A child-centered approach.

Ballet Memphis School uses a kinesthetic approach to teaching traditional classical ballet technique, based on muscular physiology and use of energy. Teachers facilitate learning by utilizing concepts that adapt to and work with each student’s physique and natural aptitude for movement.

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

Discover Dance

Ages 3-5

Discover Dance

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Discover Ballet

Ages 6-15

Discover Ballet

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Classical Ballet

Ages 11-18

Classical Ballet

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Youth Expanded Dance

Ages 8-18

Youth Expanded Dance

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Dance Health & Fitness

Ages 12+

Dance Health & Fitness

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Dance for All

Toddlers-11

Dance for All

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Adult Expanded Dance

Ages 18+

Adult Expanded Dance

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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 15, 2017. 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 Heidi Rodeffer, School Administrator, by phone (901.737.7322) or email to confirm your level before registering.

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.

Arrival

Please make sure your child arrives to class on time and ready to learn and work. A late arrival does not allow a student enough time to prepare and compose him or herself, and can also disrupt class concentration. Students more than ten minutes late to any class may be asked to sit and observe class.

Departure

Please remember that Ballet memphis is not a child-care provider. Our fees do not reflect supervision outside of the studio. Students must wait for pick up in the lobby and should not wait outside in the drive-through or on the sidewalk as the lobby receptionist does not monitor these areas.

Students must be picked up within 15 minutes of the end of their class. If you are unable to pick up your student in a timely fashion, kindly call the receptionist at 901-737-7322. Parents will be charged a fee of $20.00 per 1/4 hour for any time the staff must wait beyond the allowed pick-up time.

Drive-through & Parking

In order to keep students safe while entering and exiting the building, please note the following information: 

Please enter from Cooper only and use the drive-through for dropping-off and picking-up students. There is no parking in the drive-through. Please wait until you are in front of the double glass lobby doors to drop off or pick up students. If your passengers are not immediately available, please exit the drive-through and pull around again.

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 for a 5% discount by the start of the semester, or monthly payments may be made at the regular tuition rate.

All tuition arrangements and payments for students at both locations are handled by the Midtown School Administrator.

As part of their tuition package, all registered Discover Dance and Ballet students receive two tickets to each Mainstage performance and a 20% discount on additional tickets. Registered students also receive a 20% discount on tuition for Expanded Dance (tap, hip-hop, open teen) and Imagine That! classes.

Early Pay and Family Discounts

Several discounts are available for early pay tuition and families with more than one student enrolled. For a complete breakdown of applicable discounts and fees, please contact Ballet Memphis School.

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 deadlines are: August 7, 2017, for returning students, and August 2, 2017, for new students. Download the financial aid application.

School Performances

Parents' Observation

During the last week of each semester the school hosts Parents’ Observation Week. If out-of-town relatives visit during the year, they are welcome to observe class at that time, as well.

Youth Ballet Memphis

Students in Ballet 7 & 8 may audition for Youth Ballet Memphis, the nonprofessional performing wing of Ballet Memphis. YBM members often perform corps roles in Ballet Memphis mainstage productions and present their own performances throughout the year. Learn more about Youth Ballet Memphis.

Nutcracker

Auditions will be held Sunday, September 24, 2017, registration begins at 2:45pm. Students in our Ballet 4 and above levels may audition for Ballet Memphis’ annual Nutcracker production.

  • Ballet Memphis School levels 4 & 5 — 3:15-4:15pm

  • Boys, ages 8-13 — 4:15-4:45pm

  • Ballet Memphis School levels 6 & 7 — 5:00-6:00pm

Students from other area schools ages 10–18 are welcome to audition for children's roles in the Nutcracker. They should have a minimum of 3 years of classical ballet training:

  • Girls, ages 10–13 — 3:15-4:15pm

  • All Boys, 8+ — 4:15-4:45pm

  • Girls, ages 14+ — 5:00-6:00pm

For more information regarding auditions, please contact us at 737-7322 or school@balletmemphis.org.

Attending Company Performances

As a special thank-you for being part of Ballet Memphis School, each registered ballet student (3–18) will receive vouchers for two complimentary seats for each mainstage performance in the semester in which they are enrolled: Take Shape and Nutcracker in the Fall; Small Places and Peter Pan in the Spring. These vouchers may be used for Section B seats, or applied toward the purchase of Premiere or Section A seats. You will receive further instructions on how to redeem these vouchers upon our receipt of your registration and tuition deposit. School families also receive a 20% discount on all additional mainstage ticket purchases.

Students enrolled in our expanded dance program only, including adult students; will receive a 20% discount on all mainstage ticket purchases. Discounts do not apply to special events or in-house performances.

Important Dates

2017-18 School Year

  • “Free” Week — August 7–10, 2017
  • Fall Semester — August 14 through December 10, 2017
  • Spring Semester — January 8 through May 13, 2018
  • Summer Intensive — June 4–22, 2018

Parents Observation Weeks

  • December 4–10, 2017
  • May 7–13, 2018

School Closures

The School will be CLOSED on these dates:

  • March 30–April 1 — Easter/Passover
  • March 12–18 — Spring Break
  • December 11–January 7 — Holiday Break
  • November 22–26 — Thanksgiving
  • October 9–16 — Fall Break
  • September 4 — Labor Day

Performances & Special Events

  • August 26  — Grand Opening Celebration
  • September 24 — Nutcracker auditions
  • October 14–22 — Take Shape (Playhouse on the Square)
  • November 3–5 — The Match Girl (Ballet Memphis Studios)
  • December 3 — Nutcracker Tea (Peabody Hotel)
  • December 15–17 — Nutcracker (Orpheum Theatre)
  • February 16–18 — Small Places (Playhouse on the Square)
  • April 6–8 — Peter Pan (Orpheum Theatre)
  • April 20–22 — Youth Ballet Memphis Spring Show (Ballet Memphis Studios)

Ballet Memphis School

Locations

Midtown

Our beautiful new space features four studios for classes. Our primary campus, come explore the possibilities.

Markell Dance Center at the Memphis Jewish Community Center

We are pleased to offer some of our classes at our East Memphis studio at the MJCC Markell Dance Center.