Belgrade Balelt - Toured repeatedly with the company to Wiesbaden, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Athens, Greece; Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Italy; and Paris, France. Invited to appear as a guest artist in Poland, Hungary, etc. At the palace of Josip Broz Tito, he danced command performances for President Haille Sellasie of Ethiopia and President Nassar of Egypt.
1957-58 - Le Grand Ballet Marquis du Cuevas or Le Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo, Invited by Prima Ballerina Rosella Hightower and Director Marquis Georges de Cuevas to dance as a soloist and principal in a long series of ballet creations and restagings: “Annabel Lee,” George Skibine; “Gaite Parisienne,” Leonid Massine; “Jeux,” David Lichine; “St. Sebastian,” Edward Caton; for the company’s last season at the Theatre des Champs Elysees, performed principal role in the ballet "L’ile Cruel” by John Taras with Collette Marchand; which was presented several times during the short season. Also danced with the Deustch Oper am Rhein, Dusseldorf, Germany, where he danced principal roles in Stravinsky ballets, choreographed by Otto Kruger.
1959-61 – Studied at the Bolshoi and Kirov ballet schools, completing 18 months of specialization with Alexander Pushkin of the Kirov School. Grebel and Ms. Tcherina performed as guest principal artists with the Bolshoi Ballet in "Giselle."
Worked with choreographers George Skibine, Leonid Massine, David Lichen, Edward Caton, and John Taras.
1959-1965 - Principal dancer with, Ludmilla Tcherina Ballet.
Principal dancer with the Belgade National Opera Ballet, Deutsche Opera Am Rhine, Ballet Marquis de Cuevas, Roland Petite Ballet Company, Bolshoi Ballet
1963 - Performed in the ballet film "The Lovers of Teruel" with Ludmila Tcherina and presented the movie at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival. Grebel was highly respected as a partner, also; and received the title of "dancer etoile" in Paris.
1965 - 1971 Grebel joined the National Ballet of Washington, D.C., under the direction of Frederic Franklin, who was an original member of the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo.
1968 - Original director of the California Ballet in San Diego, with dancers from the National Ballet.
National Ballet of Washington was the first company to perform the ballet “La Peri” in the United States with principals Stevan Grebel and Andrea Vodehnal, at the Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C. He is listed in George Balanchine’s book “The Great Ballets,” as well as in numerous directories. His name is in the Bolshoi Theatre’s book of principals and guest artists.
Principal dancer with National Ballet of Washington, D.C. with which he performed in a command performance for President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House. Performed on national television in the United States and abroad.
Danced with and partnered ballerinas: Rosella Hightower, Ludmilla Tcherina, Sonia Arova, Liliane Van De Velde, Andrea Vodehnal, Anita Kristina, Roni Mahler, Maina Gielgud, Arlette Castanier, and others.
Danced in Summer Stock in “Annie Get Your Gun,” with Lee Remick.
1970 – Came to Birmingham to set the “Nutcracker” for the Alabama Ballet.
1971 - invited by Dr. Joseph Volker to develop and implement a dance program at UAB.
1971-74 - Grebel taught ballet classes for the Alabama School of Fine Arts on the campus of UAB. . Became Associate Professor of Dance and Artistic Director of Ballet UAB and the UAB Youth Ballet program for the next 25 years.
1974 - He was awarded an Honorary PhD by the School of Arts and Humanities at UAB. Stevan Grebel received a Medal of Distinction from the United Negro College Fund in the mid-70's for his support.
1970-1981- directed TheNutcracker with members of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, as well as Giselle, Con Amore, Cinderella, Coppelia, La Sonambula, Petroushka, Serenade and other ballets, throughout each year at the Boutwell Auditorium and the BJCC, also with the Alabama Symphony. Developed a community dance school with over 700 students at UAB.
1971-1996 - Associate Professor of Dance and Artistic Director of University Ballet, Ballet UAB and the UAB Youth Ballet.
1972-82 - Under his direction of Ballet UAB (a precursor to what is now Alabama Ballet,) Grebel's company was the first in Alabama to be given permission (by Mr. George Balanchine) to do Balanchine's "Serenade" from 1972 through 1982 in performances at Boutwell Auditorium and at the new Birmingham Civic Center Concert Hall, as well as touring across the southeast. Mr. Grebel was able to secure the talents of Michael Paulin, who later became a member of automation design teams for many shows on Broadway, including "Phantom of the Opera;" and Ronnie Bates, lighting director for the New York City Ballet, to set the lights for "Serenade" as well as for other projects of Grebel's in Birmingham.
1988 - Created "Adagio Lento" for ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet, to be performed for her anniversary at the Bolshoi.
1990 - World premiere of Grebel’s "Cleopatra," original musical score given by Basil Poledoris and performed by the Novi-Sad Symphony. Grebel choreographed for companies in Novi-Sad in Yugoslavia, and in Szeged, Hungary.
1990-1994 - Grebel’s ballets performed in the United States, Pecs and Budapest, Hungary include:
"Three Pieces," "Adagio Lento," "Flute Sonata," "Trio," "Overseas," "Confabulation," as well as his own productions of " Nutcracker" and "Cinderella." Other ballets include: Mikel Fokine’s "Petruschka," "Swan Lake," “Giselle,” George Balanchine’s "Sonambula," “Serenade,” Lew Christenson’s “Con Amore,” as well as Grebel’s “Ascent,” “Icht Nietzche,” "Uprising," "Swan in Love," and "Reverie."
1994 - UAB dance department closed. Stevan retired after 25 years at UAB, but continued to teach master classes around the state and the country.
1996 - Stevan Grebel and Deborah Russell Douglas married and were invited to teach at the Montgomery Ballet. He was on the faculty there for 4 years, teaching summer sessions, as well as throughout the school year, and set three ballets for them. He continues to teach classes for students there, as well.
1996 – present - Has taught master classes throughout the United States and Europe, as well as set and choreographed classical repertoire and contemporary works for companies here and abroad.
1998 - Taught ballet classes for Birmingham – Southern College’s interim and set “Con Amore” and “Les Sylphides” for their Spring Concert Performance.
May 2002 - Grebels performed with choreographer Lea Wolf in her dynamic "The Story of Our Lives" at the ODC Theatre in San Francisco.
August 2003 - opened The Stevan Grebel Center for Dance .
Past and present affiliations include: SAG, AGMA, NEA, Alabama Dance Council, UNESCO - CID - International Council on Dance, and more.
Grebel's students have gone on to dance, teach, choreograph, and direct in cities all over the United States and Europe. Many of the schools in the Birmingham area are owned and taught by former students of Ballet UAB.
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