Community Dance

The Ballet Memphis Community Dance Program is built upon our core value that dance is for everyone. Through long-term partnerships and new ventures, Ballet Memphis is bringing the joy of dance to Memphis. Join us throughout the community in after-school programs, pop-up performances, and fun, educational student engagements that take a fresh look at dance, movement, and artistry.

In the Community

Through our partnerships with Knowledge Quest in South Memphis, Compass Community Schools around town and others, we are able to bring our Ballet Memphis School curriculum and creative nurturing style of teaching dance to students throughout Memphis. All students perform in showcases during the year. Scholarships are also available to the Ballet Memphis School.

Ballet Memphis Dance Club at Knowledge Quest

Ballet Memphis has been in partnership with Knowledge Quest after school program since 2011-2012 season. Classes are held Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at Knowledge Quest sites which are located at Gaston Community Center, the W.W. Herenton Renaissance Center at College Park, and the Knowledge Quest Main Campus.

Dance Club: for any student who wants to deepen their understanding of dance/ballet technique, loves to perform, and wants to further his/her dance experience in the performing arts. Club students have classes every Monday & Friday at Gaston Dance Studio from 4:00-5:30 pm (audition required), and perform for Knowledge Quest, Ballet Memphis and offsite events.

    • Offerings: Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip-hop, and African.
    • Ages: Boys/Girls ages 8 years old and & up!
    • Instructor: Nikki Lewis

Adventure Education: for all students at Knowledge Quest. Students have the opportunity to explore math and literacy through dance.

    • Offerings: Math/Dance & Dance/Literacy
    • Ages: All
    • Time/Location: This class is offered on Tuesdays & Thursdays at all Knowledge Quest sites
    • Instructor: Nikki Lewis

Note: Guests can schedule a class visit with Nikki Lewis to attend any of the classes above!

Compass Community Schools

Ballet Memphis has been in partnership with Jubilee Schools since the 2014-2015 season and was pleased to continue a partnership with the newly-formed Compass Community Schools. Students at Compass receive classical ballet training during the school. Students are exposed to ballet technique and performance opportunities on and off site.

Offerings: Ballet; All genres at Memphis Catholic High School
Grades: 3rd & up
Instructors: Nikki Lewis

Community Dance Instructors

Nikki Lewis

Community Dance Manager

Nikki Lewis