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Ozark Ballet has received 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status from the IRS and is a registered charity in good standing with the State of Arkansas

As a new professional ballet school, OBT relies heavily on small and large donations. Some of the programs your donations can support are:

  • Sensory-friendly performances

  • Free class offerings for the community

  • In-school outreach programs at local schools

  •  Tuition reductions for qualifying students

  • Yearly free nutcracker performances for low income school districts 

  • Technical theater volunteer opportunities for high school students 

  • Collaborations benefitting other charitable organizations. (Discount rates for members of other orgs etc…)

  • Teacher training programs for qualified students

  • Senior citizen outreach

​....and more!


Thank you! 

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About Us

Mission Statement:

To enrich the communities of Northwest Arkansas by breaking down the barriers of classical ballet and creating an equitable, accessible atmosphere for the practice of our art. 

Ozark Ballet Theater brings the many benefits of classical ballet to everyone in Northwest Arkansas. As a 501(c)(3) organization, we have established programs which allow all members of the community to interact with professional classical ballet training in a healthy and constructive way. 

 With a planned 3 full-length ballet performances each year, as well as many smaller local performance opportunities, we can offer our students exposure to the thrilling responsibility of professional live performance. The technical and artistic skills learned onstage and backstage are important tools students can apply inside and outside the theater for the rest of their lives.


In addition to our year-round dance education, we can utilize our national network of professional dancers and teachers from extremely diverse backgrounds, we will offer workshops and camps to allow our students a safe, welcoming place to discover the historic and contemporary cultural impact of dance and music. 


The Directors and Staff of Ozark Ballet Theater 

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Katie Stasse

Artistic Director
School Principal

With over 20 years experience as a dance educator, Katie has trained many professional dancers in the Vaganova method at the School of Russian Ballet in Orlando. She received her training from Vadim Fedotov and Irina Depler - principal dancers from the Kyiv National Opera and performed as a principal dancer for the Fedotov Ballet, Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet and Contemporary Ballet Dallas - her exquisite record as a successful educator is unparalleled in Northwest Arkansas

David Sanders

Executive Director
Advanced Ballet Instructor

David began his training in Fort Worth Texas with North Central Ballet. After attending the University of Arizona as a dance major, he joined State Street Ballet in California as an Apprentices and has since enjoyed a 12 year career as a freelance dance performer and educator. He also has a background in business administration and logistics, with 7 years experience as a successful business administrator.

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Arno-Stin Tsembenhoi

Ballet Instructor 
Men's Technique

A graduate of The Kyiv National Ballet Academy, Arno brings extensive knowledge in the Vaganova Method for men’s dance technique as well as an exquisite background in contemporary performance and choreography

Anastasya Rodina

Ballet Technique
Pre Pointe

A graduate of The Kyiv National Ballet Academy, with an bachelor’s degree in choreography and teaching from the Kherson State University, Nastya brings an expertise in classical technique, conditioning and performance


Blake Worthey

Modern Dance
Improvisational Dance

An Arkansas Native, Blake received his BFA in modern dance from UA Little rock and has trained extensively in modern and improvisational dance. He brings his well-loved improvisational dance classes to our offerings at Mt. Sequoyah and can also be seen performing alongside OBT!


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