UPCOMING 2015-2016 SEASON Calender posted under COMPANY!

Before you dump a bucket of ice water on your head,


 We’re not asking you to dump ice water on your head, nor do we require you to sing Karaoke, or take a Selfie.  

You however have been challenged!!

 In honor of Dance Alive National Ballet’s 50th Golden Anniversary, Mary Cade, widow of Dr. Robert Cade (creator of Gatorade) and a good friend to Dance Alive National Ballet, is going to match donations up to the amount of $10,000.00 and has given us a June 1st deadline as a challenge!!   Join the challenge, be a Cade Crusader!

Please give whatever you can; even the smallest donation will make a huge difference.  Please read our story and click on the link to donate.  Time is limited, but we are not!! 

Our story is one of devotion, persistence, and immense creativity. Born in the ‘Gator Nation’ of Gainesville, FL., the present company was always a dream in the heart and soul of the Pofahl family.  The process was slow and careful, always with the knowledge that longevity would come through community involvement and appreciation.

So in 1966 the Gainesville Civic Ballet was formed. It offered students and young future professionals the opportunity to hone their skills under excellent instruction. As time went on, some of the students achieved a professional level, and the Board of Directors chose to start paying these dancers per performance.  The Civic Ballet became involved in the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association, raising the standards of performance and administrative achievement.

Next on the list of goals to accomplish was acquiring a booking agent. The company was fortunate to catch the eye of a partner in Siegel Artist Management, and the rest is history.

Gainesville Civic Ballet changed its name to DANCE ALIVE!, and began touring the USA. Because of its excellence, the company was chosen to be on the State of Florida Touring Roster for 40 years consecutively, the only dance company in the state to attain that distinction. As time went on, and the company increased its touring to include Costa Rica, Brazil, Russia and Bulgaria, the Board of Trustees felt the need to acknowledge that by changing the name to DANCE ALIVE NATIONAL BALLET.  And that is what the company is - A national ballet company that hires professional full-time dancers and lives and works in Gainesville, FL.

From dancing on a basketball court where lights were hung on hoops to performing in state of the art theatres, DANB has been on a mission to bring dance to the people. Along with the regular mainstage performances at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, DANB has extensive education and outreach programs. Educational Programming has regularly been ranked #1 in the state since 1986.

We do it all. And we do it with the help of a supportive community, and a wealth of extraordinary artists of all genres who contribute their enormous talents in exciting and innovative collaborations.

50 years of Nutcrackers – 50 years of artistic creations – 50 years of children learning to appreciate dance – 50 years of blood, sweat and tears. 

Here’s to 50 more!

Every donation helps! Please click on the Donate button, Thank you!

October 2015:   A Haunted Swan Lake

December 2015:   The Nutcracker

February 2016:   A Midsummer Night's Dream

March 2016:   Carmina Burana

UPCOMING 2015-2016 SEASON Calender posted under COMPANY!


Nutcracker and Next Generation

Sunday, August 30, 2015

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