Midland Festival Ballet is a non-profit ballet company founded by Judy Coleman in 1993 and composed of Permian Basin student dancers ages 11-18. Company members attend classes and rehearse an average of 20 hours per week, perform in Midland Festival Ballet's productions, participate in community outreach programming, and attend Regional Dance America/Southwest festivals. At its founding in 1993, Midland Festival Ballet became the resident company of Coleman Academy, in 2009 Midland Festival Ballet took full responsibility for the ballet school and it became a part of the non-profit organization. Midland Festival Ballet now presents two full-length ballet productions each season in addition to smaller outreach performances.
Company members have the opportunity to learn from world-class visiting teachers and choreographers that have included Amy Fote, Bobby Ball, Lee-Wei Chao, Yen Li-Chen, Jean-Paul Comelin, Andrea Comola, Rob Davidson, Anthony Ferro, Kevin Freeman, Katia Garza, Elizabeth Gillaspy, Kirt Hathaway, Karl von Rabeneau, Donna Ross, Valerie Robin, Matt Bruno, and Thom Clower among others. The Company also has the chance to perform with professional guest artists of the highest caliber and live orchestral accompaniment. MFB Company members often continue their training at prestigious summer intensive workshops including programs through Alonzo King LINES Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet School, and Orlando Ballet School among others.
Midland Festival Ballet believes that students are the future of ballet both on stage and off, and many Midland Festival Ballet alumni have gone on to dance professionally throughout the country.