Help us elevate ballet, making it more diverse and accessible for all.
Support our bold vision.
After presenting thirteen seasons of emotionally evocative performances to local and international audiences and cultivating a love of dance in thousands of students, Collage Dance remains at the national forefront of inspiring the growth and diversity of ballet. Collage Dance’s founders established the professional dance company in New York City in 2006 in response to the ballet industry’s lack of racial diversity on stage. In 2009, after moving to Memphis, Tennessee, Collage opened its dance conservatory to expand access to classical training to communities of color and prepare them for collegial and professional dance appointments. Collage’s roster of BIPOC professional dancers serve as role models and cultural ambassadors for the city of Memphis while Collage’s conservatory programs provide a multitude of ways for our community to engage with the fine arts.
Collage serves more than 1,000 young people each week through our conservatory and community engagement programs. More than 35% of our students are on scholarship and 100% of our students receive subsidized tuition. The average cost to train each student at Collage is $1,500 per year; however, our average annual tuition is only $900. This leaves a $600 gap per student that we must raise each year to provide our students with the rigorous training and transformative opportunities that have become a Collage trademark.
Thanks to passionate supporters and friends of Collage Dance, we have been instrumental in dramatically changing the landscape of dance in the American South, cultivating diverse dance students and enthusiastic dance patrons alike.
We believe in the power of ballet and its undeniable ability to transform lives. With your support this giving season, we can make our bold vision a reality.