It is through our educational, outreach, and community engagement programming that students learn not only the technique of dance, but also the value of creativity, discipline, and commitment, emerging as young adults who embrace the reward of a focused passion and creating with their community.
It is through our performances that we enhance the cultural vibrancy of West Texas by engaging with our community, inspiring new levels of imagination, and creating memories for generations.
Art Speaks Truth.
Art Creates Meaning.
Art Builds Community.
Art Transforms Lives.
We want to bring the power of art to all people of the South Plains.
Mission: Ballet Lubbock changes lives. As a pre-professional dance school, we enhance our community through premier dance training, performances, and outreach.
Vision: We envision an inclusive community transformed by art, embracing dance as an enriching and integral part of life.
Founded in 1969 by Suzanne Aker, Ballet Lubbock is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to bettering our community through dance.
We truly believe art transforms lives and, at Ballet Lubbock, we aim to do so through the three main pillars of programming: The School, Performances, and Community Outreach and Engagement.
Through a school-wide curriculum structured through 11 levels, over 50 classical ballet classes are offered August through May for ages three through adult. In addition to regular classes, Ballet Lubbock heavily invests in guest teachers and masterclasses, offered free of charge to advanced students. Ballet Lubbock also offers a series of Summer Workshops in June of each year, providing a summer intensive experience for students age three and up, and offers drop-in ballet classes for advanced students year-round. Ballet Lubbock aggressively invests in the continual improvement of our instructors and curriculum, as they are the foundation of all that we do. Regular teacher workshops, meetings, instructor evaluations, and superior parent communication are pivotal in our efforts to provide the greatest dance education possible.
The Ballet Lubbock Company was formed with the goal to present quality ballet performances for the local community and provide advanced ballet students with the opportunity to prepare for a career in dance. This pre-professional Company performs all season long in a variety of capacities, from the Ballet’s season productions to community and charitable events throughout the South Plains region. Each December the Ballet presents The Nutcracker, a beloved holiday production that attracts audiences of all ages. Each April, a Spring Performance takes place, and alternates between standard “story book” ballet repertoire, such as Cinderella (2012), Coppelia (2014), and Snow White (2016), and works of mixed repertoire such as Music In Motion (2013) a collaboration with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Pointe (2015) a collaboration with the Texas Tech University Percussion Ensembles, and Click (2017) Ballet Lubbock’s original evening-length musical commission featuring local producers, musicians, and artists. An annual School Performance is held every May giving ballet students the opportunity to perform at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre.
We passionately seek to make our programs known and available to all citizens of the South Plains. Ballet Lubbock offers free weekly dance classes in 16 elementary schools across 6 school districts through partnerships with Communities in Schools, brings ballet bedside every Tuesday and Thursday to Covenant Children’s Hospital, grants more than $45,000 in tuition assistance each year, sponsors specialized classes for students with autism and Down syndrome, hosts special performances for LISD and area schools, and donates more than 4,000 performance tickets to our neighbors who otherwise may never see the beauty of live dance. We work every day to be a relevant and integral part of the greater Lubbock area’s cultural community.
At Ballet Lubbock, we strive to inspire our community through accessible dance education and performance of the highest artistic caliber. Thanks to the support of our generous sponsors and donors, we’re able to provide free outreach performances to the Lubbock community to expose as many people to our favorite art-form– dance—as possible. Each year we offer special performances of The Nutcracker and our Spring Performance for children and special needs adults who would normally not be able to attend a ballet with a live orchestra. It is a truly priceless experience—in every sense of the word—for all those involved.
To ensure that all possible interested groups have access to information and tickets, a letter is sent to area organizations reaching as far as 160 miles away; the list of area agencies that participate in this favorite event grows each year. In recent years, we’ve had the great pleasure of diversifying our audiences by growing our reach which includes but is not limited to Buckner’s Children’s Home, StarCare, home school groups, church groups, Women’s and Children’s Protective Services, Texas Boys Ranch, Lubbock area elementary groups, Senior Living Centers, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, and Children’s Foster groups. Through our Outreach Performances, we hope to inspire an interest in dance that will grow into further dance classes at Ballet Lubbock, and a lifetime of appreciation for the performing arts.
By exposing our community to the world of dance we seek to foster an environment where education can flourish through art, and lives can be enriched with culture.