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New Ballet

Empowering the next generation of artists

Our Mission

New Ballet Ensemble & School brings children and youth together by providing a professional standard of dance training, regardless of the ability to pay.

Dance students served weekly
Memphis Shelby County Schools students reached annually
Of New Ballet students have progressed to college or career since 2003
“You teach kids more than just skills in the arts and humanities—you light a fire in them; you help them grow emotionally and socially.”

– First Lady Michelle Obama, 2014


Grow With New Ballet: Spotlight on Khamari McElroy

Khamari McElroy, a recent graduate of Overton High School, began his journey with New Ballet Ensemble & School at age five. “When the New Ballet Pathways program came to Dunbar […]

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New Ballet Ensemble & School welcomes alumnus Matthew Best as executive director

Founding CEO Katie Smythe will spearhead strategic planning and development efforts.  Memphis, Tenn., March 14, 2024 – Local nonprofit arts education organization, New Ballet Ensemble & School, has appointed 2007 […]

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Board Member Spotlight: Deborah Northcross

Deborah Northcross has been a part of the New Ballet Ensemble board for more than a decade — since 2008. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Board. While her […]

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