Peoria Ballet offers a variety of pre-professional ballet and dance programs. From classical ballet to jazz to modern
and tap, Peoria Ballet classes fit the aspirations and abilities of dancers of all ages.

For over 50 years Peoria Ballet performances have delighted audiences with outstanding artistry,
beautiful costumes, excellent live music, and of course amazing dancing.

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Illinois Arts Council Agency Grant

August 12, 2020

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!


Academy Recital

July 26, 2020

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!


National Endowment for the Arts Grant

July 24, 2020

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.


Studio Reopened for In-Person Classes

June 29, 2020

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.


Suspension of Classes March 16 - March 30

March 14, 2020

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.


Peoria Ballet to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

May 21, 2019

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...


Academy Showcase

May 4, 2019

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.


Alice in Wonderland and Paquita

March 1, 2019

April 5 at 7:00 pm and April 6 at 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm
Experience Lewis Carroll’s classic story transformed into a charming ballet. This family friendly adventure will transport you to a colorful fantasy world full of exhilarating fun! Plus, one of the ballet world's all time classics - Paquita. Opulent gold and white sets and costumes create a stunning backdrop for this magnificent ballet. This production is perfect for families and children of all ages.
Tickets are available starting March 2! Buy your tickets online or by calling Peoria Ballet at 309-690-7990 or visiting the studio at 809 W Detweiller Dr, Peoria. Meet and Greet - following the April 6th 1:30 pm performance. Children may get up close and personal with our our dancers and sit at the tea party table with Alice and her friends. Take pictures and chat with Alice and other cast members immediately followin...


Peoria Ballet Wins Journal Star 2018 “Best of the Best” Contest

June 1, 2018

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.


Peoria Ballet Wins Award for Best Theater Production – Nutcracker

August 1, 2017

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!

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