Summer Dance

fun, creative experiences for children and teens

Summers at Ballet Memphis are, well, different! As a classical ballet school housed within a professional company, our students have the benefit of learning from the professionals, but in a setting that is fun, creative and supportive at the same time. Boys and girls and all abilities welcome. We believe in possibilities, and that every child should have a chance to soar!

New to dance? Come join us!

Beginning Ballet (ages 8-14) / June 6-July 25, 2018

Designed for students who have little or no formal ballet training, these classes teach basic technique and terminology in a fun, noncompetitive atmosphere. Classes are Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45p (no class on July 4), $180. 

Build-A-Ballet / June 25-29, 2018

You don't have to be a dancer to have fun creating a story ballet of your own! Join us as we create our own short story ballet from scratch, including choreography, sets and costumes.

  • Ages 6-8, $150 | M–F 9a–12p | Based on Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
  • Ages 9-11 $175 | M–F 1–4:30p | Help us create our own Twisted Tales

Classical ballet training to your dancing to another level.

Summer Intensive I: BUILDING Technique / June 4-22, 2018

Join us for a three-week session that begins each day with ballet technique, and then furthers your development with a wide variety of disciplines including conditioning, modern, tap musicality and artistry. Weekly classes available, too. 

  • 1-4 years experience,  $240, T & TH 3–6p
  • 5-6 years experience,  $360, MWF 1:30–6p
  • 7-8 years experience,  $495, M–F 9:30a–3p

Summer Intensive II: BEYOND Technique / July 9-27, 2018

With the goal of becoming more complete dancers, this one-of-a-kind immersion in living the life of a professional dancer is modeled on the daily schedule of our company dancers. In a mentoring environment, participants will work alongside our professional artists in rehearsal and performance, learning skills that go beyond classroom technique to understand how best to work with their bodies, develop an exemplary work ethic, foster creativity, and gain hands-on experience in the technical aspects of theatrical production and design. Participation on all days is mandatory. Intensive includes two performances, one a final public performance on July 27

7-8 years experience, $1,200 | M–S for two weeks, then M–F, 9:30a-5p daily

Looking for classes for youth & adults? New classes starting now!

Adult Ballet / Ongoing Beginning May 14

  • Intermediate, Mondays 9:30-10:45
  • Beginning, Tuesdays 6:30-7:45p
  • Open Level (all abilities), Wednesdays 6:30-7:45p

Rhythm Tap for Youth (12+) & Adults / Ongoing Beginning May 23

  • Tuesdays 6:30-7:45p
  • Wednesdays 1:30-2:30p (except July 4)

All classes $15 drop-in, $54 for a 4-class pass or $130 for a 10-class pass.

FREE PUBLIC PERFORMANCE Friday, July 27, 7p

Aspiring young dancers have been working hard in our Summer Intensive II: Beyond Technique this month. With the goal of becoming more complete dancers, this one-of-a-kind immersion in living the life of a professional dancer is modeled on the daily schedule of our company dancers. On Friday, July 27, the students will perform 10 short works in a performance-style setting. Let's show them our support and catch the show at 7p at Ballet Memphis in our main Fly Studio. Donations for the performance will be accepted.