Ballet Arkansas’ Emergence Combines Classical Ballet with Innovation and Movement

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, September 19, 2017 – Ballet Arkansas, the state’s renowned professional ballet company, takes the stage at Walton Arts Center Friday, Oct., 13, 2017 at 8 pm for the first performance in the 10x10 Arts Series.

Single tickets can be purchased for $10 plus applicable fees in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting 

Ballet Arkansas has become a driving force of artistic collaboration and a catalyst for the premiere of engaging new works. Started as a non-profit organization in 1978 based in Little Rock, the organization’s board of directors formed Ballet Arkansas Professional Dance Company in 2009. Each year the company has expanded its reach in the community and throughout the state, yet it has remained committed to providing excellent educational and performance experiences in a variety of settings. Members of The Ballet Arkansas Dance Company come from varied backgrounds and have unique capabilities in both dance instruction and performance.

The Ballet Arkansas performance of Emergence brings the depth and range of the company to the forefront. Highlighted within the program is the regional hit Under the Lights by Chris Stuart, set to the music of Johnny Cash. Also featured is the timeless Valse Fantaisie by George Balanchine and a world premiere by 2017 Winter Visions winner Mariana Oliveira.

As part of the 10x10 Arts Series in addition to the performance patrons are able to attend a pre-show creative conversation with award-winning choreographer Mariana Oliveira, led by Ballet Arkansas Artistic Director Michael Fothergill. Following the show, patrons and artists are also invited to attend an after party in the Walker Atrium and share their thoughts about the show with the popular Post-It® Note responses.

Walton Arts Center’s 10x10 Arts Series brings a variety of groundbreaking artists and awe-inspiring performances to Northwest Arkansas at a price that is right for the whole community. For more information, visit  

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to pay on average only 45% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit