Cathleen Huling, Artistic Director



From  Megan Slayter, Department Chair                                                             January 26, 2016

Community Dance Advocacy Award Winner Announced – Cathleen Huling

Western Michigan University’s Department of Dance and Partners in Dance announce the recipient of this year’s Community Dance Advocacy Award—Cathleen Huling.  The award will be presented at a special reception prior to a performance of the WMU Department of Dance’s annual Winter Gala Dance Concert.

2016-2017 Performances

Hansel & Gretel
Saturday, November 12 ● 2 pm
Sunday, November 13 ● 2 pm
Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo

A Hansel & Gretel Tea follows each performance. Additional $5 ticket needed, limited seating.

Buy tickets online, in person or by calling 269.387.2300

Nutcracker "Sweets"
Sunday, December 11 ● 1:00, 2:30, and 4:00 pm
Ladies Library Association, Kalamazoo

Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 14, at Miller Auditorium

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.

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...




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Hansel & Gretel 2016 Preview                                   Video by Donald Smith

Ballet Arts Ensemble

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