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The Nutcracker


The Nutcracker Kalamazoo 2023 Performances:


December 9th at 6:00 pm


December 10th at 2:00 pm


Comstock Community Auditorium 

 2107 N 26th St, Kalamazoo, MI 49048


Join us for our Kalamazoo-inspired Nutcracker and make a new holiday tradition

with your loved ones as we celebrate one of the most loved ballets!

Make your holidays magical by strolling through Kalamazoo’s renowned Candy Cane Lane, circa 1865. Follow Hattie’s magical journey with her Nutcracker Prince after her family’s first-holiday party at the Kalamazoo House Downtown Kalamazoo!

Ballet Kalamazoo and the Dancers of the Kalamazoo Youth Ballet are joined by Professional Guest Artists: Matthew Rusk

from the St. Louis Ballet as The Nutcracker Prince and Professional Freelance Artist from Rhode Island, Joseph VanHarn as Drosselmeyer.

Tickets are $15-$25

Children 1 and under are lap child seat

Tickets go on sale on September 14th at 1:00 pm


Ballet Kalamazoo's performances are family-friendly and little ones are encouraged to attend!


Founded in 2016, Ballet Kalamazoo is a youth ballet company in Downtown Kalamazoo, in southwest Michigan.  Our mission at Ballet Kalamazoo is to focus on teaching a high standard of classical ballet technique while creating a positive and healthy atmosphere of learning.  

Ballet Kalamazoo offers children's ballet classes beginning at age 3 and a pre-professional training program through our Ballet Conservatory for the more serious dancer. 

Our highly trained instructors are invested in the success of each dancer. Through our love for the art form, experience, and knowledge, Ballet Kalamazoo continues the enduring tradition of Classical Ballet.


Our goal is to honor and teach Classical Ballet while we collectively innovate to be more accessible and inclusive.

Ballet Kalamazoo dancers gain so much more than ballet technique!  Ballet Kalamazoo dancers are trained to be artists through goal-setting, dedication, and support of each dancer's individual dreams.


Together, we drive our students to discover they are capable of anything they set their hearts on in the pursuit of personal and artistic excellence. 

Join us in our journey to become the next generation of ballet dancers!




Ballet Classes

Classical ballet Lessons for 

ages 3-9yrs


Conservatory Ballet Training

Pre-Professional Training Program

ages 10-17yrs.

By audition only


Kalamazoo Youth Ballet

Ballet Kalamazoo's performance company for dancers ages 10-17.

By audition only


Ballet Performances

From The Nutcracker, Fairytale Ballets and the Ballet Classics


Youth America Grand Prix Training

Train to experience dancing in the prestigious ballet competition


Emerging Artist Mentorship Program

Apprentice Instructor Program and a platform to choreograph new works ages 18+


Private Lessons

Take your ballet training to the next level through focused, customized one-on-one lessons


Summer Program

Fairytale Ballet Camps,

3 week Ballet Classes, and Summer Intensives

Fall in love with ballet

Now enrolling for Fall 2023/2024 Season

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Photo from Snow White, 2023 by Black Tutu Squad, Becky Anderson


Save the date for Nutcracker Kalamazoo!
December 9th & 10th, 2023

Photo by Picking Photography, from Nutcracker Kalamazoo 2022



Little dancers tiptoeing on stage to perform in their very first ballet! How do they feel? Excited, hopeful, full of yearning for a future filled with dance, friendship and accomplishment.

It takes more than just grace to become an artist. The path to artistry takes courage and resolve. The artistic journey requires strength of character, focus and GRIT. Every plié, tendu, and pirouette pushes dancers to discover their unique gifts as they explore what they CAN accomplish.

Classic Ballet training prepares for success in anything your little dancers dream of doing.  At Ballet Kalamazoo, our dancers pursue excellence individually and as part of a team. From their first steps onstage to a triumphant curtain call, we encourage our dancers to achieve their personal bests by learning from others.

Imagine: The last note of music plays, and the dancers take their bows to the resounding applause of the sold-out audience. The little dancers catch their breaths and take it all in. They did it!

Make your dream more than a wish.

Become a dancer. 

Explore the possibilities by enrolling today in Classical Ballet training at Ballet Kalamazoo!

Enroll today to discover your dreams and dance! 


Join us for our 2023/2024 Season of Dance!


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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!"


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