The Atlanta Ballet’s regular season runs from December to May with performances at the Fox Theatre, the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, and the Woodruff Arts Center. The dance company’s diverse repertoire covers ballet history with cherished classics like Swan Lake to more modern performances like The Great Gatsby. The dance troupe recently celebrated its 50th year anniversary of the beloved Nutcracker.
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History of Atlanta Ballet
Founded in 1929, the ballet company now employs 25 professional dancers and six apprentices. Unlike other ballet companies, Atlanta Ballet doesn’t rank its dancers in specific categories but instead promotes equal opportunities among the company members.
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In 1996 the Atlanta Ballet opened the Centre for Dance Education to encourage and instruct young dancers in the Atlanta community. The company and CDE program play a vital role in the city’s culture.
Boys’ dance classes are available to male dancers ages six and up. The CDE also believes in strengthening the young male dancer’s technique at an early age.
The Centre for Dance’s primary location is at the Michael C. Carlos Dances Centre, the Atlanta Ballet headquarters. The Carlos Dance Centre houses five state-of-the-art dance studios and a student library. The 55,000 square foot LEED-certified Centre also contains a physical therapy room for dancers. The Centre provides classes for dancers of all ages and offers tours on designated days.
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In 1927, Atlanta Ballet’s founder Dorothy Alexander forged the idea of dance education for children. Today the Centre serves over 20,000 students each year.
For more than 89 decades, the Atlanta Ballet and CDE have provided community programs to help underprivileged youths experience the joy of dance. Also the company supports inclusion throughout the community with its Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.
Beyond the many classes the Centre provides, the program has a Summer Intensive session led by Artistic Director Gennadi Nedvigin. In addition, the Summer Intensive help students meet their training goals. However, an audition is required to participate.
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For performances and showtimes, please visit the official website of the Atlanta Ballet.