2020-21 Season

With the health and well-being of dancers, staff and auditioners as our top priority, Ballet Memphis will now be accepting video submissions for potential company contracts for the 2020-21 season.

Ballet Memphis' extensive repertoire includes classical and contemporary ballets. We are looking for versatile dancers who are able to move between many different choreographic styles.

Men must have strong partnering skills. Women must be skilled in pointe work.

Please submit a current resume, headshot, and dance video to audition@balletmemphis.org by April 10th, 2020.


Ballet Memphis is a not-for-profit organization that strives to produce imaginative art which embodies the heart of the spirited organization and the heart of Memphis. The doors of this community space are open to all because at Ballet Memphis, everyone matters.

Dorothy Gunther Pugh founded Ballet Memphis in 1986. She was on a mission to create a dance company that reflects our community and our nation, a mission to teach and present ballet in celebration of the human spirit. We have built a company that is like our city, beautifully diverse in mind, body, and soul as we seek to use art in service to others.


From open rehearsals and site visits around town to festivals and tour dates abroad, Ballet Memphis is always on the move. Ballet Memphis is known for its close ties to the region’s rich musical and literary heritage through dance, production and training. The Company has performed to excellent reviews at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., at the Joyce Theater and the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse in New York City, at the Walton Arts Center in Bentonville, A.R., and Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis, M.O., among others.

Ballet Memphis also partners with artists from around the globe for collaborative and original works, bringing new works to the stage each season. It is a privilege to collaborate with lauded choreographers such as Trey McIntyre, Julia Adam, Gabrielle Lamb, Reggie Wilson and Mark Godden.

Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times
"The climate that Ballet Memphis brings to the stage is unorthodox, peculiar, fresh and large-spirited. The mood blowing through all of these dances is generous, imaginatively breaking rules."


Memphis, Tennessee sits atop the bluffs over the mighty Mississippi, just before the Delta fans out all the way down to New Orleans and the Gulf. We are the 26th largest city in the nation with a population north of 650,000. Memphis is many things - the Bluff City, the Grizzlies, the Tigers, the Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock-n-Roll.

As a thriving industry metropolis, Memphis is home to several national and international companies. FedEx, born and headquartered here, connects Memphis with over 200 countries; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital treats and houses children battling cancer at no cost; International Paper employs 50,000 Memphians and distributes paper products around the world; and AutoZone serves as the largest retailer of aftermarket automotive parts in the United States.


Home to college and professional sports teams, our city also plays a major part in the sports world. From Memphis Grizzlies basketball and University of Memphis Tigers football and basketball, to Memphis Redbirds Triple-A baseball and the new Memphis 901 FC professional soccer club, our city thrives on athletic achievement and the unique pride that comes with embracing teams through the ups and the downs of a season.


The famous Orpheum Theatre, located in downtown Memphis, is the performance venue for Ballet Memphis’ Nutcracker and spring storybook ballets. This Theatre has been the Mid-South’s home for touring Broadway productions since 1977. Memphis is also home to a prosperous arts community. Because of this, Ballet Memphis has had the privilege to partner with some of the fantastic local organizations through the years like:

Memphis Symphony Orchestra
Opera Memphis
Playhouse on the Square
Hattiloo Theatre
Theatre Memphis
Brooks Art Museum
Dixon Gallery & Gardens
Memphis Botanic Garden
Sun Studio
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
The Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum


Memphis takes pride in the long list of entertainment venues, local eateries and breweries, cultural and historic treasures, as well as one of the top zoos in the country:

Memphis Zoo
Memphis in May
Shelby Farms
National Civil Rights Museum
Big River Crossing
Local Breweries
The Peabody Memphis
River Arts Fest
Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid
Graceland, The Home of Elvis Presley
Beale Street
Crosstown Concourse
Wolf River Conservancy

Learn More:

Our amazing city offers endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. Check out the following organizations who love Memphis just as much as we do for more city recommendations:

Memphis Tourism
Backbeat Tours
I Love Memphis Blog

season Auditions Update

To protect the health of dancers and staff, Ballet Memphis has decided to cancel the March 21 open auditions and will instead be accepting video submissions.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, however we are committed to mitigating any risk associated with the COVID-19 health crisis.