OUR HISTORY
Stevan Grebel, Stevan Grebeldinger
1954-57 – After his early training in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, with Margarita Debeljak, Smilja Moic, and Nina Kyrsanova (former ballerina at
the St. Petersburg Marinsky Theatre, now Leningrad’s Kirov, and member of the Anna Pavlova Company.) graduated from Government
Academy School of Dance, Belgrade, Yugoslavia.  Entered Belgrade National Opera Ballet after graduating.  As principal dancer, he
created and recreated roles in ballets:  Romeo and Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet,” the Mandarin in “The Miraculous Mandarin,” “Arioso”
Pas de Deux, Franz in “Coppelia,” Seigried in “Swan Lake,” “Capricio Espanol,” “Bolero,” “Chinese Story,” “La Rein des Illes” by Dmitri
Parlic (former principal dancer, ballet master and choreographer of the Belgrade National Ballet), Michel Fokine’s “Polovtsian Dances” from
“Prince Igor.”  Was chosen for Albrecht in “Giselle” by Leonid Lavrowsky (then director and principal choreographer of Moscow’s Bolshoi
Ballet.)
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Deborah Russell Grebel -  Began her early dance training with Frances Keeton Armstrong, and later at Birmingham Civic Ballet with
Henley Haslam and Gaenor Grange.  She entered the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and studied modern dance with Lou Wall.  
With a B.A. Degree in dance from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, she later graduated cum-laude with a Ma.Ed. in dance
physiology. She was a five-time college scholarship recipient of the Men's and Women's Poinsettia Ballet Committee and The Friends of
Ballet UAB.  Later, she served as treasurer and vice-president of the Friends of Ballet UAB, an organization which supported college
scholarships for dancers exhibiting talent and academic achievement.  Noted by her colleagues as an expert in the kinesioloy of dance,
Debbie has been called upon to teach and to explain the physics of dance to many students of dance and academia.  Her research and
work In physiology, kinesiology, and the bio-mechanics of dance,  has been published in the United States and in Europe in
The European
Journal of Sports and Conditioning
.  She began dancing with Ballet UAB in the corps de ballet in 1971, and as a soloist in 1972.  She left
the ballet in 1976 to raise a family.  She returned to ballet again in 1981, and In 1982 she performed the role of Snow Queen with the
Omni Dance Company.   In 1985  she became a principal dancer with Ballet UAB
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