Please join Ballet Arts Ensemble in congratulating Cathleen Huling and Debra Norton for being honored with the Community Dance Advocacy Award!

2017 Community Dance Advocacy Award Winner – Debra Norton   READ MORE...

brief history

The mission of Ballet Arts Ensemble, Inc., of Kalamazoo (BAE), a youth ballet company, is to provide educational and performing opportunities for its members while perpetuating the art of dance with an emphasis in ballet.

mission statement

Enjoy our photos and videos from previous performances.

Ballet Arts Ensemble has been an important and creative part of the Kalamazoo performing arts community.

Ballet Arts Ensemble is privileged to perform in collaboration with various individual artists and...

Established in 1982 by Jerre James and Bette Joachimi, BAE is a nonprofit organization...




About Us

2021-2022 Performances

The Nutcracker

Accompanied by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, December 4 at 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, December 5 at 2:00 PM

Chenery Auditorium

Virtual Streaming December 11 - 19

Spring Concert

Saturday, March 19

Sunday, March 20

More performance information...


Ballet Arts Ensemble is a nonprofit, youth ballet company, established in 1982 by Jerre James and Bette Joachimi. With the retirement of Jerre James in 2001, ballet mistress Cathleen Huling became BAE's artistic director. And in the fall of 2014, former BAE member Erin Rafferty was selected as ballet mistress.


Ballet Arts Ensemble

2018 Rambling Road

Kalamazoo, MI 49008

2019 Nutcracker Preview                                             Video by Donald Smith

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2016 Community Dance Advocacy Award Winner – Cathleen Huling   READ MORE...