Beauty and the Beast

Join our summer Intensive

June 2024

Join us for Summer Intensive and learn from professional dancers and instructors from around the world. We will be hosting two Summer Intensive weeks June 10-14 and June 17-21.

It is open to company members and non-members ages 9-18. Deadline to sign up is May 15. Learn more and register now!


Enriching the community

through classical ballet

Ballet Arts is a local non-profit that exists to provide youth with an opportunity to develop character, life skills, and independence through classical ballet. We strive to enrich the cultural life of the community through outstanding performances and outreach programs, including the longest running Nutcracker in the state of Tennessee.

Join us for our 2023-24 Season

The Nutcracker | December 8-10, 2023
Thank you for helping us break record ticket sales!

Beauty and the Beast | April 26-28, 2024
Thank you for supporting this tale as old as time!

We will have our 2024-25 dates out soon.

Questions? Call or text (731) 410-7123.


Caroline Purcell Meinert- Artistic Director of Ballet Arts 

Caroline Purcell Meinert is a Jackson native and a Ballet Arts alumna. From the young age of four years old Caroline began dancing, wanting to be trained in all forms of dance offered at Pat Brown School of Dance. She was trained in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, and musical theatre. She received other training with Joffery Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Orlando Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet, and the Radio City Rockettes. Wanting to immerse herself more in the art of dance, she attended the conservatory at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, where she received a bachelor of fine arts degree in dance performance and choreography in 2017.

While at UMKC Caroline was blessed to be a part of many professional opportunities as a dancer, such as her performance with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. Caroline has performed many lead roles in ​The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, Paquita, Dorothy in the Emerald City, Sweet Lips, Pas de Quatre, ​Deanna Hiett’s ​3 Play 4 Play, ​Madison Cannon’s ​And Then There Were Five, ​Ronald Tice’s ​Mata Hari, ​and many more​.

Caroline has continued her love for dance by performing professionally, choreographing, and teaching. As a teacher Caroline trained dancers and choreographed pieces for the Youth American Grand Prix. There, her contemporary choreography qualified for the finals in NYC.

Caroline is humbled and grateful to be named the Artistic Director of Ballet Arts where she can be a part of their legacy and look forward to strengthening the company for many years to come. 

Support Ballet Arts!

Ballet Arts, Inc. is a local non-profit 501(c)3 organization that depends greatly upon the generosity of the community not only through attending our performances, but also through sponsorships and donations. Please help fund future Ballet Arts’ performances in West Tennessee! Your dollars bring the joy of dance to thousands of adults and children each year. Your contribution is tax-deductible!  To make a donation, you may mail a check to: Ballet Arts Inc of Jackson, PO BOX 3751, Jackson, TN 38303, or give online