company.
This year's Junior Company performances will be:
- Match Girl, September 24–27, 2015
- The Not-So-Ordinary Princess, April 1–3, 2016