Ballet Arkansas: Behind the Scenes

By Caleb Talley | Photography by Jamison Mosley

Since 1978, Ballet Arkansas has been elevating the arts in the Natural State, through presentations of vibrant and diverse repertoire. The organization’s mission is to provide world-class performances – be it classical, neoclassical or contemporary – while also educating the next generation of young audiences.

While the company has positioned itself as a pillar of the state’s performing arts community, many Arkansans have not yet been introduced to this dynamic arts organization. But the dancers who make up Arkansas’ premiere professional ballet company aim to change that.

“Being a native, I love that Ballet Arkansas has been able to bring such incredible repertoire to the state, especially this season,” says Kaley Kirk, one of Ballet Arkansas’ many great dancers. “Growing up and watching the arts struggle here, it’s encouraging that so many people have helped support Ballet Arkansas and what we stand for. I’m really grateful that I get to do what I love in the place I call home.”

And in bringing a captivating experience to audiences in Little Rock, Ballet Arkansas has also given an outlet to many young performance artists.

“What I love most about Ballet Arkansas is that I’ve found my voice as an artist here,” says dancer Lynsie Ogden. “The repertoire we get to perform here is so diverse and allows you to not only find what makes your soul happy, but challenge yourself as well.”

Audiences will have the opportunity to witness the work of Ballet Arkansas in May, when the dancers take the stage with world-renowned Van Cliburn International Piano Competition award-winning pianist Dr. Drew Mays. The final performance of the season, which will be held at The Rep, will feature works by Tony Award-winning choreographers Agnes De Mille and Christopher Wheeldon. For more information, visit balletarkansas.org.

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