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June 20, 2016

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April 6, 2016

Alabama Ballet Presents Coppélia and the Toymaker April 8-10

Birmingham, AL- Alabama Ballet will present Coppélia and the Toymaker April 8-10 at the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater on the campus of the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Coppélia and the Toymaker is a storybook ballet that takes the audience on a humorous journey of love and infatuation. It is a full length ballet about Dr. Coppelius, an inventor who has made a life-size dancing doll. The story follows the playful romance between Swanilde and Franz, and their relationship with the eccentric toymaker and his lifelike doll, Coppélia. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village youth, becomes infatuated with it and sets aside his true heart’s desire, Swanhilde. She shows him his folly by dressing as the doll, pretending to make it come to life.

Set to an uplifting score, Coppélia is a delightful ballet that was originally performed in 1870 at the Opera in Paris. Coppélia, due to its dazzling sets, elaborate costumes, and joyously funny script quickly became a favorite among groups of all ages. Today, Coppélia continues to entertain audiences of all generations with its enchanting charm. According to Artistic Director Tracey Alvey the ballet is “great fun to dance and perform and even more fun to watch”.

Coppélia and the Toymaker will be performed at the Dorothy Jemison Day Theater on the campus of the Alabama School of Fine Arts on April 8th, 9th, and 10th. Afternoon performances will be held on April 9th and 10th at 2:30 and evening performances will be held on April 8th and 9th at 7:30.

Tickets can be purchased through the Alabama Ballet office at 2726 1st Avenue South on weekdays from 9am to 5pm. Tickets can also be purchased through the Alabama Ballet website or by calling Ticket Biscuit at 205-202-8142. Prices range from $25-$45. Students with valid high school or college ID or current report card can purchase tickets for $20.

The Alabama Ballet is the state’s premiere professional dance company featuring 39 professional dancers.

March 25, 2016

Michael Fothergill to Judge International Dance Competition in Japan

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Birmingham, AL- Alabama Ballet Company Dancer Michael Fothergill, in his sixth season with Alabama Ballet, has been invited to judge the Hokkaido Ballet Competition, a dance competition in Sapporo, Japan April 1-3, 2016. Out of seven jury members, Fothergill will be the only American to judge the competition. Competitors from across the country travel to Sapporo for three days of intense competition to gain job offers, scholarships to international schools to further their training and more. The dancers compete with classical and contemporary ballet variations. Fothergill will be awarding scholarships for multiple U.S. schools including two to the Alabama Ballet’s 2016 Summer Intensive. Japan Ballet Association, who sponsors the event, is the governing body of ballet across the country and serves as a unifying organization between many academies and professional companies, as well as a facilitator for guest performers to enter the country and/or Japanese dancers to work their way abroad.

Fothergill will also be returning to Japan over the course of the summer to teach for the Japan Ballet Association’s Summer Intensive, an international summer course sponsored by the organization, in which multiple international teachers are brought in for a week to intensively train the dancers across the country who are accepted to the program. In addition, he will be creating a new work for the organization over the course of eight weeks this summer with Alabama Ballet Company Dancer Catherine Garratt. He will be the first American to choreograph at this level within Japan Ballet Association’s Hokkaido Branch.

Fothergill began his training in Ames, Iowa, at the Robert Thomas Dancenter, completing his study while a full-scholarship recipient to the Boston Ballet School and The School of American Ballet. Michael has performed within NYC and with New Jersey Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, Charleston Ballet Theatre, and extensively abroad. He has danced leads in much of the classical repertoire, and in numerous contemporary compositions. Michael’s choreographies have been performed throughout the USA and internationally. He has been going to Japan both as a dancer, choreographer, and guest instructor for 11 years now. After a long duration of performance, guest instruction and setting works across the country, he has finally worked his way into a more prominent position within the Japan Ballet Association’s ranks. Michael is thrilled to work at this level with the Japan Ballet Association, and honored to represent the Alabama Ballet in his endeavors overseas.

February 24, 2016

Alabama Ballet to Open Studio for March Second Tuesday

Birmingham, AL- The Alabama Ballet will present “Second Tuesday” on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, featuring highlights from the upcoming performance of Coppélia and the Toymaker running April 8th -10th at Dorothy Jemison Day Theater on the campus of the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

Prior to productions, Alabama Ballet opens the studio to the community to offer a sneak peak of the upcoming show! These “Second Tuesdays” feature a snippet from performances, Q&A with the artistic staff, a chance to meet and greet company dancers, and complimentary beverages (including wine).

The Alabama Ballet is the state’s premiere professional ballet company. The company consists of 27 professional dancers and 12 apprentices from all areas of the United States and abroad. The company has achieved national prominence as one of only eight ballet companies in the world permitted by the Balanchine Trust to perform George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. Alabama Ballet is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization committed to “Changing lives through dance” by promoting and fostering the development of classical and contemporary ballet through high-quality performances, dance education, and community outreach. Alabama Ballet’s outreach missions include City Dance, an inner-city dance outreach program that offers dance lessons to school-age children on-site at their schools, Second Tuesdays, student scholarships in the Alabama Ballet School, and free student matinees of elaborate productions.

Admission to Second Tuesday is free and open to the public. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the short performance begins at 6:30 p.m.

February 15, 2016

Local Beer to Benefit Alabama Ballet

Birmingham, AL-Good People Brewing Company, a Birmingham-based brewery, is supporting the Alabama Ballet Junior Board this week with their “Charity Beer of the Week”. The “Bearded Lady”, the chosen beer for supporting the organization, is described by Good People as a “light-bodied wheat ale marries a hint of hops with a whisker of tartness for a subtle citrus flavor”. Interested consumers should visit the establishment near Regions field on the south side of downtown Birmingham and order a Bearded Lady. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Alabama Ballet. The promotion is valid February 15-19, 2016.

Members of the Alabama Ballet Junior Board wish to take an active part in supporting and raising funds for the Alabama Ballet. It is the goal of the Junior Board to increase awareness of Alabama Ballet and make it more accessible to Birmingham’s young professional community. That effort includes creating fun and unique events surrounding the Ballet’s performances.

Alabama Ballet is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization committed to “Changing lives through dance by promoting and fostering the development of classical and contemporary ballet through high-quality performances, dance education, and community outreach.” Alabama Ballet’s outreach missions include City Dance, an inner-city dance outreach program that offers dance lessons to school-age children on-site at their schools, Second Tuesdays, student scholarships in the Alabama Ballet School, and free student matinees of elaborate productions.

January 27, 2016

Alabama Ballet Presents Summer Intensive Program, Summer Camps for Children

Birmingham, AL- The Alabama Ballet School offers summer workshops for dancers of all ages. All workshops take place at the Alabama Ballet Center for Dance in Birmingham.

Summer Program 2016 is four weeks of professional training from June 6- July 2 that culminates in a final performance. Dancers ages 11-20 are invited to take classes like ballet technique, pointe, variations, partnering, modern, jazz, hip hop and Pilates in our state-of-the-art facility. World-class faculty for 2016 includes Tracey Alvey, Alabama Ballet Artistic Director, Roger Van Fleteren, Alabama Ballet Associate Artistic Director, Wes Chapman, international teacher, coach, Répétiteur, and former ABT II Artistic Director, Shawn Black, former American Ballet Theatre soloist, Lindsey Sara Barber, Alabama Ballet School Performance Course Faculty, Brandon Ragland, Louisville Ballet company dancer and choreographer, Olivia Powell, Ballet Memphis company dancer, Mary Margaret Scalici, Birmingham-based Pilates and fitness instructor, and Donnette Cannonie, Chicago dancer, choreographer, and Hip Hop instructor. The Summer Program costs $625 per week with housing available for an additional charge. Auditions are available by mail and per request. Please contact Ballet School Administrator, Libba Owen, for audition information at libbaowen@alabamaballet.or or (205) 322-1874.

Junior Camp takes place from June 27 –July 8 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. It is a great opportunity for returning students ages 8-12 to stay in shape and prepare for the upcoming school year. For students new to the Alabama Ballet’s Royal Academy of Dance program, it’s the perfect way to preview the syllabus, make new friends and even get to meet some of the teachers. Parents and guests are invited to an end of camp performance on Friday, July 6. Junior Camp costs $285 for one week and $475 for two weeks. Junior camp participants should bring a sack lunch each day.

Tutus & Tiaras is the workshop for future ballerinas ages 4-7. There are two sessions: Monday, July 18-Friday, July 22, 2016, and Monday, July 25-Friday July 29, 2016 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Children decorate their own tutus, take beginning level dance classes, create scenery, learn a ballet story, and perform a dance inspired by that story. Parents and guests are invited to join us for a ballet performance at 1:00 each Friday. Tutus and Tiaras cost $250 per session. Participants also need to bring a sack lunch each day.

For more information about all Alabama Ballet summer workshops or to register your child, please contact school administrator Libba Owen at (205) 322-1874, or email her at libbaowen@alabamaballet.org. More information can also be found online at www.alabamaballet.org

January 13, 2016

Alabama Ballet Presents Don Quixote February 19-21

Birmingham, AL–(January 13, 2016) Alabama Ballet continues its 2015-2016 season with the fiery Don Quixote, February19-21, 2016. A story of love, comedy, and justice, this full length ballet bursts with passion and humor. With exuberant dancing and narrative detail, spectacular costumes and scenery, this classic will captivate families and all who love classical ballet. Here’s your chance to see a company that could be anywhere in the nation, but happens to be right here in Birmingham!
History has never been so beautiful and tantalizing! The lavish sets and visually titillating costumes reflect a 17th century Spanish flare true to the story of Don Quixote. This three-act ballet travels through a Spanish village, a gypsy camp, a tavern and a wedding celebration to bring the audience on a search for love and justice.

Cervantes 1740 version of Don Quixote was the inspiration for the balletic translation which focuses on the lighthearted and humorous aspects of the tale. The most familiar treatment comes from the 1869 Bolshoi production created by Marius Petipa, the father of ballet. Petipa’s Don Quixote is the original source of the grand pas de deux, a standard showcase piece for dancers. Alabama Ballet’s production of Don Quixote is influenced by Petipa’s with restaging by Associate Artistic Director, Roger Van Fleteren.

The ballet weaves two threads; the struggles of two lovers in a small Spanish town, and Don Quixote and his faithful companion Sancho Panza’s quest for justice. The third and final act culminates with brilliant, challenging dancing in the perfect wedding scene. This magnificent full-length, main stage production is sponsored by The Hugh Kaul Foundation and Betty F. Brice.

This lavish production will touch all with its story of true heroism, pageantry, and athleticism as it comes to the Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center on the campus of Samford University.

For tickets, call (205) 202-8142 ($25-$55) or visit www.alabamaballet.org
February 19, 2016 7:30 p.m.
February 20, 2016 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
February 21, 2016 2:30 p.m.

For more information visit www.alabamaballet.org

CONTACT: Mandy McDaniel
PR & Marketing Manager
205.322.9095
mandymcdaniel@alabamaballet.org

January 13, 2016

Alabama Ballet Presents Pointe Ball 2016 at The Club-
Sponsorships Available

Birmingham, AL-
On January 29, 2016, Alabama Ballet will host an evening of dinner and dancing at the sixteenth annual Pointe Ball at The Club. Proceeds from Pointe Ball, the organization’s largest special event fundraiser, make extensive education and scholarship programs possible. Gala Chairs for Pointe Ball 2016 are Nikki Still and Sarah Warburton, Corporate Chair is Krystal Drummond, and Honorary Chairs are Doctors Susan and Morgan Eiland.

The event begins with an intimate performance by Alabama Ballet’s professional company members in the Ball Room of The Club. Following the performance, guests along with Artistic Director Tracey Alvey and members from the company will enjoy a gourmet dinner with the amazing night views of Birmingham. As dessert is served, the 14 Karat Gold Dance Band takes the stage to provide fantastic music for guests to enjoy on the dance floor.

Tickets to Pointe Ball 2016 are $400 per person and $650 per couple. To purchase tickets, please call Carolyn Buck at 205.322.4300. For sponsorship information, contact Executive Director Melanie Mooney at 205.322.1259.

CONTACT: Mandy McDaniel
Marketing and Public Relations Director
205.322.9095
mandymcdaniel@alabamaballet.org

November 17, 2015

Alabama Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™

Birmingham, AL- Alabama Ballet, the state’s premier, professional ballet company, presents the holiday classic George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. The first public performance is Friday, December 11, with performances running through Sunday, December 20, at the Wright Center on the Samford University campus.

For tickets, call 205-202-8142 or visit AlabamaBallet.org.
Ticket prices start at $25. Group discounts are available.

Alabama Ballet remains one of only eight companies in the world licensed by The Balanchine Trust to perform this one-of-a kind holiday treat. Set to Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ features choreography by Mr. Balanchine, a man widely recognized as one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century, as well as opulent costumes and scenery built from the exacting specifications of New York City Ballet’s production. The performances include the company’s entire roster of 39 professional dancers in alternating roles and over 80 community cast members from the Alabama Ballet School and the “What makes our production different is the community cast,” says Artistic Director Tracey Alvey. “The kids audition in September and rehearse from October on to be able to perform with the company.

Balanchine choreographed this ballet for children, and I think that’s very apparent when you watch it. Much of the dancing, in the first act especially, revolves around the children. It’s not easy; they’re on stage for quite a while.” “And of course, The Nutcracker™ gives the professional company an opportunity to shine,” she goes on. “Many of the dancers know this choreography inside and out, and they get better every time they perform it. The Nutcracker is a tradition we look forward to every year.” The Title Sponsor of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ is Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.

CONTACT: Mandy McDaniel
PR & Marketing Manager
205.322.9095
mandymcdaniel@alabamaballet.org

August 20, 2015
Two Alabama Ballet Dancers Stand Out in NYC

Birmingham, AL- Alex Swader of Mount Olive and Eli Alford of Gardendale competed in the New York City Dance Alliance Finals in July. Both young men are dancers at the Alabama Ballet School.
Swader and Alford, both 15, competed for the title of National Teen Male Outstanding Dancer and both ultimately ranked in the top ten. Alford placed third in the competition.

Both young men also competed with The Dance Awards for the National Teen Best Male Dancer and again, ranked in the top ten. Alford placed first runner-up.

Swader has been a student at the Alabama Ballet School since 2012 and Alford since 2013. Both participated in the Alabama Ballet Summer Program. “We’re so proud that these two young men are students of the Alabama Ballet School,” said Alabama Ballet’s Artistic Director Tracey Alvey. “We look forward to their continued success,” Alvey continued.

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