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

Spring Concert 2019 Preview                                   Video by Donald Smith

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

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

Enjoy our photos and videos from previous performances.

2019-2020 Performances


Saturday, December 7 ● 2:00 & 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 8 ● 2:00 pm

Chenery Auditorium​

Tickets go on sale Monday October 28

Spring Concert 2020
March 7, 2020

WMU Shaw Theater

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

About Us

mission statement


Ballet Arts Ensemble

2018 Rambling Road

Kalamazoo, MI 49008

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

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.



brief history

Ballet Arts Ensemble © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 

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.

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