Bristol Ballet’s mission is to educate students and the general public about dance as an art form through education about dance, including quality technique, artistry, production, and awareness of other art forms. Classes at Bristol Ballet focus on age appropriate technique, based on the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, both of which are recognized worldwide. Bristol Ballet's instructors are also certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and Progressing Contemporary Technique. The Discover Dance curriculum is used for preschool children. Children explore the use of body to produce proper posture and execution of steps in a logical, progressive syllabus that builds from the basics to advance levels over the course of many years. Partially funded by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, as well as local patrons and businesses Bristol Ballet produces the Nutcracker in December, Company School Show tours in early spring, and is spring student concert each year. Summer camps for children are offered, as well as summer intensive for intermediate Advanced dancers complete with master guest teachers. The Bristol Ballet is fortunate to have a talented and trained staff which includes two full time directors and 5 adjunct instructors.
Our instructors and directors host a variety of skills, talents, and experience that give our dancers a strong foundation in dance.