2017-2018 Season

We are excited to bring you a new season with familiar favorites such as The Nutcracker and Cinderella as well as new collaborations such as The Chronicles of Narnia with the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra and Compass will Ballet 5:8




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Michigan Ballet Academy is presenting the magical story of Cinderella, with original choreography by internationally renowned Artistic Director Nikoloz Makhateli.  Enjoy this wonderful tale of hope, love, and a magical fairy godmother who helps a young girl live “happily ever after.” Enjoy a stunning performance set to the wonderful music of Prokofiev at affordable prices for the entire family. Cinderella is a ballet that every family will love.

Saturday, April 28 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm     

Sunday, April 29 at 2:30 pm

Cinderella Tea, Sunday April 29 at 1:00 pm

Jenison Center for the Arts



The Chronicles of Narnia with the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra

Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm

St. Cecilia Music Center

MBA brings to life several Narnia characters in this live performance by the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday, October 27th, 7:30 pm at the St. Cecilia Music Center in downtown Grand Rapids. Tickets are $12.00 for Adults, $6.00 for Students & Seniors, and Children under 10 are Free.


Ballet 5:8 Compass

Ballet 5:8 Compass

Ballet 5:8 | Compass | Navigating Cultural Tension with Compassion

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Devos Center for Arts and Worship

Ballet 5:8’s “Compass” features four one-act ballets inspired by the challenges of navigating cultural tension in the present day. From an alien society to 1970’s Chicago, Compass stretches across time and space to explore some of our country’s most pressing topics. At times witty and satirical, and at times deeply emotional, Compass is full of athleticism, power and poetry. Audiences are invited to a post-show TalkBack panel discussion with Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slager and artists of the company.

MBA students will open with two contemporary pieces choreographed by Artistic Director, Nikoloz Mahkateli.


  • Tickets can be purchased online via the link below or by calling 312-725-4752.
  • Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and $15 for children 12 and under. 
  • Groups: adult tickets in groups of 10 or more are $22.


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The Nutcracker

Friday, December 1 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 2 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Sunday, December 3 at 2:30 pm

Nutcracker Tea on Sunday, December 3 at 1:00 pm

Jenison Center for the Arts

All are welcome to join in the excitement of this holiday season tradition. Filled with battling soldiers and mice, shimmering snow, sweet dancing treats, and of course, Clara and the Nutcracker Prince.

We are excited to have the Grand Rapids Women's Chorus and Girls Choral Academy join us to sing at each of the Nutcracker performances this year!