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Our Mission

We are working to inspire the growth and diversity of ballet

about collage

Collage Dance was founded in 2006 in response to the ballet industry’s lack of racial diversity.  In 2009, Collage opened its dance conservatory to expand access to classical training to underserved communities. After nearly two decades of emotionally evocative performances to local and international audiences and cultivating a love of dance in thousands of students, Collage remains at the national forefront of inspiring the growth and diversity of ballet. Through the growth of our arts education programming, the enthusiastic reception of our company performances, and our diversity advocacy, Memphis is now home to a vibrant and growing Black dance community. In recognition of this work, Collage was recently named a “Southern Cultural Treasure” by SouthArts and the Ford Foundation.

One of the largest Black performing arts organizations in the South.

Collage has three core programs — a dance conservatory, serving more than 1,000 students weekly in classical ballet, jazz, tap, modern and West African dance; an international touring professional company comprised of 18 professional dance artists from all over the world; and the Continuum, a growing collection of adult classes and inclusive programming.

Collage Dance is a Black-led company with significant diversity at every level of the organization including governance, executive leadership, and performance. The growth and sustainability of this unique organization is vital to the future of Blacks in ballet.