Alabama Ballet offers many unique and successful programs as a part of the company’s mission to promote and foster the development of classical and contemporary ballet through high quality performances, dance education, and community outreach. Bringing ballet to diverse populations in a variety of ways, Alabama Ballet strives to engage students of all ages and backgrounds in the performing arts experience through in-school programs, family events, and pre-professional training.
City Dance is an outreach program of the Alabama Ballet modeled after the Boston Ballet program of the same name-brings dance education into inner-city schools, providing underprivileged children with the opportunity to learn about all aspects of the art form.
Community Casts allow aspiring young dancers to audition for the opportunity to perform on-stage with the professional company. Darla Hoover, Répétiteur with The Balanchine Trust, casts 100 young dancers annually for George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® and trains them in the incomparable Balanchine tradition.
The Alabama Ballet is excited to offer FREE student tickets to our 2016 – 2017 Student Matinees due to the generosity of our education and outreach sponsors. School performances provide an opportunity for thousands of elementary and secondary school students to experience the full productions of Alabama Ballet. Each year, we host 5,000 students at our school performances of George Balanchine’sThe Nutcracker®, providing them with exposure to this choreographic masterpiece and holiday tradition at no charge. BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama sponsors our school performances.
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. Free admission. 6:30 p.m.
2016-2017 Second Tuesday Dates:
October 11th, 2016
November 8th, 2016
February 14th, 2017
March 14th, 2017
The Dance Discovery Workshops are designed for groups of 50 to 100 students in an assembly atmosphere, where company dancers engage children in the basic history of ballet, dance terms and techniques while performing brief excerpts of work that showcase the depth and variety of the ballet repertoire