Western Arkansas Ballet Company is a group of students who have auditioned for our most elite group of dancers. These young people are at least 11 years of age and have at least three years of classical ballet training. This pre-professional program trains dancers to continue dancing after high school if they so desire.
Being a WAB Company member takes a lot of hard work, determination, and commitment to study, stretch, practice, and study some more. Company members are required to take up to five technique classes a week in addition to required rehearsals. A company member who does not attend all required events may be dismissed by the Board of Directors. The time involved in being a Company member usually involves sacrifices of the member’s time and social life and the parents’. Company can be a very rewarding experience if each member is dedicated and loyal to all classes and rehearsals. Dancers cast in the lead roles for all full-length ballets are chosen from our pre-professional company. Being a company member is not meant for every dancer of Western Arkansas Ballet.
Company members will perform at the following events this season: 36th Annual The Nutcracker, Regional Dance America/Southwest Festival, Spring Ballet, Dance Fusion, Spring Dance Concert, as well as other community events and fundraisers.
WAB II is a studio company for dancers, ages 9-12, who have the potential talent and drive to become Western Arkansas Ballet Company members in the future. These dancers take three 90-minute ballet technique classes per week (including one WAB II Company class), a modern dance class and a pre-pointe or pointe class for their level. These dancers are cast in WAB’s Nutcracker and the Spring Ballet without going through the audition process.
WAB II Company
Madley Jo Rogers