Wizard of Oz 2024

WMYB proudly presents...

beautiful dancing, spectacular costumes & stunning scenery

The West Michigan Youth Ballet Creative Team has been hard at work transforming L. Frank Baum’s timeless classic story “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” into a breathtaking original ballet, where each Pirouette and Jeté brings the beloved characters to life in a magical display of grace and artistry. Follow Dorothy’s journey down the yellow brick road, accompanied by the Scarecrow, Tin Person, and Cowardly Lion, as they encounter the Wicked Witch and the whimsical Wizard himself. With stunning choreography and dazzling costumes, this original ballet is a spellbinding experience that will captivate audiences of all ages. Join us on a dance-filled adventure that transcends the boundaries of imagination and celebrates the power of friendship, courage, and the magic that lies within us all.
Grand Rapids

Forest Hills Fine Arts Center

600 Forest Hill Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

04/27/24 - 1:00pm

04/27/24 - 4:30PM

04/28/24 - 1:00PM

WMYB, hard at work….

The West Michigan Youth Ballet Creative Team consisting of Stephen Sanford (Artistic Director/Choreographer), Laura Berman (Choreographer), Heather Cassady (Head Costumer), Carola Gulick (Sets & Props) and Jay Batzner (Musical Compilation) have been hard at work designing an all-new original work based on L. Frank Baum’s book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. This Wizard of Oz project started over a year ago as the WMYB Board of Directors looked to broaden and enhance the organization’s spring offerings. While there are many full-length ballets in existence today, not many are appropriate for our cast and audience. By investing in creating an original work, we are able to tailor every aspect of the performance from the choreography to the music to the costumes to the messages given to the audience. Check out what our creative team has to say about the making of The Wizard of Oz….


Performances will last approximately one hour and forty-five minutes with a fifteen-minute intermission.

Theater doors will open 30 minutes prior to the performance.

This is a wonderful way to introduce ballet to your child or someone who has never experienced ballet before as well as those who already love the art.


Virtual Tickets

Join our characters on stage from the comfort of your home!

The Magic of Oz

See the Story of The Wizard of oz