School of Performing Arts



Our ballet instructors will teach little girls the art and technique of ballet. They will also learn what it means to be a daughter of the King by studying character traits that include grace, courage, joy, hope, and faith. This will be a fun and encouraging time each week as we seek to grow these girls in artistic excellence and biblical truth.

Each semester includes 15 weeks of lessons and a recital.

Students are asked to purchase the designated leotard and ballet shoes. The SPA office will provide new students with a link to purchase via Amazon at a total cost of $29.

Classes for Beginner or Intermediate Students

Monday Classes

Ages 4–5
3:00 pm–3:30 pm | $170

1st Grade
3:35 pm–4:05 pm | $170

2nd Grade
4:10 pm–4:40 pm | $170

3rd Grade
4:45 pm–5:15 pm | $170

Tuesday Classes

Ages 4–5
9:00 am–9:30 am | $170

Ages 4–5
3:30 pm–4:00 pm | $170

1st Grade
4:05 pm–4:35 pm | $170

2nd–4th Grade
4:40 pm–5:10 pm | $170

Classes for Intermediate Students Only

4th–5th Grade
Mondays, 5:20 pm–6:00 pm | $170

*Note: Class sizes are limited. Preference will be given to returning students, and remaining class spots will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Just because you register, it doesn’t mean you are guaranteed a spot in the class.


Avery Hand

From a very young age, Avery loved to dance and perform, and began ballet at the age of four. When she was eight, she joined Cambridge School of Ballet (now City Beautiful Ballet) in Orlando, Florida and participated in her very first Nutcracker. Avery danced with CSO Ballet for 10 years, training in ballet, pointe, tap, lyrical, and jazz. At age 12, she joined the Jr. Company and was honored to be a part of many memorable performance opportunities. Her favorite roles include Cinderella (Cinderella), Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker), Blue Bird Fairy (Sleeping Beauty), and Alice (Alice in Wonderland).

Avery studied at Liberty University where she was a part of Divine Call Dance, a college ministry group that seeks to share the joy of worshiping God through dance through community performances and outreach. Avery served as co-captain of DCD from 2018-2019.

In 2020, Avery moved to Memphis to join the Children’s Ministry at Bellevue. She currently helps direct the ministries of KidVue, KidVue Worship, and Camp Outrageous. Avery is so grateful to the Lord for allowing her these incredible opportunities to use her love of performing arts to help share Biblical truth with children. It is her deepest hope that through the ministry of Bellevue Ballet, young dancers will not only learn life lessons of grace, discipline, and teamwork, but most importantly that they would grow in their understanding of God’s love for them and His uniquely beautiful plan for their lives.

Gabby Gregory

Gabby began ballet lessons at the age of four and was classically trained at Ballet Memphis for nine years. She has performed in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and The Wizard of Oz at the Orpheum Theatre.

Gabby grew up taking violin lessons at Bellevue's School of Performing Arts and is now pursuing a career in music at the University of Memphis.

Gabby's dedication to music and passion for dance are often intertwined. Her desire is to provide young girls with a firm foundation of ballet training and teach them to glorify the Lord through dance. "Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes!" Psalm 150:4

Mary Claire Hamm

Mary Claire has lived in Memphis her whole life and was homeschooled through elementary, middle, and high school. She is a long time Bellevue member who began ballet at the early age of three. She began training at Ballet 5,6,7,8 in East Memphis and after finishing the early levels of dance, she continued her dance training at The Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center.

She received most of her training during ages nine through nineteen at Independent Presbyterian Church Ballet School. At IPC Ballet, she trained under a Christian based teaching technique that allowed each girl to learn to use their talents to dance for the Lord.

Her goal is to relay that same love of dance to each ballet dancer so they can discover their abilities to worship and praise the Lord through their movements.

Mary Claire is currently a sophomore at the University of Memphis and is studying to earn her degree in Early Childhood education in hopes to become a 1st grade teacher. She loves to spend her free time with her family, friends, and sorority sisters.