Dance is a joyous celebration of life. Dance is mastery of the human body. Dance is a path of personal growth.
These are some of the guiding principals of Ballet On Wheels Dance School (BOW)--Memphis’ only non-profit, pre-professional, community-based classical ballet school and dance company. Students learn the fundamentals of dance while developing qualities that make for a successful and happy life: self-discipline, perseverance, creativity, and more.
In 2002, Ballet On Wheels was birthed six months after the untimely death of the Artistic Director’s mentor, Carlton Lee Johnson. Johnson’s dance legacy, inspiration and true commitment to quality instruction and performance flair is very much alive in the organizations current dance culture.
Perhaps our mission statement best sums up our goal: to develop and define art education and appreciation of classical ballet and other dance genres, through self discipline, creative expression and performance exposure, in young people of diverse backgrounds.
Most important, though, we make learning ballet fun, and celebrate the art of dance in its many forms.