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

2020-2021 Performances

Fall 2020 Virtual Concert - Changing Seasons...

Stream from our website or Facebook page from: 

Friday, December 18 at 7:00 pm thru

Sunday, December 20 at Midnight

Re-released - Friday, February 5

Spring Concert 2021
Friday, March 26

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.


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

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


2019 Nutcracker Preview                                             Video by Donald Smith

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

Ballet Arts Ensemble

2018 Rambling Road

Kalamazoo, MI 49008

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