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Ozark Ballet Theater's Mission

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

 
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List of Programs

  • Preschool, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced ballet classes

  • Sensory-friendly performances

  • Free class offers 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 performances

 
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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 Apprentice 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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More About Ozark Ballet Theater

Our goal is to establish programs which allow all members of the community to interact with professional classical ballet training in a healthy and constructive way.

We can offer 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.

We are also working to utilize our national network of professional dancers and teachers from extremely diverse backgrounds to offer workshops and camps to allow our students a safe, welcoming place to discover the historic and contemporary cultural impact of dance and music.

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.

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