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.

Nutcracker auditions - Update

Dear Nutcracker Auditioners,

We are excited to be entering “Nutcracker” season with a better perspective than we had last year! Our enthusiasm, however, is tempered by a continuing and concerning community health situation.

Ballet Memphis is in almost daily conversations with our peer ballet companies across the country, local performing arts groups and venues, as well as the Shelby County Health Department, to guide our decision-making about our performances.

You should know that Ballet Memphis has required all full- and part-time staff and dancers to be fully vaccinated for their protection, and yours. The Orpheum Theatre, as well as other venues, also requires staff, performers, stagehands, and volunteers to be vaccinated.

With this in mind, students who are under the age of 12 and, therefore, not eligible to be vaccinated will not be allowed to perform in “Nutcracker” with us this season. Students who are 12 and over who intend to audition for “Nutcracker” must have received one dose of the vaccine by September 19, 2021 and be fully vaccinated by November 1, 2021.

This vaccine requirement also includes parent volunteers who would like to help backstage or at the boutique in the Orpheum Lobby.

Vaccine cards must be presented at the audition on Sunday, September 19. First dose or full vaccination will be recorded at that time. Students and parents who require a second dose will need to present their card showing full vaccination to Jenna Lester by November 1.

We know that this is a disappointment for your young students - it is a disappointment for our staff, dancers, and instructors, as well. We look forward to “Nutcracker” as much as you do, but we know that keeping our students, staff, dancers, and Orpheum partners safe must take top priority.

If you have any questions, please contact Janet Parke at jparke@balletmemphis.org.


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School Policies


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.


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. Students should not wear the following items: jewelry, skirts (attached or unattached), underwear, sweaters, leg warmers.

Leotards, tights, and shoes are available online at Discount Dance, or locally at Barbara's Dancewear in East Memphis and Cordova Dancewear.

Students must wear appropriate street clothing over their dance attire when entering and leaving the building.

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


Tuition may be paid all at once or in monthly installments for the 32-week ballet school year.

You may register online or by phone at 901-737-7322. 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

A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available to school-age students through age 18 whose circumstances warrant assistance. Financial assistance is awarded as applications are received for the period of one school year (August through May), and must be resubmitted annually. Contact Jenna Lester if interested in applying for financial assistance.

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Janet Parke

Director of School, Classical Ballet & Pointe

Janet Parke