Kim Tuttle | Executive/Artistic Director
Kim Tuttle, Executive/Artistic Director and Choreographer-in-Residence of Dance Alive National Ballet took over the artistic reins in 1986, turning a regional company of quality into a highly recognized professional touring company and the designated State Touring Company of Florida for 38 years consecutively. It is her choreography that sets the style and artistic focus of the company. Through her vision, Dance Alive National Ballet has toured 17 states and Central America under the auspices of The National Endowment for the Arts, SouthArts, the Florida Department of State Touring Program and Allied Concert Services through Siegel Artist Management, establishing its reputation as a vital, energetic and artistically innovative ballet company.
Ms. Tuttle served on the staff of the Stuttgart Ballet during the brilliant John Cranko era. She based the artistic spirit of Dance Alive National Ballet on the generous and visionary nature of the Cranko company. Due to the similar fertile artistic climate and welcoming environment, the company attracts many international ballet artists of stature who live and work in Gainesville and are devoted to the Company. In 1985 she served as Ballet Mistress for the Zurich Ballet, under the Artistic Direction of Balanchine expert Patricia Neary. There she honed her skills in the Balanchine repertoire, which has enriched and given additional depth to the Company repertoire. She was instrumental in facilitating the first performance of Balanchine ballet’s in Bulgaria, where her works, ‘Ode to Joy’ and ‘Symphony in Three Movements’ were performed.
Ms. Tuttle attended the University of Florida on full scholarship where she was staff pianist for the department of Music. Her musical background, fully explored as a recording chamber pianist, is fundamental to her gift as a thriving and prolific choreographer. She has created over 100 ballets. She is a master at creating the full-length ballet. In all of them the arrangement of compositions used in the ballets has been critical to their success. She has also written dialogue for several of her ballets including ‘Frankenstein’ and the children‘s ballet, ‘Lady Bug: Action Hero’, written music and songs for her ballets ‘Tom Jones’ and ‘Robin Hood’ and authored the children’s book ‘Lady Bug: Action Hero’, published by Trafford Publishing Company.
Diversity is a hallmark of Ms. Tuttle’s ballets. She has collaborated with composers, musicians, sculptors, poets, actors, writers, technical theatre artists and visual artists and created works with particular attention to including ethnic style and movement; i.e. flamenco, folk dancing, Classical Indian dance, Classical Chinese dance, Classical Balinese dance and African drumming and dance. Her works have been performed globally.
In recognition of her work she has received three choreographic fellowships from the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs and an honorable mention.
Ms. Tuttle has served on the State of Florida Dance Panel and was recipient of the prestigious Nancy Smith Award given by the Florida Dance Association in year 2000 for “Outstanding Leadership and Excellence in Dance in Florida” and the “Lifetime Achievement in the Arts” award given by the City of Gainesville, FL. She began the original ballet program at Santa Fe Community College in 1975 and was the founding Artistic Director for the present dance program at SFCC. She was awarded the “Woman of Distinction Award” by Santa Fe College in 2010.
She is in demand as choreographer, master teacher, artistic advisor and pianist, and travels throughout North and Central America touring with Dance Alive National Ballet,setting and choreographing ballets, and staging her version of “The Nutcracker”. She lives in Gainesville, Florida where she is co-owner and director of the nationally known and respected Pofahl Studios, Official School of Dance Alive National Ballet.