Ballet Arkansas female dancers at Little Rock Athletic Club | Apparel: Footlights Dance Store

As the state’s foremost professional ballet company, Ballet Arkansas strives to provide world-class dance performance to Arkansans through a company of elite dance athletes and professional artists.

From new works to the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, we present diverse performance experiences for broad audience appeal. Acting as a pillar of Arkansas’ arts community, we will create programs of the highest caliber that inspire and educate students across the state, inform the public about the importance of dance to a vibrant community, and serve as an ambassador for the state of Arkansas in the dance community throughout the nation and the world.

Giving Opportunities

Ticket sales cover only a portion of expenses. One pair of pointe shoes can cost over $100 and lasts about one week. We need practice tutus at $500 each. Tutus for a stage performance start at $2,500 per costume. We need technology/equipment at the Main St. studio: keyless entry/security system, wi-fi, wireless sound system for music and video. A new ballet can cost $10,000. A new, full production (sets and costumes) of The Nutcracker is $250,000.

Ballet Arkansas accepts monetary and in-kind donations and appreciates all of our volunteers! To get involved visit

Fundraisers and Events

ACANSA Opening Night, Sept. 21, 6 p.m., Junior League of Little Rock Headquarters (Tickets)

Ballet Arkansas Encore! Oct. 30, 3 p.m., Anthony Chapel, Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs (Tickets)

The Nutcracker Tea, Dec. 4, Capital Hotel in Little Rock (Tickets)

The Nutcracker, Dec. 9-11 (Tickets through ASO Box office: (501) 666-1761)

Turning Pointe Gala, February 2017 (Call for tickets/sponsorship information)

Spring Performance at the Arkansas Rep, April 21-23, 2017 (Tickets available November 2016)

Funding Sources

Artistic Director:
Michael Bearden

Employees: 20-35
Service area: Arkansas
Established: 1978

520 Main St.
Little Rock, AR 72203
(501) 223-5150

Board of Directors:
Charles Moulton, President
Viviane Ajarrista, Vice President
Wendy See, Secretary
Mandi John, Treasurer
Dr. Ahmad Brown, Past President
Todd Rice
Dr. Julie Harris
Molly McGowan McNulty
Alex Ray
Lauren Strother
Jason Wiest
Kirk Bradshaw
Kate Dimitrova
Lori Burrows
Betty Harrison
Kate Pipkin
Sherry Richardson
Janis Terry
Sarah Thomas
Marcus Turley