The Alabama Youth Ballet Company is a non-profit 501(C)3 educational arts corporation and is presently the performing wing of The Stevan Grebel Center for Dance. It offers pre-professional dancers the opportunity to train and perform with directors Stevan and Deborah Grebel through high-quality classes and featuring classical and contemporary ballet performances.
It has grown out of a desire and a vision to contribute and promote dance education through performances and community outreach in the Jefferson/Shelby County area as well as throughout the state of Alabama.
Official company auditions are held twice a year, in May and July, as well as on a continuous basis by invitation and class evaluation. Placement auditions are for dancers ages 8 and up for the junior and senior level companies.
At times, professional guest artists will be invited for master classes and to perform with the company. All dancers perform in a pre-professional company which adheres to the finest standards. The dancers learn to work as a part of one body, as well as discovering their utmost potential as individuals. They learn and prepare for all aspects of dance company involvement, including: how to audition, professional attitude and etiquette, how to dress, apply make-up, as well as stage craft and stage management.
Youth Ballet involvement requires a high degree of commitment and time spent in classes, rehearsals, stage preparation; as well as the ability to follow directions, along with self-discipline. The Alabama Youth Ballet is non-discriminating and offers young dance students the ability to grow and learn in a positive, self-fulfilling, and disciplined atmosphere that will enhance their self-esteem and build their knowledge of the world of professional dance - in the classroom and on the stage. Students will also study with guest teachers and perform with quest artists and choreographers.
You do not have to be a student at Grebel Center for Dance to become a member of the Alabama Youth Ballet Company. Non-Grebel students may join for a fee of $500/year which covers all fees and more. You will be responsible to pay for required company classes.
*Perform the classics as well as new modern works. Work with great coaches who love working with young people. *Community performances, touring opportunities, school performances, Nutcracker
Contact The Stevan Grebel Center for Dance at 205-987-7234 to schedule an appointment to audition, or to schedule a performance.
Students auditioning should wear leotards, tights and ballet slippers.
Male dancers may wear tights, a close fitting white t-shirt and ballet shoes.
Dancers on pointe should bring pointe shoes.
By Appointment - Grebel Dance studios, Saturdays 11am - 12:30PM. Call 205-987-7234 or email for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org Audition fee is $20 (cash only).
NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS - Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 Audition Fee: $10 (cash only) Nutcracker Fee: $100 for ages 11 and under, $200 for ages 12 and up non-AYBC MEMBERS (included in AYBC membership package @$100) includes: all rehearsal time, costume rental and cleaning. All students participating in Ballet III-VI roles, are required to take class before each rehearsal and required to be at all rehearsals. Rehearsals are every Saturday and/or Sunday and some T/W/Th during the week. Non-AYBC Students are required to pay the regular rate for classes before rehearsals. We try to make the schedules as easy as possible for everyone. No rehearsals Thanksgiving weekend.
JOIN THE AYBC Junior or Senior Company in May and receive company summer workshop prices of $200-$300 per month.
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