Alabama Ballet

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The Alabama Ballet is a ballet company in Alabama, United States.

The Alabama Ballet- Six Dances - Jiří Kylián


Prior to the establishment of Alabama Ballet, there were three smaller ballet companies in the state of Alabama: the Birmingham Civic Ballet, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Ballet and Ballet Alabama.[1] In 1981, dancers Sonia Arova and Thor Sutowski decided to start a bona fide ballet company in the state and created Alabama Ballet.[1] Fifteen years later, in 1996, Wes Chapman and Roger Van Fleteren became co-directors of the company.[1] Nearly a decade later, in 2005, Tracey Alvey became Ballet Mistress and, two years later, Artistic Director.[1][2] After Chapman left, Van Fleteren became Associate Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer.[2] Moreover, Leslie Fillmer serves as a music composer for the company.[2]

One of its annual performances is The Nutcracker as choreographed by George Balanchine (1904-1983).[2] Indeed, it is one of only six ballet companies in the world licensed to perform it.[2] The company has also performed choreographic renditions of Dracula and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.[2]

Since 1997, in conjunction with the Gorham Bluff's Institute, it has organized a summer residency in Gorham's Bluff, Alabama, overlooking the Tennessee River Valley.[3][4][5][6][7]

Additionally, the company runs a school for children ages 3 to 18.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Alabama Ballet: Our History". Archived from the original on 2014-07-05. Retrieved 2014-07-22.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Todd Keith, Insiders' Guide to Birmingham, Globe Pequot, 2011, pp. 92-93 [1]
  3. ^ Michael Huebner, Alabama Ballet retreats to Gorham's Bluff, The Birmingham News, August 09, 2010
  4. ^ Great Southern Gateaways, Atlanta, July 2007, p. 172
  5. ^ Michael Huebner, Alabama Ballet offers elegant retreat from city atop Gorham's Bluff, The Birmingham News, August 10, 2010
  6. ^ Alabama Ballet returns to Gorham's Bluff, The Gadsden Times, July 16, 2000
  7. ^ Alabama Ballet plans annual summer residency at Gorham's Bluff, The Gadsden Times, July 03, 2003