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New Ballet Ensemble and School

Contact Name: Mary Golden

Address:

2157 York Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
United States
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Phone: (901) 726-9225

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New Ballet Ensemble and School (NBES) brings relevant and lively displays of dance to young audiences through in-school performances and special presentations of their main stage productions. NBES is a creative youth development organization that brings children and youth together from diverse backgrounds – regardless of ability to pay – to train, develop, and perform. Their distinctive productions showcase a wide variety of dance styles, including Ballet, Flamenco, Hip-Hop, Memphis Jookin, Tap, West African Dance, and more! NBES is located in Cooper-Young in midtown Memphis, TN since 2002.

“Our students were enthralled. I truly felt like we were in a grand theater instead of our school auditorium. Even our middle school students loved it (and that’s a tough crowd!).”
– Assistant Principal, Snowden School

“This is the best and most engaging arts performance that has visited Bruce Elementary, a fairly arts-savvy school. The children were riveted!”
– Teacher at Bruce Elementary

New Ballet provides pre-performance Teacher’s Guides to help educators actively engage students in each production, including information on composers and choreographers, prompts to promote critical thinking about the performance, and a range of activities to maximize students’ understanding and appreciation of the performance.

Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Nut Remix 2019, Thursday Nov. 14 at 10:30am

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Every holiday season Nut Remix delights Memphis’ audiences with a modern reinvention of Tchaikovsky’s classic Nutcracker, set on Beale Street. Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Flamenco, Memphis Jookin, West African dance and more create a magical world of movement and music you’ll never forget! The Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Big Band play live along with Flamenco musicians and African drummers. Unless you’ve seen Nut Remix, you’ve never seen a show like this! The New York Times named Nut Remix one of the three most innovative “Nutcrackers” in America!

Nut ReMix tells a new story of conflict resolution, embraces a global perspective, and celebrates authentic cultural legacies from around the world. It’s a major production at the beautiful Cannon Center in downtown Memphis. A special Thursday morning school performance on Thursday Nov. 14 at 10:30am features a fast moving, condensed version of “Nut ReMix” designed specifically for young audiences.

“The spirit onstage is wonderful.” – New York Times review of “Nut ReMix”

Program Cost:
$6 per student, free teacher ticket (1 teacher per 15 students) additional adults $15.

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Program Title: Three Shoes and Bare Feet

Program Type: Arts Integration

Program Description:

Three Shoes and Bare Feet celebrates four different styles of dance and the cultures they originate from through the different shoes worn – or not worn – by their dancers. The music and French culture that produced Ballet are represented by the classic pointe shoe. Spanish culture and its passionate Flamenco music and dance feature special shoes with short heels and nails in the soles to produce the percussive sounds of Flamenco. Hip hop and Memphis Jookin are all about the sneakers, which support the dancers’ weight on pointe (in athletic shoes). American modern dance and West African dance are performed in bare feet! Live African Drumming and Flamenco Guitar enhance this performance for children and youth of all ages.

Three Shoes and Bare Feet is available for booking 9:30am-2pm, Monday and Wednesdays in both semesters. A lesson guide is sent to classroom teachers in advance.

Program Cost:
$900

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Program Title: Story Dance Performances: ¡José!

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Debuting in 2019-2020, ¡José! is New Ballet Ensemble & School’s newest school show based on the life and work of the great modern dance master, José Limón. Inspired by the book José! Born to Dance, this show presents student audiences with a program that illuminates a variety of dance, music, and art genres from this era in history, such as Flamenco, Spanish guitar, and modern art, which inspired José Limón on his journey to become one of the most influential modern dance choreographers of his time. Timely and relevant for cross-curricular student learning, New Ballet’s engaging performance will be complemented with an integrated unit for classroom study.

¡José! is available for booking 9:30am-2pm Mondays and Wednesdays in the second semester.

Program Cost:
$1,400
“José! Born to Dance” is available for booking 9:30am-2pm, M-W-F in the Second Semester.

 

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Program Title: Story Dance Performances: Peter and the Wolf

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Peter and the Wolf is a lively variation on Prokofiev’s classic ballet, with characters representing not only the instruments of the orchestra, but also five different dance disciplines – Hip-Hop, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Character dance. The performance lasts 25 minutes, and is preceded by an overture of the Hip Hop Dying Swan, a trademark of NBE. Additional workshops are available by request.

Peter and the Wolf is available for booking 9:30am-2pm, Mondays and Wednesdays in both semesters.

Program Cost:
$1,400

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Program Title: Story Dance Performances: Anansi and the Sky God

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Anansi and the Sky God is based on an African folktale, set to the infectious sounds of West African drumming. A narrator tells the story of Anansi the Spider and his wife Aso, who trick the powerful Sky God into giving them all the stories in the world to share with all the people in the world. Anansi’s journey of discovery is brought to life through African Dance, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Modern, and Flamenco.

Anansi and the Sky God is available for booking 9:30am-2pm Mondays and Wednesdays in the second semester.

Program Cost:
$1,400

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