Welcome Friends!

We are Ballet Kalamazoo! 

At Ballet Kalamazoo,

you will find a dance studio filled with kind, friendly and welcoming dancers

and families.

Join us!

Photos of our dancers by Picking Photography


Ballet Kalamazoo is a youth ballet company in Downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan for dancers ages 3-17yrs. 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.

Dance friends

are the best friends!

Pre-Primary Ballet ages 3-4 Photo by Picking Photography

The Dancer Collective Dancers Photo by Picking Photography

It is time to for your


Join us as we study the art of ballet and train to be stronger than ever.

Registration will open on August 1st, 2020

for existing Ballet Kalamazoo Families. (Looking forward to welcoming you back!)

Registration will open on August 10th, 2020

for new Ballet Kalamazoo Families. (We can't wait to meet you!)

Please note: Ballet Kalamazoo will begin our Fifth Season virtually. 

A message from the Owner/Artistic Director, Amy Russell: 


To give you some background on this decision, I called the Governor's Office to learn if Ballet Kalamazoo

could reopen for in-studio classes. My understanding was we were still mandated to be closed during Phase 4.

I was informed that dance studios are in the same category as indoor gyms, fitness centers, exercise facilities, and exercise studios, and we are to be closed under the Executive Order. I asked if we could have under 10 dancers with appropriate social-distancing and sanitization?  The response was 0 people.  Therefore, if we were to open for in-studio classes we would be in violation of the Executive Order.

With this information, I am not comfortable with our scheduled February performance date for our next fairytale ballet of "The Beauty and the Beast." Ballet Kalamazoo families have put their trust in me and my staff, and we are working hard to do what is best for our dancers.  Presently, I am working on a new spring performance date, exploring outdoor venues and expanded indoor class space. 

For our 5th Season:

  • We will be limiting class sizes to 8 dancers.

  • Classes with larger class sizes will have 2 instructors. 

* This will enable our teachers to provide high quality, personalized training.  


When Michigan moves into Phase 5, and we are permitted to open, we will begin using a Hybrid Model for training. 

  • To ensure that every dancer has an opportunity to train in-studio safely, we will alternate classes between in studio and virtual. 

* For dancers who prefer to train from their homes, there will always be virtual classes available. 

I welcome your ideas to ensure Ballet Kalamazoo’s dancers rise to face the new reality brought about by this unprecedented, challenging time. 

Best wishes for a great Fifth Season with Ballet Kalamazoo!

Thank you for your partnership and support of Ballet Kalamazoo.

All my best,

Amy Russell

Please Email Amy at with any questions.


Ballet Kalamazoo

a studio to be yourself

a community of friends

a home to grow

a memory to make

a space to leap

a heart to shine

a place to 


Diversity en pointe

Hello Beautiful. We see you.


We are proud to introduce our Diversity En Pointe program which will create more opportunity, education, inclusiveness, master classes and scholarships.


Diversity En Pointe launches September 2020. More information coming soon!


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.

Please join us for our next Fairytale Ballet!




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! 


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! 

May 15th & 16th, 2021 | Comstock Community Auditorium

The Beauty and the Beast

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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!"



169 Portage Street

Studio 1

Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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