For over 50 years Peoria Ballet performances have delighted audiences with outstanding artistry,
beautiful costumes, excellent live music, and of course amazing dancing.
Our theaters may be closed, but our annual production of The Nutcracker will go on!
Pre-sale is now open for our Nutcracker 2020 digital performance of Vimeo. Kick off the season with Central Illinois’ favorite holiday tradition – presented this year for all to enjoy safely at home. Click The Nutcracker 2020 to access
Performance premier: November 28th at 7:00 pm.
Available through December 13, 2020.
Find information about Peoria Ballet Academy including Fall Semester Classes here!
Peoria Ballet has been awarded another grant in the amount of $3,000 from the Illinois Arts Council Agency! The grant was funded with Federal money provided by the National Endowment for the Arts through the CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund. Since April, we have been applying for grants and making every effort to secure funding from various sources to help replace revenue lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the National Endowment for the Arts for their ongoing support of Peoria Ballet's programming and productions!
This year's Academy Recital will be a virtual performance premiering via Vimeo on August 1st. Since the annual Academy Recital is so important to our students, parents, and teachers, we have devised a way for the show to go on! This unique approach will allow all of Peoria Ballet's students to participate and have closure on this year, while having the opportunity to perform in costume for a live (virtual) audience!
Peoria Ballet is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act! Out of 3,100 applications nationwide, Peoria Ballet is one of the 846 organizations chosen for funding. This grant will assist us in sustaining operations as we begin a new Academy year, especially since we have lost budgeted revenue from classes and our spring productions that were either postponed or presented for free via livestream video.
On June 15 Peoria Ballet reopened the studio for in-person classes while also continuing Zoom online instruction. We are excited to have students returning to the studio. At the current time to best protect our students, families, and faculty, we are limiting the number of classes and students in the studio and have implemented new safety procedures for all to follow. Peoria Ballet will continue to update safety procedures as new directives become available from relevant authorities including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Illinois. Peoria Ballet is committed to cleaning and disinfecting the studios, bathrooms, and lobby in compliance with CDC protocols.
Governor Pritzker has declared all public and private schools to be closed from March 17 - 30, thus Peoria Ballet will suspend classes during this time period. This applies to both classes and rehearsals for Cinderella. Although Governor Pritzker has established Tuesday as the starting day of this closure, we will begin our closure on Monday, March 16th in order to best protect our students, families, and faculty. We have also postponed the Cinderella Ball that was scheduled for this Sunday, March 15th.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment's second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to Peoria Ballet Company to support performances of The Nutcracker 2019 and accompanying educational activities. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for the round of grantmaking, and will award 977 grants in this category. "Organizations such as Peoria Ballet are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired," said NEA Acting Chairman Carter. "This funding will help us continue to present this holiday tradition to the central Illinois community. The Nutcracker exposes a wide and diverse demographic to the arts, while also providing a unique learning experience for the student performers. A further benefit is that the school performances engage childr...
May 29, 2019 at Five Points Washington at 6:30 pm. Tickets are now on sale at the ballet studio for the Academy Showcase. The ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students/children. You may get your tickets by calling 309-690-7990 or coming to the studio during business hours. You may also get tickets at the door on the night of the performance.
Peoria Ballet was named the winner of Peoria Journal Star’s “Best of the Best” competition in 2 categories ~ Best Dance Studio & Best Dance School! This is the second year in a row that Peoria Ballet has won these categories.
We are thrilled to announce that Peoria Ballet was awarded “Best Theater Production” for The Nutcracker! Many thanks to Peoria Magazine and everyone in our community that voted for us. Don’t miss The Nutcracker 2017 ~ December 9th & 10th at the Peoria Civic Center Theater with live music by Heartland Festival Orchestra!