Ballet Arkansas would like to congratulate the following students on their acceptance into our Preparatory Program:

Katherine Claxton

Katie Clevenger

Mary Claire Cogbill

Emma Farnsworth

Annabeth Hall

Savannah Halter

Zsilas Hughes

Calista Olsen

Natalie Robinson

Lauren-Frances Wood

Ballet Arkansas Prepartory Program

The Ballet Arkansas Preparatory Program (BAPP) is offered to those dancers age 12 to 18 who are seriously considering choosing ballet as their career. It is a special program designed to supplement and accelerate a student’s ballet training while allowing them to experience a professional company atmosphere. The dancers will have opportunities to train, rehearse, and perform with Ballet Arkansas as well as participate in other performances and appearances throughout the year. Dancers will be selected by an audition process and no more than ten will be chosen for this unique opportunity. The selected dancers will receive focused attention from their instructors who may include the BAPP Director, Ballet Arkansas Artistic Director, and Ballet Arkansas Ballet Mistress. Master classes and classes with other guest artists, such as Ballet Arkansas Company members, will also be available. Involvement in this program is not a guarantee of employment with Ballet Arkansas or any other company, but it is a valuable stepping stone between the student and professional worlds. Regular classes run from September through April with a monthly tuition of $125. Ballet Arkansas Summer Intensive completes the year and is offered to BAPP students at half price.


  • Focused curriculum based on the strengths and weaknesses of the BAPP participants
  • Regular weekly class with BAPP Director, Ballet Arkansas Ballet Mistress, Ballet Arkansas Artistic Director or Ballet Arkansas Company Members
  • Class with the Ballet Arkansas Company on a rotating basis
  • Free admittance to Master Classes with guest artists
  • 1/2 price tuition and admission into Ballet Arkansas Summer Intensive. BAPP participation does not guarantee any particular level of placement for classes in the summer program.



  • A Shakespeare-themed collaboration with the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra in November
  • Casting in the annual Nutcracker performances with Ballet Arkansas and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
  • Periodic appearances at community functions, such as the Capitol Tree Lighting
  • Participation at the Ballet Arkansas Turning Point Gala
  • Spring Performance exclusively comprised of BAPP participants, yet to be determined


Additional Benefits:

  • Recommendations and assistance planning for summer/college programs
  • Pointe shoe fitting recommendations and assistance
  • Guidance for applications and resume packages
  • 20% discounts on all Footlights purchases
  • 2 complimentary tickets for each Ballet Arkansas production