The Collage Dance Conservatory offers ballet programs for dancers ages 4 to 18 and a creative movement program for dancers ages 2-4. Each ballet program is 40 weeks long and runs from September through June. There are two semesters of Creative Movement, September – December and February – June.

Please complete the below prospective student form or call (901) 800-1873 to begin the pre-registration process for the 2021-22 term.


Creative Movement — Exploratory Movement for ages 2 – 3

Saturdays, 10 – 10:45 AM or 11 – 11:45 AM

Creative Movement is a joyful way for children to explore movement, channel energy, stimulate imagination, promote creativity and embrace discipline. Numerous creative movement exercises will be used to help the young student explore the four basic body movements: bending, stretching, turning and jumping. Through these four basic movements, children will learn about their bodies, the space around them, and working together as a group. Creative Movement will introduce the young student to French vocabulary and will prepare the student for the Petit Pas program.

Petit Pas (Tiny Steps) — Beginner Ballet for ages 4 – 6

Petit Pas I: Fridays, 5 – 6 PM or Saturdays, 9 – 10 AM or 1 – 2 PM
Petit Pas II: Fridays, 5 – 6 PM or Saturdays, 10:15 – 11:15 AM
Petit Pas III: Saturdays, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

In this introductory ballet program, the young student will learn musicality to a range of classical and contemporary music compositions. The program will acquaint students with the French language and introduce them to classical ballet concepts. The student will develop body coordination while learning to dance with a group. In Petit Pas I, various creative movement exercises will be used to encourage the student’s ability to express their individuality within the discipline of classical ballet. In Petit Pas II & III students will be introduced to the concepts of turnout and proper dorsal alignment.

Tarantella (Youthful Energy) — Beginner and Intermediate Ballet for ages 7 – 9

Tar I: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5 – 6:30 PM
Tar II: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5 – 6:30 PM

In this highly energetic program the young student will learn and master basic ballet positions through a curriculum that utilizes the Vaganova and Maggie Black ballet techniques. Emphasis will be placed on perfecting the proper body alignment required for advanced ballet instruction. Students will learn stretching exercises to encourage healthy mobility of the joints, tendons and muscles. The student will continue to grow their French vocabulary and will progress to learn a complete ballet barre and center work.


Élevé (To Rise) — Ballet for ages 9 – 18

Élevé I: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5 – 6:30 PM
Élevé II: Tuesdays & Thursday, 6:45 – 8:15 PM

Comprehensive ballet training in a supportive, nurturing environment. Ideal for multi-talented students who show interest and passion for dance. Designed for students who need additional support and preparation for pointe work. Rigorous training at a tempered pace. Students take 2 ballet classes per week.

Étude (To Study) — Ballet for ages 9 – 18

Etude I: Mondays, 5 – 7:30 PM, Wednesdays, 5 – 7:30 PM & Thursday, 6:30 – 8 PM
Etude II: Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6:45 – 8:30 PM
Etude III: Mondays – Thursdays, 6:45 – 8:30 PM

Comprehensive ballet training for students committed to classical ballet study. Ideal for talented students ready for pointe work and committed to the study of classical ballet. Rigorous training at a moderate pace. Students take at least 3 ballet classes per week plus a pointe class.

Professional Division –Ballet for ages 9 – 12

Mondays, 5 – 7:00 PM, Tuesdays, 5 – 7:30 PM, Wednesdays, 5 – 7:00 PM , Thursdays, 5 – 6:30 PM

Comprehensive ballet training for talented, dedicated students aspiring for a professional career in ballet/dance. Students are selected through audition or by Artistic Director. Students take at least 4 ballet classes per week, one pointe class and associated technique classes (i.e. variations, partnering, conditioning, nutrition, etc.). Audition required for acceptance into professional division.


Tap — Beginner and Intermediate Tap for ages 7+

Tap I: Saturdays, 1 – 2 PM
Tap II: Saturdays, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Tap III: Saturdays, 9 – 10 AM
Tap IV: Saturdays, 10:15 – 11:15 AM

In this high-energy tap program, students will learn the fundamentals of rhythm tap. Students will learn tap terminology and short combinations to prepare them for intermediate and advanced study. The program will focus on strengthening each student’s musicality, rhythm, timing, speed and coordination. Students will learn how to hear and interpret music in a more advanced way through combinations that employ syncopation and dynamics. Students will also learn the history of tap, one of the oldest American forms of dance that dates back to the mid-1800s and has significant roots in the African American experience.

Street Jazz for ages 7+

Street Jazz Junior: Saturdays, 3:45 – 4:45 PM
Street Jazz Senior: Saturdays, 2:30 – 3:30 PM

An exciting blend of modern and contemporary movements with both classical and hip-hop influences. This class introduces a series of turns, leaps and syncopated rhythms designed to challenge and expand the dancer’s mind and body.

West African for ages 7+

West African Junior: Saturdays, 2:30 – 3:30 PM
West African Senior: Saturdays, 3:45 – 4:45 PM

In this highly engaging West African Dance Program, young dancers will take an imaginative journey to the motherland, embracing the essence of the West African culture as they develop skills in creative movement and various dance techniques of Mali, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire, to the rhythms and beats of “live” African drums. Students will learn and appreciate aspects of the West African culture, its history, traditions, languages, and its diverse forms of dance and artistic expressions.

Open Teen Beginner Ballet for ages 12+

Saturdays, 12:30 – 2 PM

Open ballet class for dancers with little or no previous ballet training. Students will learn ballet fundamentals, the positions of the legs and feet and proper ballet terminology. Ideal for older beginners not ready for a formal ballet training program

Open Teen Intermediate Ballet for ages 12+

Wednesdays, 6:45 – 8:15 PM

Open ballet class for dancers with a solid understanding of ballet fundamentals. Class will move at a faster pace with more advanced barre and center exercises. Ideal for dancers with previous ballet training unable to commit to a formal ballet training program. Also ideal for actors, gymnasts and athletes looking to strengthen their alignment, strength, coordination, and agility.

Calendar & Important Dates

First Day of Classes Monday, September 14, 2020
Last Day of Classes Friday, June 4, 2021
Student Concert Sunday, June 6, 2021

*** Please note that schedule is subject to change and without notice


505 Tillman Street
Memphis TN 38112
Phone: (901) 800-1873


What is the difference between the levels?

The major difference is hours of training and commitment required of the student. The Élevé program is designed to give students additional support and training to begin pointe work. The Étude program is structured for dancers ready for pointe work. And the professional division is designed for students who want to pursue ballet professionally. While the pacing will vary based on the frequency of classes, the pedagogy and curriculums across programs is similar. The expectations around technique standards are identical. Rather than a one size fits all model, Collage aims to provide programming that better serve the diverse aspirations, learning styles, body types and talents of our growing student body.

Please note that over time, additional levels will be added to each program (For example, in 2025 there may be 5 levels of Professional Development). Because the Professional Division is a new program, we are beginning with just one level. Students in this program were selected from the Tarantella 3 program only. Older current students and students in the Étude program were not candidates. Moving forward, students from Tarantella 2 will feed into either Élevé 1, Étude 1 or Professional Division 1.

Will my child be able to take pointe in the Élevé program?

Pointe instruction begins in Élevé III or when a student is ready to safely begin working on pointe. Ankle flexibility, leg/calf strength and core strength will all be evaluated and recommendation for pointe will begin in upper levels of Élevé.

Can a student move between programs?

Yes. As students mature, there level of commitment to ballet study may change. Students can move from one program to another at the discretion of the Artistic Director in concert with the dancer’s teacher and parents.

How does Collage determine which child is placed in which program?

Body conditions, commitment, attendance, passion for ballet, learning style, temperament, emotional maturity, technical execution, comprehension, and focus. Other factors such as family capacity, student desire, etc. are considered and discussed. Students are observed and evaluated over the course of the year and placement decisions are finalized in April.

What if my child does not want to take ballet formally at all or feels like she/he has hit a wall and is not progressing?

Ballet is an important technique for ALL dance students regardless of their natural talent or potential. Ballet training improves posture, core strength, coordination, skeletal alignment, muscle strength and discipline. These are wonderful attributes that help students in the studio in other genres (such as tap and jazz) and outside of the studio in their school and daily lives. This year we are proud to offer open teen beginner and intermediate ballet classes for dancers 12 and up. Students can take ballet once a week via this drop-in program. These classes are perfect to derive the benefits of ballet training without the commitment of a formal training program. We encourage all young dancers to incorporate ballet training, at some level, in their routine.

Does Collage offer scholarships to attend the Collage Ballet Conservatory?

Yes, Collage offers financial and merit-based scholarships on an as needed basis. To express your interest in receiving a scholarship for your student please email

Can a dancer be enrolled after the semester has begun?

A dancer can enroll after the start of the term if they meet the necessary prerequisite requirements and space is available in the class. Please note that tuition is not prorated in instances where a dancer begins after the term begins. In the rare instance of a mid-year transfer from another training program, tuition may be prorated at the discretion of the School Director.

Is the fall programming going to be virtual or in person?

Collage is closely monitoring and committed to following the recommendations provided by the CDC for the reopening of schools. We are making the necessary updates to our safety guidelines to ensure we maintain a healthy environment for our students and staff. We will provide an overview of our safety measures to parents/guardians of registered students in the Collage Dance Conservatory via email in advance of the school reopening.

What is the refund policy?

Taking into consideration the evolving recommendations provided by the CDC, Collage has opted to relax our refund policy to be mindful of community concerns as they relate to the safety of students participating within our programming. Should you desire a refund, please email to discuss your options.