A child-centered approach.

At Ballet Memphis School, everyone matters and every student can experience the joy of dance, movement and artistry. We use a unique approach to teaching classical ballet technique that grows out of childhood play and adapts to each student’s physique and natural aptitude for movement.

Our instruction is individualized to best encourage each student’s artistic development. Advancement through our levels is based on technical accomplishment, emotional maturity, classroom interaction, personal work ethic, and readiness for the challenges of the next level.

Download the 2020-21 schedule here or check out our individual classes below.

Fall Semester Announcement

The Ballet Memphis School will resume classes for the fall semester on August 24. In light of this ever-evolving situation, the Ballet School will follow Shelby County guidance and begin in-person or blended classes when the COVID-19 situation in Shelby County warrants the move to Phase III of the Back to Business Plan. While the City of Memphis and Shelby County remain in Phase II, the Ballet Memphis School will teach all classes virtually.

During this ever-evolving situation, we have put the health and safety of our students and their families, as well as our instructors and staff, as a top priority. Learn more about how we are keeping your child safe with our Ballet Memphis School Reopening Plan.

2020-21 Classes


Discover Dance

Ages 4-5

Discover Dance

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Classical Ballet

Ages 6-18

Classical Ballet

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Ballet Memphis Pilates

Youth Ballet Memphis

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School Policies

Class Placement

Students are initially placed in Discover Dance and Discover Ballet classes by age. All students enrolling for the first time in one of these classes must be the required age on or before August 24, 2020. Initial class placement for older students will be made by Ballet Memphis School staff based on both age and previous experience. No exceptions will be made on initial class placement. Each student is then continually evaluated throughout the year and moved to another class when deemed appropriate by the instructor or school principal. Generally, students stay at each level for at least two semesters. However, each student’s progress is evaluated on an individual basis.

Prospective new students, ages 8-17, with previous classical ballet training, should sign up for a Student Placement/Evaluation. If you're interested in trying a ballet class for the first time, any single ballet class is just $30.

New students with no previous classical ballet training can be placed without an evaluation. Please contact Jenna Lester, School Administrator, by phone (901.214.2404) or register online.

Attendance

Prompt and regular attendance is expected of all students. Any student more than 10 minutes late will not be permitted to dance but will observe instead. If an absence cannot be avoided, the missed lesson may be made up in another class as arranged by the instructor. Parents are expected to pick up their children immediately following class. If a child must remain late, please notify the school administrative assistant in advance. Students taking the final class of the evening must never be left late for any reason.

Attire

Ballet Memphis School has a required uniform for all students that enables the teacher to best see and evaluate each student.

Please see individual class listings for specific colors and styles. The following items should never be worn as they are unnecessary and a distraction to both student and teacher: jewelry, skirts (attached or unattached), underwear, sweaters, leg warmers. Learn how to pull your hair into a proper ballet bun.

Leotards, tights, and shoes may be purchased from Barbara's Dancewear in East Memphis, Cordova Dancewear, or online at Discount Dance.

Because of our increased visibility in urban areas, and for safety reasons, students must wear appropriate street clothing over their dance attire upon entering and leaving the studio.

Inclement Weather

Ballet Memphis follows the Shelby County Schools’ inclement weather policy. If city schools are closed because of weather, all classes are canceled for that day. If it begins snowing later in the day, please wait until 3 p.m. to call the studio. Whenever possible, up-to-date information will be emailed to registered students, posted on this website and on Ballet Memphis' Facebook page.

Tuition Information

Semester Tuition

The 32-week ballet school year is divided into two semesters. Tuition may be paid all at once or in monthly installments.

You may register by phone (901-737-7322), in person at the Midtown location, or online. Our classes fill up quickly, so please reserve your child's place in the desired class with a 25% tuition deposit. This deposit is only refundable up until seven (7) days preceding the beginning of each semester. No refunds will be given once the semester begins. The remaining tuition may be paid in full or scheduled monthly on a credit card of your choice.

All tuition arrangements and payments for students are handled by the School Administrator.

Financial Aid

Full and partial scholarships are available to school-age students through age 18 whose circumstances warrant assistance. Financial assistance is awarded for the period of one school year (August through May), and must be resubmitted annually. Financial aid application deadline is August 20, 2020. Download the financial aid application.

Ballet Memphis School

Locations

Midtown

Our beautiful space features four studios for classes...come explore the possibilities!

School

Instructors

Janet Parke

Director of School, Classical Ballet & Pointe

Janet Parke

Loren Williams

Discover Dance, Classical Ballet & Pointe

Loren Williams

Megan McCusker

Discover Dance, Classical Ballet

Megan McCusker

Ashley Hannah Davis

Classical Ballet

Ashley Hannah Davis