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The New Albany School of Ballet and Dance Arts the official school of the New Albany Ballet Company.

The New Albany Ballet Company is Non-Profit 501C3 organization and all contributions are tax deductible.

The New Albany Ballet is a youth oriented organization that provides dancers with
unique opportunities to study and dance with professional dancers from all over the U.S. and beyond. In fact, the company has sponsored six different guest artists since its inception in 2011.This gives us an avenue to build up a dance force that can support and sponsor professional companies and dancers to come to New Albany and augment our program, so that we can stage full length ballets such as: “ The Nutcracker”, “ Swan Lake”,  “ Cinderella” and others.
All company members are chosen through an audition process, with trained ballet professionals serving as judges.Students must re-audition yearly to maintain their place in the company and new members may also be added annually based upon space and ability level.The Company is broken into Junior and Senior Company levels with each level requiring a certain skill set to qualify.

Justine Ward Stewart, a native of New Albany, serves as director of the company. She received her early training with Sharon Long and danced with
the Tupelo Ballet for 9 years. Justine has also performed with Ballet Mississippi and has studied, and continues to train with various companies
and teachers such as,  David Howard(Royal Ballet), Anne Burton Avery(Atlanta Ballet), Linda Divin and Steven Mills( Ballet Austin), Finis Jhung(Joffrey Ballet) to name a few.  She has danced in over 14 productions of the Nutcracker where she performed various solo roles as well as many other ballets such as Cinderella, Coppelia, and Swan Lake.  She has also served as choreographer for multiple High School  band guard and majorette lines, show choirs and  musicals in Union, Pontotoc, Lee, and Marshall counties. She is very excited to be able to bring these opportunities to dancers in her own community with the hope of instilling a love of classical ballet as well as an appreciation for all of the arts.

The ballet company operates independently from the studio and therefore relies solely on the generosity of area businesses and community members as well as revenues from performances and eventually grants for the funding.

This is an expensive venture, as it is costly to buy costumes and backdrops needed to stage full length performances as well as the cost of the guest artists we need to bring in to help train the dancers and provide the male dance roles.

Thanks for your support. Please direct any questions to Justine Stewart at
662-539-6010 or 266-0500 or You may  mail donations to:

New Albany Ballet Company
216 South Denton Rd.
New Albany, MS 38652

 

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