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Season 12 is both a reemergence and a metamorphosis – a nod to the past and an unapologetic look forward at how ballet can show up more inclusive and culturally relevant in our 21st century world. This season we celebrate the grand opening of our monumental new center for dance and culture and premiere bold new works that both pay homage to the rich legacy we are part of and provide a glimpse into the exciting future we are moving towards.

Homecoming 2021

Season 12 kicks off with Collage’s GRAND OPENING weekend – a Homecoming festival featuring first looks at the completed new dance center, performances from Collage’s professional company and youth ensemble, our Grand Opening Gala, a “Best of Memphis” dance concert and a world-class line up of entertainment. Details below:

6:30 - 9:30 PM


Featuring performances by Grammy-nominated singer Eric Benét, Cameron Bethany, Collage's international touring company, the acclaimed Collage Youth Ensemble and more!

This majestic evening at the all-new Andrea Louise Jenkins Center for Dance (formerly the Collage Dance Center) will also feature cuisine by Chefs Erling Jensen and Phillip Ashley.

Individual tickets are $150 per person and VIP tickets including a seated dinner are $225 per person.

PLEASE NOTE: All gala attendees will be required to show BOTH proof of vaccination plus present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event.

Testing will be available in partnership with ZüpMed at their Laurelwood location, Sept. 23rd and 24th, for $25 for your convenience. Simply mention Collage Dance Gala when making an appointment for the rapid test. Additionally, limited testing will be available on-site at Collage Dance on Friday, Sept. 24th from 5:15 – 6:15p. Guests who are not able to secure a negative test in advance of the event, from ZüpMed or elsewhere, are welcome to be tested on-site and should plan to arrive by 6 pm.

Additionally, masks will be required of all participants indoors during performances.

12:00 - 4:00 PM

The entire Memphis area community is invited to join us for a FREE and fun-filled day full of dance, food, and entertainment for the whole family!

Get to know Collage Dance, tour our brand-new space and enjoy food trucks, musical performances and the largest celebration of dance in the city of Memphis! Special performances by dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Memphis, Nashville Ballet, Memphis Grizz Girls, Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies, Collage Dance Collective and many more!

PLEASE NOTE: Community Day is free and open to the public. Masks are required and social distancing is strongly encouraged. Collage Dance is implementing strict safety protocols to ensure we can safely gather and celebrate together.


RISE, Collage’s trademark winter program, returns to the Cannon Center after a 2-year hiatus, bigger and bolder than ever before, featuring Ulysses Dove’s iconic work Vespers and Kevin Thomas’ iconic ballet Rise.

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This spring, we present the world-premiere of Kevin Thomas’ FIREBIRD live set in an enchanted South African jungle, complete with a mesmerizing new set design by Alex Woodward, lighting design by Wilburn Bonnell and costume design by Gabriela Moros Diaz.  Stravinsky’s powerful score is brought to life by artists of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

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Light the Dream

Our Center for dance and culture shines this holiday season thanks to the support of our amazing community. Join us for a festive evening of holiday carolers, holiday treats, a tree lighting ceremony, live entertainment including holiday music and dazzling window performances featuring our talented professional company artists and student dancers from the Collage Dance Conservatory.

Season 12 is made possible through generous support from:



Join us Sept. 25th, 12 – 4p for food trucks, tours, music and the largest celebration of dance with Collage Dance, Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem + more!



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