Ballet Arkansas has announced open registration for children and adult dance education programs. The programs provide new training for adults and supplemental training for dancers ages 12 and older. Classes will be offered at the Ballet’s newly remodeled 520 Main St. studio in Downtown Little Rock’s Creative Corridor, and at the Main St. Pocket Park, the city’s newest open-air event space. Students that do not yet feel comfortable enrolling for an in-person class may join virtually via Zoom.
“For years, Ballet Arkansas has fielded requests for year-round enrolled education programs for children and adults, but we’ve simply not had the bandwidth to accommodate additional education programs amid the organization’s rapid growth and the increased demand for community outreach initiatives,” Michael Fothergill, executive and artistic director, said. “We are now ready to embark on an exciting new endeavor. In light of pandemic conditions, we’ve selected to start small and build a strong foundation for a larger class offering in the spring of 2022. We’re excited about our 21/22 return season, and we want to ensure we can deliver on our promise to provide the public with quality education programs while not stretching ourselves thin. We want our studio to be a hub of creativity, collaboration, and artistic exploration, and we welcome students of all ages and backgrounds to share their love for dance with us this fall.”
Ballet Arkansas’ fall dance classes include absolute beginner ballet and intermediate ballet for adults, indoor and outdoor pilates classes, and a masterclass series with the artistic staff of the for pre-professional dancers ages 12 and older. Masterclasses provide students with opportunities for concentrated study over a short span of time. Adult ballet and pilates will be taught by Ballet Arkansas professional dancers Leah Morris, Brittany Harano and Aldrin Vendt.
“While I was fortunate to train with excellent instructors, I was always seeking out more knowledge, wanting to see the world through as many lenses as I could. Gaining valuable experience through the study with guest instructors and really took my training to the next level. We want to pass along what we have learned to students seeking the same experience many of us in the profession have enjoyed,” Fothergill said.
Ballet Arkansas enrolled education programs for Fall 2021 are available by month (September, October, or November) or for the full fall semester (September, October, and November) at a discounted rate. Classes range from $10-14/hour.