2019 Nutcracker Preview                                             Video by Donald Smith

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

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.

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.

Enjoy our photos and videos from previous performances.

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



About Us

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...


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


2020-2021 Performances

Fall 2020 Virtual Concert - When Seasons Change...

Friday, Dec 18 thru Sunday, Dec 20, 2020

Re-released - Friday, Feb 5 thru Friday, Mar 26, 2021

Spring 2021 Virtual Concert - Carnival of the Animals
Stream from our website or Facebook page from:

Performance Program

Friday, March 26 at 7PM thru

Thursday, May 27 at midnight

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

featuring BAE's Peter and the Wolf

​Friday, May 28

More performance information...

mission statement

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

Ballet Arts Ensemble

2018 Rambling Road

Kalamazoo, MI 49008


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