Summer Program

June 28, 2016




The Alabama Ballet Summer Program 2017 is a four-week intensive workshop for intermediate and advanced students ages 11–19. Students attend daily ballet technique, pointe and variations classes, as well as modern dance, jazz and hip-hop classes and seminars on topics important to the developing dancer. In addition, rehearsals for the Workshop Performance are scheduled as needed.

Now Offering: Dorm Housing for our Summer Program 2017 for $525/week



Classes are carefully graded by technical ability and physical strength. Students are placed into levels by a placement class on the first day of the program, Monday, June 5. The curriculum for each level is created to be the most advantageous to each student at his or her own stage of development. The emphasis of the program is placed on ballet, but supplementary classes in pointe, variations, jazz, modern, and hip hop are included. All students participate in rehearsals for the Workshop Performance in addition to scheduled classes.


Summer Program 2017 is held in the Alabama Ballet’s facility located in the Lakeview district of Birmingham, Alabama. The air-conditioned building boasts six large studios, each with high ceilings and sprung dance floors. Centrally located and just minutes from downtown, the facility is adjacent to the Dr. Pepper Place complex with its numerous shops and generous open space for picnics and relaxing.


Birmingham offers a wealth of cultural activities. Planned outings are scheduled to such sites as the historic Alabama Theatre, Alabama Adventure as well as shopping excursions to the Summit and Colonial Brookwood Village. Day students are welcome and are encouraged to meet the dorm students at each of these places.


Tuition for all students is $525 per week. A discount of $100 is given to those students staying all 4 weeks. This amount covers all classes, seminars, and activities occurring on the premises of the Alabama Ballet Center for Dance. A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 (due March 4th) is credited towards this amount. Complete payment of tuition and fees must be received by May 1, 2017.


The program is under the supervision of Alabama Ballet’s Artistic Director, Tracey Alvey, and classes are taught by the Alabama Ballet Artistic Staff, School Faculty and renowned guest instructors and artists from around the world.
Summer Program instructors include:

Tracey Alvey, Alabama Ballet Artistic Director

Roger Van Fleteren, Alabama Ballet Associate Artistic Director

Wes Chapman, Alabama School of Fine Arts Dance Chairman, Former ABT Principal

Shawn Black, Alabama Native and Former ABT Soloist

Donnette Cannonie, Chicago Dancer, Choreographer, and Hip Hop instructor

Brandon Ragland, Louisville Ballet Company Dancer and Choreographer

Olivia Powell, Ballet Memphis Company Dancer

Mary Margaret Scalici, Birmingham Based Pilates and Fitness Instructor



The Alabama Ballet believes that performing is an important part of the intermediate and advanced students development as a dancer. The Summer Program Performance offers all students the opportunity to rehearse and perform a piece of repertory under the guidance of the Summer Program faculty. The performance is held on Saturday, July 1st at 12:00 pm in the informal space of the main studio at the Alabama Ballet Center for Dance. Parents and friends are invited to attend. Limited scholarships and financial aid are available to outstanding applicants. Financial aid information available on request.


The Alabama Ballet invites intermediate and advanced ballet students, ages 11–19, to audition for an incredible four-week summer program at our ballet facility, featuring six state-of-the-art studios in Birmingham, Alabama. An exceptional faculty of resident and guest teachers provide caring and careful instruction to further each young dancer’s technical and artistic progress. Daily technique, pointe and variations classes are supplemented by informational seminars on topics important to the young dancer. The program culminates in an end of session performance.

Alabama Ballet Center for Dance                                                   Birmingham, AL

January 21, 2017 in Birmingham, AL

Registration begins at 12:30 Audition Class 1:00-2:30pm

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre                                                             Atlanta, GA

January 14th, 2017 in Atlanta, GA
Registration begins at 10am
Audition Class 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Mobile Ballet                                                                            Mobile, AL

February 4th, 2017
Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.
Audition Class 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Tupelo Ballet                                                                            Tupelo, MS

February 11th, 2017
Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.
Audition Class 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.


  • Please bring a $20 audition fee.• Females wear black leotard, pink tights. Bring pointe shoes.• Males wear white t-shirt or leotard, black tights.• Bring a full-body photograph of yourself in first arabesque in dance clothing (no skirts please) and headshot.• A good quality photocopy is acceptable.


For those who cannot attend the audition, we accept a video. It should be a maximum length of 5 minutes of work in ballet class, no barre work. Students 15 and over should include a classical variation on pointe if applicable. Video auditions must be postmarked on or before Feb 25, 2017.

• Request a brochure/audition form.

• Send $25 check for the audition fee.

• Send full-body photo in first arabesque (no skirts please) and headshot.


Alabama Ballet School
2726 1st Avenue South,
Birmingham, AL 35233

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