Attending A Performance


  • Box Office Hours: On performance days, the Box Office typically opens one hour prior to curtain time. Walk-up purchases are allowed if a show is not sold out. 
  • Accessibility: If you require accessible seating, please purchase your tickets by calling our Box Office at 901-214-2400 at least two weeks prior to the performance. All parking and building facilities have accessible entry and seating. 
  • Parking: Free parking is included with Flex Pass purchases for our season performances at The Orpheum and at Ballet Memphis. Ample paid parking is also available at both locations. The Ballet Memphis parking lot is a pay-by-the-hour lot, if you do not have a free parking pass, and typically runs $3-5 for a single event. 
  • Seating/Ticket Prices: Performances at The Orpheum are by section, ranging from $7-$75 for Section C through Orchestra Premier. All performances at Ballet Memphis are general admission—one price for all seats and first-come seating. Ballet Memphis performances typically range from $15-25 per seat. 

Ballet 101—Ballet for Beginners

Whether new to Ballet Memphis or longtime patron, here are a few tips to ensure an exceptional experience with us. If you have other questions, please don't hesitate to email us at We want your trip to the ballet to be an enjoyable one.

When should I 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 is the different between a Mixed Rep performance and a Full-Length Ballet?

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.  

What should I wear?

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

I'm nervous I won't know what's going on during the performance. How can I prepare?

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.

Is my child welcome at a performance?

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. Children under three years of age are not generally permitted in the theatre. At designated shows, children of all ages are permitted. However, everyone regardless of age must have a ticket.