For 10 years, Collage Dance Collective has worked to inspire the growth of ballet. Collage Dance is one of the only professional ballet companies in the world with a roster of predominately-Black dancers and the Collage Ballet Conservatory trains more children of color in a classical art form than any other non-profit in the area. Inspired by the vision of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Kevin Thomas and Marcellus Harper created the company to increase access to outstanding ballet training, increase diversity on professional ballet stages and increase participation by people of color at ballet and other fine arts events.
Since its inception, Collage has trained over 3,000 students and awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships. The organization has grown tremendously since 2009 and Memphis ballet studios and ballet audiences are more diverse than ever before. We have the fastest growing ballet program in the region and house the largest ballet program for boys in the city.