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Ballet Arts Youth Ensemble
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The Ballet Arts Youth Ensemble, affectionately known as “BAYE,” is a group of dedicated dancers who want to broaden their dance horizons and gain pre-professional and performance experience. These young dancers work together in classes and rehearsals to prepare for multiple performances throughout the year, from their extra roles in The Nutcracker, to the BAYE Concert each spring, and gain valuable experience that can help to launch them towards a professional career in dance if they so choose.


BAYE members have many extra opportunities outside of normal technique classes. The main benefits are additional class time, the opportunity to be part of a group which provides foundational pre-professional dance experiences, and the chance to form friendships with other dancers who have similar goals.

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  • Dancers must be 9-18 years old.

  • Dancers must regularly attend all BAYE company classes and rehearsals.

  • Dancers must have good attendance in their other technique classes.

  • Dancers must receive a formal invitation to join for the 23-24 BAYE season.

  • Email if you are interested in being invited.


  • The Nutcracker and Spring Ballet

  • Défilé

  • BAYE Concert - March 16, 2023

  • Cathedral Dance Festival

    • BAYE Members attend the Festival, taking classes from guest artists and presenting choreography for adjudication, including works choreographed by fellow BAYE members

  • Edina Art Fair, Golden Valley Art Festival, and Dances at the Lakes

    • BAYE represents ABAA at these community events

  • Student Choreography Showcase

    • BAYE Members choreograph and perform in this in-studio showcase

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Becoming A Member

If you are interested in BAYE membership, we recommend that you contact the Director, Ashley Burkland:

Acceptance for the 23-24 season has been completed.We will be holding open auditions for the 24-25 BAYE season.

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