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Category: Press Releases

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About New Ballet Ensemble & School

Professional performing and teaching artist Katie Smythe founded New Ballet Ensemble & School in 2002 to address the inequitable dance landscape existing in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. The organization has developed into a robust arts education institution centered on dance and culture as mechanisms for social and cultural change. In addition to conservatory-level dance education, New Ballet is committed to whole child development, combining arts and creativity with academic support, mental wellness services and Creative Youth Development. Through enrichment activities, mentoring opportunities and partnerships in Memphis, a youth’s experience at New Ballet drives their self-direction, academic achievement and career success. New Ballet’s approach has received national recognition, including the honor of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, presented by then-First Lady Michelle Obama in 2014 to reward the country’s best Creative Youth Development programs. For more information, please visit newballet.org

Renowned Alumni and Master Artists Join New Ballet Ensemble & School to Celebrate 20 Years of NutRemix™

October 10, 2022

Memphis, TN – For two decades, New Ballet Ensemble & School has entertained audiences with a modern, Memphis-centric retelling of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” This year, the organization celebrates its […]

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New Ballet to Receive $40,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts

May 27, 2021

Memphis, TN — New Ballet Ensemble and School has been approved for a $40,000 Grants for Arts Projects award, the largest round 2 award in Tennessee in this category, to […]

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CEO and Founder Katie Smythe Awarded Thomas W. Briggs Community Service Award

September 30, 2020

“Children can succeed when the arts are behind them, and the arts succeed when philanthropy is behind us.” – Katie Smythe, CEO and Founding Artistic Director, New Ballet Ensemble and […]

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Announcing Our Partnership with Kindred Place

September 1, 2020

We’re excited to be partnering with Kindred Place to offer free mental health services to our students! This has been a challenging year, and we are proud to provide equitable access to […]

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New Ballet Receives $85,000 Grant from the Hearst Foundations to Expand Pathways Program

January 15, 2020

It is with great appreciation and enthusiasm that New Ballet Ensemble & School announces a grant of $85,000 from The Hearst Foundations of New York to support the Pathways Program, […]

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New Funding for New Ballet from Hohenberg Foundation and International Paper

December 5, 2019

New Ballet is excited to announce new funding from the Hohenberg Foundation and International Paper! Hohenberg Visiting Artists Grant Please join us in thanking the Hohenberg Foundation for continuing to […]

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First Lady Recognizes Top Creative Youth Development Programs

November 7, 2014