Gage Bush and her husband, choreographer Richard England, set the tone for classical ballet in Birmingham. The original Birmingham Civic Ballet reflected their efforts toward professional dance training in the 1960s era. Their studios, housed in the well known Donnely House, remain a reminder of the city's dance heritage. Imagine walking up the stairs toward this grand southern mansion, entering the marble hallway and hearing classical music's inspiration for the dancers. Hardwood dance floors, expansive windows and a feeling of elegance surrounded classical ballet training.
Classical ballet is alive and well in Birmingham and can be seen in the three ballet companies who will perform in upcoming weeks.
February 26, 27 and 28 at Samford University's Wright Center
- The Alabama Ballet, in downtown Birmingham continues the tradition of classical ballet performances with the full-length Don Quixote.
February 27 and 28 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Concert Hall
- Birmingham Ballet, a community centered ballet company with a nucleus of experienced dancers will present a fantastic performance of Peter Pan
March 5, 6 and 7 at the Virginia Samford Theatre at Caldwell Park
- AROVA Contemporary Ballet, newest to the city, is a contemporary ballet company concentrating on new and engaging ballet works with a contemporary flair. They will perform La Vie Boheme.
Be sure to put these dates on your calendar! Ballet is alive and well in Birmingham!