Now enrolling for in-studio ballet lessons for our 2021/2022 Season!

Be the next generation 

of ballet dancers

​Make your dream more than a wish by exploring your potential at Ballet Kalamazoo in our bright, sunny Downtown Kalamazoo ballet studios!

Be a part of first-class ballet training right here in Kalamazoo. 

We will continue to offer virtual options so you can connect to us wherever you are in the world.

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Welcome Friends

Ballet Kalamazoo is a youth ballet company in Downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. Ballet Kalamazoo focuses on teaching a high standard of classical ballet technique.

Together, we create a positive, fun and healthy atmosphere to learn dance. Ballet Kalamazoo's goal is to mentor young people of all ages to be beautiful dancers who are grounded with solid values and personal integrity.

Through our commitment to family-friendly programming, age appropriate costumes, and music, we provide an environment that will inspire and empower, leading to the consistent achievement of goals. 


Even the dream of dancing professionally is within your dancer’s reach!


After just a few classes, you will discover Ballet Kalamazoo truly delivers on our commitment to help our students discover their individual talents, propelling them forward to reach their fullest potential.

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We are excited to share that our Summer Programs are open for registering!


Ballet Intensives age 10-17yrs: Pointe, Allegro, Pirouette, and our first Dancer Collective Retreat!

Ballet Camps ages 4-6 & 7-9yrs: Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and The Little Mermaid.

Regular Ballet Classes ages 3yrs-10yrs: Sessions are 3 weeks on Mondays in June and July.

Registration is now open for our 2021/2022 Season of Dance! 

Please email Amy at with any questions on joining us for our 2021/2022 Season. We can't wait to meet you and your family!

We are pleased to announce we have added a second location on the Downtown Kalamazoo Mall! Please join us at 354 S Kalamazoo Mall and at The Station for in studio and virtual dance training. 

Save the Date for The Nutcracker Ballet!

Dec 18th & 19th, 2021 | Comstock Community Auditorium

Experience the beauty of ballet and the power of a great story. Through our art, Ballet Kalamazoo will lead your dancer on a journey through some of our most beloved stories.

But not the tired old stories you’ve seen over and over!


This year,  we will be creating our very own Nutcracker ballet inspired by the city of Kalamazoo. Instead of taking place in Germany, we will be weaving the traditional Nutcracker story through Kalamazoo's history and most loved places that make Kalamazoo such a special place to be. We already can imagine recreating the magic of Bronson Park on stage and the dancers strolling through Candy Cane Lane on the way to Clara's holiday party.


How do we do it?  Ballet Kalamazoo takes a classic tale and performs it with our own unique twist. It’s a wonderful collaboration as we listen to our dancers’ perspectives and truly see the story through their eyes. 


The result? Ballet Kalamazoo’s performances are a shared vision full of heart and connection.  Working as a team, we create performances that are modern and infinitely more magical. 


Don't walk, DANCE through this year! 

Diversity on pointe

Hello Beautiful. We see you.


Diversity En Pointe is a scholarship program to support young, aspiring dancers to transform their passion for dance into a REALITY. Through Diversity En Pointe, our goal is to create opportunity and accessibility to reach dancers that might not believe that dance classes are an option for them and their families.
All children should be empowered to follow their dreams, wherever those dreams take them. Diversity in dance makes our Arts community more beautiful, balanced and a true representation of our vibrant world. Let’s work together to make our world better and give children of all backgrounds equal footing in the wonderful world of dance!
Dance is for everyone and Diversity En Pointe makes that a reality.

Dance training for the more serious student


The Ballet Kalamazoo Conservatory provides the opportunity for the more serious and committed dancer ages 8+ to study classical ballet.


The Ballet Conservatory is designed to guide the dedicated student in achieving their goals as a ballet dancer.

With added class offerings and our new multi-class pricing joining the Ballet Kalamazoo Conservatory allows you to take studying ballet from a hobby to living your passion.

Get to know us!

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"Our oldest daughter began dancing with Amy Russell four years ago. I was looking for a studio that would teach technique in an age appropriate way without filling most of the class with games that did not support the training. Now, all three of my daughters (ages 8, 6, and 4) learn from Amy and I could not be more pleased with the training they receive. Amy treats each dancer, three years old through her oldest students, as full-of-potential ballerinas. Her classes are fun, but each activity is chosen wisely and supports the student in learning proper technique.

Above and beyond the excellent content and teaching, Amy sets a tone with her students to be encouragers of others, to support their fellow dancers, and to grow their hearts. I feel so grateful for my daughters to have her as a role model in their lives.

Ballet Kalamazoo events and productions are flawlessly tasteful and creative.  The recital format of performing a ballet as a company allows each dancer to shine and learn to contribute to a greater goal.

My daughters are all so different, and Amy (and the teachers she hires), brings out the best in each of them. I love that she has grown the company so that there are options for dancers who wish to be more serious and engage in more training, but that each dancer is so valued for the individual goals he or she has.  Each year, Ballet Kalamazoo grows in such positive directions and I am always excited to see what’s next!"