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Our Summer Program is open for registering!

Immerse yourself in the world of ballet this summer while continuing to enhance your dance skills throughout the year with our exclusive programs!


Our lineup includes enchanting fairy tale ballet camps tailored for dancers between the ages of 3 and 6, intensive 3-week courses and convenient drop-in sessions that focus on refining ballet technique and enhancing your overall dance proficiency, elite master classes, and a prestigious Dancer Intensive scheduled for August that will thoroughly prepare you for your next season of dance.


This is your time to elevate your love for ballet and advance your dance capabilities – seize the opportunity this summer!


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 learning atmosphere.  

Ballet Kalamazoo prioritizes teaching an exceptional standard

of ballet technique by integrating the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum with the Proven Teaching Syllabus © of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

 We offer children's ballet classes beginning at age 3 and a pre-professional training program for dancers wishing to pursue  a career in dance through our Conservatory Ballet. 

We provide a welcoming and inclusive environment at our studio!


Our dancers and their families are supportive, friendly, and kind, providing a positive and enjoyable learning experience.

Our ultimate goal is to guide and mentor young individuals of all ages to become accomplished dancers with solid values and personal integrity.

Our devotion to the art of classical and contemporary ballet is reflected in our repertoire, which includes works such as The Nutcracker, as well as beloved fairytale ballets and collaborations with guest artists and choreographers. 


Our dancers are trained to be artists through goal-setting, dedication, and support of each dancer's dreams.


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

After just a few classes, you will discover that Ballet Kalamazoo truly delivers on our promise to help our students uncover their individual talents and propel them forward to reach their fullest potential. 

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

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Dance classes for kids in Kalamazoo

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ballet for kids kalamazoo

Ballet Classes

Classical ballet Lessons for 

ages 3-9yrs

Ballet Kalamazoo Conservatory Dancers

Conservatory Ballet Training

Pre-Professional Training Program

ages 10-17yrs.

By audition only

Kalamazoo Youth Ballet Company

Kalamazoo Youth Ballet

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

By audition only

Nutcracker Kalamazoo Ballet Performances

Ballet Performances

From The Nutcracker, Fairytale Ballets and the Ballet Classics

YAGP Ballet Training in Kalamazoo

Youth America Grand Prix Training

Train to experience dancing in the prestigious ballet competition

WMU Dance Department Student

Emerging Artist Mentorship Program

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

Private Ballet Dance Lessons

Private Lessons

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

Summer Intensive Kalamazoo

Summer Program

Fairytale Ballet Camps,

3 week Ballet Classes, and Summer Intensives


Nutcracker Kalamazoo Ballet

Create a new holiday tradition with your loved ones and experience the Kalamazoo-inspired Nutcracker!

Our story begins in the magic of Candy Cane Lane, a renowned holiday destination in Kalamazoo. Follow Hattie on her wondrous  journey through the Land of the Sweets, dancing with a cast of Michigan Snowflakes, White-Tailed Deer, Monarch Butterflies, Apple Blossom Flowers, Blue Moon Ice Cream, and the iconic Sugar Plum Fairy and her Nutcracker Prince.


This magical journey begins after Hattie's family's first holiday party at the historic Kalamazoo House, originally built by the Lilienfeld Family in 1878 and located in downtown Kalamazoo. Join us for a one-of-a-kind Nutcracker experience that will make your holidays unforgettable.

Performances are December 7th and 8th, 2024 at Comstock Community Auditorium

Presented by the Kalamazoo Youth Ballet with dancers of Ballet Kalamazoo and Professional Guest Artists

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Join us for our 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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