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This year's Turning Pointe Gala is the hottest event in town! A rich celebration of dance, music, and regional cuisine, "Tango Rojo" turns up the heat. Live music, Argentine tango, and fine wines pair perfectly with decadent South American fare.  This year's event will be held at the Chenal Country Club on April 1, 2023 between the hours of 6:00 and 10:00 pm. The black-tie optional Gala is Ballet Arkansas's premier fundraising event, and your attendance/sponsorship supports world-class programs and performances that uplift, enrich, and inspire more than 40,000 Arkansans each year. Attendees will enjoy a cocktail reception and silent auction, a seated dinner with live auction, signature performances by the professional dancers of Ballet Arkansas, and dessert, dancing, and a moonlit farewell. We hope you'll join us for "Tango Rojo," a celebration of Ballet Arkansas's 44 wonderful years as a pillar of the Arkansas arts community. It will be an evening to remember. Tickets on sale September 1st.

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Over the last 44 years, Ballet Arkansas's world-class programs and performances have touched the lives of nearly half a million Arkansans - more than 40,000 each year. Ranked as one of the Top 100 Professional Ballet Companies in the USA, Ballet Arkansas reaches deep into communities across the state, presenting dynamic programming that brings Arkansans of all walks of life together to celebrate the power and beauty of the performing arts. Your support makes this possible. Make a donation today to ensure Ballet Arkansas will continue to thrive as a force of creativity and community in Arkansas, bringing joy to the masses in the process.

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$80,000 Goal


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Over the course of its 44 year history, Ballet Arkansas's world-class programming has touched the lives of nearly HALF-A-MILLION Arkansans. Ballet Arkansas's roots can be traced to the Little Rock Civic Ballet, founded in 1966 by Donald C. Cranford. The organization was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation in 1979 with a dream to become the region's foremost professional ballet company. In its early years under the direction of Lorraine Cranford, Ballet Arkansas presented performing greats such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, and Edward Villella, in addition to a number of internationally celebrated dance companies.


Each season, Ballet Arkansas presents a vibrant repertory of the classics, masterpieces of American dance, and original works by the world's most daring dance makers, reaching an audience of more than 40,000 per year. The organization's programming now reaches all 50 states and 24 countries. Under the visionary leadership of Michael and Catherine Fothergill, Ballet Arkansas's company of 15 dancers is ranked among the Top 100 Ballet Companies in America by the Dance Data Project.


A statewide leader in dance education, Ballet Arkansas provides children and adults of all backgrounds with exceptional training from a distinguished staff. Its interactive lecture demonstrations and community outreach initiatives reach more than 8,000 k-12 students per year, and more than 300 children participate in its annual Community Cast productions.


The organization is firmly committed to equity and inclusion and to bringing diverse populations together to experience the power and beauty of dance.

Event Details

April 1, 2023, 6:00 - 10:00pm

Chenal Country Club, 10 Chenal Club Bldvd, Little Rock, AR 72223

*Black-Tie Optional

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10 Chenal Club Blvd, Little Rock, AR 72223, USA

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