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Huntsville Ballet gets "Unplugged" for season opener
By Pat Ammons, AL.com

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Huntsville Ballet Company has what Phillip Otto calls an “ambitious” season in store...The company will begin its three-show season on Oct. 25 with four performances of “Unplugged,” which includes new ballets choreographed by Otto and others. Some of the company’s dancers gave a preview of a few of the pieces recently, including the ethereal “Ave Maria,” danced by Catherine Hampton as a kind of guardian angel to dancer Kalie Jamieson.

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Congratulations to our Huntsville Ballet Company for the following nominations for the Wings Awards:

FEMALE DANCER in an EXTENDED PIECE

      Abby Callahan in ‘Eyes On Fire,’ Unplugged, Huntsville Ballet Company

      Abby Callahan as Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Huntsville Ballet Company

      Catherine Hampton in ‘Eyes On Fire,’ Unplugged, Huntsville Ballet Company

MALE DANCER in an EXTENDED PIECE

      Mark David Bloodgood in ‘Balanchine Tribute,’ Billy the Kid, Huntsville Ballet Company

      Mark David Bloodgood as Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Huntsville Ballet Company

      Mark David Bloodgood as Pat Garrett in Billy the Kid, Huntsville Ballet Company

      Jonathyn Carey as Sugar Plum Cavalier in Nutcracker: A Yuletide Ballet, Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre

      Kagen Morring in ‘Eyes On Fire,’ Unplugged, Huntsville Ballet Company

FEMALE DANCER in a SHORT PIECE

      Abby Callahan as Madame Butterfly in ‘The Inspiration Exhibit,’ Unplugged, Huntsville Ballet Company

      Abby Callahan in ‘Man I Love’ in ‘Balanchine Tribute,’ Billy the Kid, Huntsville Ballet Company

      Jessie Garrison in ‘Stairway’ in ‘Balanchine Tribute,’ Billy the Kid, Huntsville Ballet Company

      Morgan George as Orchid in Nutcracker: A Yuletide Ballet, Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre

      Zoe Hakonsson in ‘Who Cares’ in ‘Balanchine Tribute,’ Billy the Kid, Huntsville Ballet Company

MALE DANCER in a SHORT PIECE

      Mark David Bloodgood in Madame Butterfly in ‘The Inspiration Exhibit,’ Unplugged,

            Huntsville Ballet Company

      Matthew Hales as Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats, Independent Musical Productions

      Phil Schrimsher as Fred in The Dragon of Nitt, Fantasy Playhouse

FEMALE CHILD in a MAJOR PERFORMANCE

Caroline Stucky as Clara in The Nutcracker, Huntsville Ballet Company

MALE CHILD in a MAJOR PERFORMANCE

Wesley Box as Little Billy in ‘Billy the Kid,’ Billy the Kid, Huntsville Ballet Company

COSTUMES

Lisa Ordway and Michelle Box for Billy the Kid, Huntsville Ballet Company

CHOREOGRAPHY of a CONCERT DANCE

      Kagen Morring for ‘Eyes On Fire’ in Unplugged, Huntsville Ballet Company

      Phillip Otto for ‘Billy the Kid’ in Billy the Kid, Huntsville Ballet Company

      Phillip Otto for ‘The Nutcracker’ in The Nutcracker, Huntsville Ballet Company

      Phillip Otto and Susan Kelly for ‘The Inspiration Exhibit’ in Unplugged, Huntsville Ballet Company

SHOW WITH MUSIC

      The Nutcracker, Huntsville Ballet Company

      Unplugged, Huntsville Ballet Company

JUDGES’ CHOICE ‘ENSEMBLE’

      The 'Burn' Dance Ensemble in "Eyes On Fire" (Haley Barnhill, Jessie Garrison, Kayla Jackson and

            Emma Montague) in Unplugged, Huntsville Ballet Company

      The ‘Flower’ Corps & Demi-Soloists (Hannah Box, Jadyn Dahlberg, Zoe Hakonsson, Catherine Hampton,

            Marian Hoover, Kayla Jackson, Kalie Jamieson, Avery Kennedy, Madison Lynn, Anna Maples, Grace Mills,

            Emma Montague, Noelle Morse, Sierra Ortega and Sarah Satterfield) in

            The Nutcracker, Huntsville Ballet Company

The ‘Snow’ Corps & Demi-Soloists (Hannah Box, Jadyn Dahlberg, Katie Fogle, Jessie Garrison, Kristin Gilbert,

            Catherine Hampton, Zoe Hakonsson, Mary McClure Hardin, Ashley Hazlitt, Kayla Jackson, Kalie Jamieson,

            Avery Kennedy, Madison Lynn, Anna Maples, Grace Mills, Emma Montague, Noelle Morse, Siera Ortega,

            Tristen Palmer, Caroline Russell, Sarah Satterfield, Caroline Scott and Caroline Sutton) in

            The Nutcracker, Huntsville Ballet Company

JUDGES’ CHOICE ‘ADULT PERFORMANCE’

Kagen Morring as Cossack in 'Russian,’ The Nutcracker, Huntsville Ballet Company

JUDGES’ CHOICE ‘TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT’ or ‘SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS’

      Cynthia Meyer for Lighting at the open & close of 'Billy the Kid’ in Billy the Kid,

            Huntsville Ballet Company

 

 


Huntsville Ballet Announces a Magical Season for 2013-2014
Huntsville, Alabama

As Community Ballet Association celebrates its 50th Anniversary, Huntsville Ballet Company is proud to present a MAGICAL 2013-2014 Season. Cutting edge choreography, classical ballets and some wonderful surprises are sure to delight audiences of all ages as Huntsville Ballet Company dancers and special guest artists take the stage with passion, poise, and power.

Huntsville Ballet Company’s Unplugged returns to the Von Braun Center Playhouse October 25, 26, and 27, to begin the season. This year we are pleased to present special guests from UAH Theater. Huntsville Ballet Company’s “Unplugged” series offers new ballets by cutting edge choreographers as well as a taste of the classics. Experience ballet up close and personal in the intimate setting of Von Braun Playhouse.

The Huntsville Ballet Company continues the 2013/2014 season with their 45th annual production of The Nutcracker. This magical holiday classic has been a Huntsville tradition for over four decades. Don’t miss the magic this holiday season as Huntsville Ballet Company, with choreography by Artistic Director Phillip Otto and accompaniment by Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, brings this enchanting story to life at the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. All children performing are registered students of The Huntsville Ballet School. 

The season concludes with the Spring Performance. This year Huntsville Ballet Company brings the magic of Cinderella to the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Huntsville Ballet Company tells the timeless story of Cinderella with majestic beauty, magical costumes and Prokoviev’s enchanting score. Cinderella is a servant to her evil stepsisters until her fairy godmother helps her win the love of a Prince. Cinderella will sweep you off your feet into a land where dreams are made. The Spring performance includes the 6th Annual Discover Dance Community Showcase, which will begin prior to Cinderella.


Huntsville Ballet brings 'Billy the Kid," Balanchine and more to Von Braun Center Concert Hall
By Pat Ammons, AL.com

Posted March 29, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Huntsville Ballet Company is bringing a little of the wild, wild west to the Von Braun Center for its final performance of the 2012-2013 season. "Billy the Kid and More," will include the "Billy the Kid" ballet set to the music of Aaron Copeland and a tribute to George Balanchine, one of the greatest choreographers of all time. Read more


Zoes Kitchen Fundraiser Night. - Tuesday, November 27 from 4-9pm
Join us for dinner at Zoes Kitchen on Airport Road. Enjoy a great meal, and pick up a coupon for 10% off your Nutcracker tickets! Please share this with all your friends, co-workers and anyone else you can think of! 15% of all net sales will be donated to Huntsville Ballet!!


Huntsville Ballet announces 2012-2013 season
READ ABOUT THE 2013-14 SEASON


Huntsville Ballet takes the Non-Profit Center Stage in the Hunsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce magazine, Iniatives. Read the online version.


Published: Sunday, July 29, 2012, 6:00 AM 
By Deborah Storey, The Huntsville Times

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Huntsville Ballet’s upcoming season will celebrate nature, Christmas and a famous outlaw. Read the story


 

Community Ballet Association celebrates at the Virginia Hammill Simms Awards

By Amy Mayfield, The Huntsville Times
Posted 4/25/2012
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama--Thursday night, the North Hall of the Von Braun Center was a true celebration of the arts as the Community Ballet Association hosted the Virginia Hammill Simms Awards Dinner. Read the story


Virginia Hammill Simms nominees honored by Community Ballet Association are local luminaries

By Amy Mayfield, The Huntsville Times
Posted4/21

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama--Since 1968, local luminaries with an interest in expanding the arts in North Alabama have been recognized by the Community Ballet Association with the Virginia Hammill Simms Memorial Award.Read the story.


Sangria and Swans

April 14, 2012 - After the 7 pm Performance

You are invited to join us for a special Post Performance Party after the 7pm Performance of Swan Lake Act II at the VBC Mark C. Smith Concert Hall! Please RSVP by calling 256-539-0961. Tickets are $25 - $40 per couple. We'll serve heavy hors d'oeuvres and live music. Join in the fun!!


Patricia Kiley Master Class Series
Keith Cross Master Class

 

Intermediate 8 – 14 yrs
Saturday March 31st  3:30-5:00

 

Advanced
14 yrs-Up
Sunday April 1st  10:00-11:30

 

HBS & Grissom Students $10 Fee
Non-Students $20 Fee


Moscow Festival Ballet does select dances in Huntsville Ballet show

Published: Friday, February 17, 2012, 2:00 PM
Deborah Storey, The Huntsville Times By Deborah Storey, The Huntsville Times
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Moscow Festival Ballet is bringing some of ballet’s best-loved dances to Huntsville in sort of a greatest-hits show. Read the story.


Patricia Kiley Master Class Series
Dede Barfield Master Class

Intermediate 8-13 yrs old
Saturday March 3 - 2:00-3:30

 

Advanced 14 yrs-Up
Sunday March 4 - 10:00-11:30

HBS Students $10
Non-Students $20


 

Alabama Gives

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Community Foundation 2011

Community foundation The Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County was recently selected to manage a fund for the Community Ballet Association. According to Community Foundation Board Chairman Dr. James Gilbert, "We are honored to be of assistance to Community Ballet Association in this way. We applaud their Artistic Director Phillip Otto and their board of directors, chaired by Sherry Polk, for managing, with careful planning and financially sound stewardship, to set aside funds for a rainy day."