Western Arkansas Ballet

a Dance School in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Western Arkansas Ballet (WAB), a nonprofit organization, was founded July 23, 1979, as the Fort Smith Civic Ballet and reorganized in August 1985, under the present logo and code of ethics. WAB Company utilizes dancers under contract for all productions, with dancers selected from open auditions. The Academy of Western Arkansas Ballet offers classes for company and non-company members in ballet, jazz and tap at the WAB studios in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Our Instructors currently teach over 150 students in the following curriculum: Creative Movement (ages 4-5); Ballet I (6–7); Ballet II (8 – 9); Ballet III (10 & up); Ballet IV (12 & up); Ballet V (13 & up); Ballet VI (14 & up); Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Pointe (by invitation only); Beginning Jazz (8–9) Intermediate Jazz (10 & up); Advanced Jazz (12 &d up); Modern (11 & up); Tap I (6–7); Tap II (8–9); Tap III (10 & up); and Athletic Conditioning for Boys. WAB received grant funding from the Arkansas Arts Council (AAC) to teach a creative movement class for four and five year olds at the Lincoln Childcare Center, a nonprofit organization designed to serve the low-income community and later when funding was discontinued absorbed the total cost of providing the lessons as part of its mission. WAB has also been dedicated to other outreach programs including summer programs at Girls, Inc. of Fort Smith, including yearly partnering a scholarship for at least one local girl.

Age Range

Ages 4 - Adult

Classes Offered

Classical Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Variation Class, Tap


Fall Registration Wednesday, August 21, 2013 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. You may also register by mail by filling out a Registration Request Form (on our website) and mailing it along with your $30 (per family) Registration Fee. Western Arkansas Ballet PO Box 10071 Fort Smith, AR 72917-0071 Not sure about which classes to Enroll? See waballet.org for Class Descriptions. Call (479) 785-0152 or email [email protected] for more information.

Performing Opportunities

During its 2013-2014 season, WAB will produce performances of The Nutcracker, a full-length Spring Ballet, and the Spring Dance Concert. The Nutcracker consists of both a public performance and one for area third graders. The "Meet the Artist” event, held immediately following one performance, allows children to meet the lead performers of The Nutcracker cast in costume. The Spring Dance Concert provides a window view of the discipline of the dance academy.


Nancy Wood Scholarship Fund Ray Moore Scholarship Fund Amanda Dooley Scholarship Fund

Business Hours

August - May Monday - Friday: 2:00pm - 9:00pm Saturday: For Rehearsals Only Sunday: For Rehearsals Only June - July Please call 479-785-0152

Summer Program

In June of 2013, WAB offered its 22nd annual summer dance workshop. This event is named the Lorraine Cranford Summer Dance Workshop (LCSDW) after the founder of Ballet Arkansas. LCSDW features a staff of professional instructors from across the nation, with teaching support from Arkansas. The workshop consists of over six hours of dance a day and concludes with a Demonstration Performance. Dance Camps are offered for ages 4 - 12.

Western Arkansas Ballet Performances