Dance In His Name

Psalm 149:3
“Let them praise His name in the dance: let them sing praises unto Him with the timbrel
and harp.”


In 2002, Ballet On Wheels (BOW) was birthed six months after the untimely death of the Artistic Director’s mentor, Carlton Lee Johnson. Johnson’s dance legacy, inspiration and true commitment to quality instruction and performance flair is very much alive in the organizations current dance culture.

Perhaps our mission statement best sums up our goal: to develop and define art education and appreciation of classical ballet and other dance genres, through self discipline, creative expression and performance exposure, in young people of diverse backgrounds.

BOW sponsors annual innovative dance projects and community service dance events throughout the city.  We also take our name literally, teaching classes in numerous schools and local youth organizations. Community service also figures prominently in the school’s curriculum.  We believe in developing all sides of students’ lives, and helping the less fortunate is one way to instill gratitude and appreciation for the blessings we have.

Most important, though, we make learning ballet fun, and celebrate the art of dance in its many forms. Governed by a professional board, Ballet On Wheels is a member of the National Dance Association, Tennessee Association of Dance and is an affiliate member of Arts Memphis.