About the Master Class Series

Each season Ballet Arkansas brings professional choreographers and guests artists from around the nation to Little Rock, AR, to set or create works of choreography for Ballet Arkansas to perform.


As part of our outreach and educational programs, Ballet Arkansas is able to offer students the opportunity to receive instruction from these established dance professionals while they are in Little Rock.


Master classes are held at the Ballet Arkansas Studio located at 520 S Main St. Little Rock, AR 72212.

Classes are registration based, for students age 12 and up, who are currently enrolled in a ballet class.


The cost per student is $30 and there is a $15 fee for individuals that want to observe a class.

Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure there is room at the barre for all students.

Upcoming Master Class

Kiyon Gaines

January 21, 2017

10:30am – 12:30pm

Ballet Arkansas Resident Choreographer

Kiyon_Gaines_Headshot_BWKiyon Gaines is from Baltimore, Maryland. He trained at Baltimore School of the Arts, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, the School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in 2001, and was promoted to soloist in 2012.
In addition to his performing career, Mr. Gaines is an aspiring choreographer. Among other works, he created blitz…Fantasy, {SCHWA}, Infinite Intricacies, and Interrupted Pri‘si’zh‘en for PNB’s annual Choreographers‘ Showcase performances, and {SCHWA} was taken into PNB’s repertory during the 2007 Celebrate Seattle Festival. In 2008, Mr. Gaines choreographed M-Pulse, set to a commissioned score by Cristina Spinei, for the Company repertory. He has also participated in the prestigious New York Choreographic Institute. In 2013, Mr. Gaines was commissioned to choreograph a new Bolero on Ballet Arkansas and is now acting as Resident Choreographer for the company.


Use the form below to register.