What to Expect

Whether new to Ballet Memphis or longtime patron, here are a few tips ensure an exceptional experience with us.

Mixed Rep vs Full-Length Ballets. Lasting about an hour and a half to two hours, mixed rep (repertory) performances involve three or four shorter ballets, usually 10-25 minutes in length each. These ballets can all be from one choreographer, showcasing his or her works, or may be from different choreographers but all surrounding a singular theme. On the other hand, full-scale classical ballets, like Cinderella or Nutcracker, last about two hours, and tell one complete "story" with a clear beginning, middle and end.  

When to arrive. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before a performance begins, so you’ll have ample time to find your seat and get comfortable. More venues allow the purchase of beverages which may be brought into the theatre. Occasionally a short video explaining the production will run before a performance as well.

What to wear. Business casual to dressy casual are the most appropriate options, but we usually have a little bit of everything.

Learn before you go. Visit the show's page on our website to learn about the choreographer or the history or storyline of the piece. Remember, though, the experience you take away from one of our performances is all about what you want to get out of it. We post lots of background here online, and on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Are children able to go? Most full-length ballets are "storybook" ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Cinderella, Wizard of Oz, that are usually completely fine for children of all ages. Most mixed-rep performances, unless noted, are also fine for children for their mere beauty and execution, even if they don't understand the storyline.