Mary Van Dyke, Artistic Director
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Children's Ballet Theater offers students ages 2.5 to 18 years and adults training in the beautiful traditions of Russian and European classical ballet as well as musical theater, jazz, contemporary and tap. Classes are open to the public at the Racquet Club located in East Memphis. It is former ballerina Mary Van Dyke's greatest joy to offer children, teens and adults the very best training in the most unique traditions. Our teachers are employed specifically for their knowledge of these styles. It is our imperative that all instructors be kind, uplifting and always speak encouragingly to children and teens as they teach the discipline of classical ballet. Ms. Van Dyke is also proud to have Ballet Mistress and TBT coach Nora Curran work closely with the staff on the finer hand, head and arm details of the Vaganova Method of the Kirov Ballet. Beginners as well as experienced dancers are welcome to audition each September for our Children's Ballet Theater Nutcracker featuring ages starting from kindergarten as well our teens and adults of the Tennessee Ballet Theater Junior Co. and Company. This acclaimed production is held annually at the Germantown Performing Arts Center.
We offer classes that will spark your child’s imagination and creativity. Former ballerina Mary Van Dyke has created a special syllabus designed specifically for each age group. Each class includes ballet, creative movement, and fun with ballet props. Students will also learn dances set to classical ballet music including favorites such as the "Sugar Plum Fairy Dance". Each year the syllabus is changed to insure that students returning to their same age group have new material.
Children's Ballet Theater offers ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical classes and musical theater with exceptional and caring dance teachers. Students are trained in proper technique as well as choreography for the Children’s Ballet Theater Nutcracker and the year-end recital. Parents cannot believe the improvement at year's end in posture, poise, and graceful athleticism. Teens and adults have performing opportunities as part of Tennessee Ballet Theater Junior Company and Tennessee Ballet Theater. Visit our Nutcracker page to see footage from past shows.
Young kids as well as teens really enjoy learning this style of dance which is mostly set to modern day pop, rock and alternative music. Contemporary dance became popular in recent years with the advent of top-rated shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance”. Students also love jazz dance and modern dance which could include any vein of music including today’s coolest music. This style of dance can include lyrical, modern or jazz.
Classes for Pre-Teens and Teens
Contemporary Dance - Modern Dance - Jazz Dance