A contemporary look at the relationship between horse and master. Very cutting edge modern style dance.  Kobuki styled lighting and original music by Stella Sung and Cirque du Soleil choreographer Rick Tjia adds to the intrigue.
Cutting edge contemporary dance.
Choreography: Rick Tjia.  5 dancers. 20 minutes.

In the middle of a sun-kissed day, a faun tentatively approaches a beautiful young woman. The ensuing dance portrays the tender feelings between them.
Contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle.  2 dancers. 10 minutes.

Bright, jazzy and often tender, this contemporary ballet pops from one extreme to the other. Dancers are costumed in brief shorts with a leggy yet elegant muscularity.
Contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Judy Skinner. 10 dancers. 25 minutes


Premiered in 1956, the great choreographer George Balanchine said about the ballet: “It contains everything I know about the classical ballet in 13 minutes.” Characterized by an expansive Russian romanticism, Allegro Brillante relies on strong dancing, precise timing, and breadth of gesture.   It is fast, brilliant, and extraordinarily elegant.

Neoclassical.  13 minutes.  10 dancers.


Bright, jazzy and often tender, this contemporary ballet pops from one extreme to the other. Dancers are costumed in brief shorts with a leggy yet elegant muscularity.
Contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Judy Skinner. 10 dancers. 25 minutes

The favorite ballet of Artistic Director Kim Tuttle, this masterpiece from the brilliant mind of George Balanchine set to the inspired music of Igor Stravinsky evokes the athletic glory of the young god, Apollo and his muses. It requires a great dancer to dance the lead role and glorious women to share the stage.  Dance Alive National Ballet has the distinct honor of being the first company in Florida to perform it.
Neo-classical ballet.
Choreography: George Balanchine. 4 dancers. 22 minutes.

The gift of song in operatic form is the basis for this eloquent ballet. From ‘Tosca’ to the ‘Merry Widow’, the dancers evoke the great passions of the great operas. A piece filled with variety in movement and mood. Very uplifting.
Classical ballet/contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle. 10 dancers. 22 minutes.

An exquisite pas de deux. Dancers float and emote against a night sky to themoving songs of Joseph Canteloube’s ‘Songs of the Auvergne’. Touching, the girl, in a skin colored costume, lets her hair glide across her lover’s arms.
Classical ballet.
Choreography: Cristina Helena. 2 dancers. 5 minutes.

The wondrous potter Toshiko Takaezu inspired this ballet, a trilogy of pieces composed by Stella Sung, with both projections and standing sets as background for the work.
Classical and contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle and Judy Skinner. 9 dancers. 22 minutes.

Bob’s Ties is in response to Olympian’s Bob Beamon’s work; specific and with a unique persepective that makes you smile.  Stella Sung’s music is a perfect match for the art and an additional inspiration for the choreography.

Choreography:  Judy Skinner. 8 dancers, 12 minutes.

The signature piece of this company, this sensual masterpiece by  Kim Tuttle shows the strength of the company – the sheer love of movement, energy and expression. A very powerful piece, the audience leaps to their feet in applause at the close of the stunning finale.
Contemporary dance.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle. 8 dancers. 15 minutes.

BLACK SWAN Pas de Deux
The brilliant pas de deux excerpted from Swan Lake is a virtuoso showcase andultimate challenge for all classical dancers. Exciting and dynamic, it is a staple of every ballet company.
Classical ballet.
Choreography: Petipa. 2 dancers. 10 minutes.

A breathtaking panorama of projections from the Hubble telescope depicting the vivid beauty of galaxies forms the backdrop for this brilliant and highly recognized ballet. Costumed in hand painted colored unitards, the dancers soar against the night sky, bringing their audience to a standing ovations. The first ballet conceived in partnership with AOTO, Art of the Olympians, inspired by composer Stella Sung and artist Olympians Liston Bochette, III.
Contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle. 10 dancers. 25 minutes.


Abstract / impressionistic ballet / 9 dancers   45 minutes

The mystical world of Aboriginal ceremonies is brought to life in this ballet, celebrating sundown to sunup in an unusual and spectacular way. Breathtaking  visuals project the beauty, depth and originality of Aboriginal art while original and provocative dance movements intensely reveal that which guides their spiritual world and culture, the Dreamtime – the time before living memory when the earth and all living things were created by Spirits from above and below. We honor and respect their beliefs and history.

Choreography: Kim Tuttle        Music: John Antill     Projections: UF Digital Worlds Faculty,  Audio and projection design expert, headed by Patrick Pagano        

Taken from Greek mythology, this pas de deux is loosely based on the characters of Diana, virgin goddess of the hunt, and Prince Acteon, son of King Cadmus.  This is a major repertory staple with ballet companies all over the world.
Classical ballet.
Choreography: Vagonova after Petipa. 2 dancers. 10 minutes

A simple tale of love and war. A flashback danced expressively by a lone woman tells the story of her fallen lover. The story then begins in the village, where the men dance a festive ax dance, the women dance a bright and funny gourd dance, and two lovers from different warring tribes cause conflict. The elder tells the lovers they must part, the lone woman’s lover steps in the middle and is shot by a fiery supporter of the tribe,  and the Elder is driven out. Love has triumphed, by after death.
Contemporary dance.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle . 12 dancers. 18 minutes.

An abstract ballet using the facets of a diamond to describe aspects of our lives. Exciting, fun, driving movement.
Classical/contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Judy Skinner. 8 dancers. 12 minutes.

If you love Latin music, you will LOVE FESTIVO!  This work was created to celebrate our wonderful  influx of Brazilian dancers.  The music and the dance will bring audiences to their salsa swaying feet!
Contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle and Judy Skinner. 10 dancers. 30 minutes

Three contemporary ballets ispired by the works of Olympians and artists of Art of the Olympians (AOTO).  Projections, sculpture and art hangings provide the dynamic background for this truly riveting evening of dance.
Contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle and Judy Skinner. 12 dancers. Full evening.

Premiered at the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad in 1932, this is a classical ballet based on songs of the French Revolution.  This celebratory pas de deux is well known on the classical ballet competition circuit.
Classical ballet.
Choreography: Vasily Vainonen. 2 dancers. 10 minutes

Perhaps the most well-known single pas de deux in the entire repertoire of ballet, this dance excites the audience with its Spanish flair and technical demands. Only the highest level of dancer can perform this – with balances, lifts, leaps and turns, it challenges the dancer, while thrilling the audience. Can be done with additional dancers.
Classical ballet.
Choreography: Marius Petipa. 2 dancers/6 dancers 8 minutes

A classical pas de deux in the grand tradition, with additional dancers to supplement the impact. Stunningly beautiful, this requires the ultimate in classical dancers.
Classical ballet.
Choreography: Victor Gsovsky. 6 dancers. 8 minutes.

Written in 1938, this powerful work was composed as a direct response to the imminent Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia.  Composer Martinu never saw his homeland again. The ballet reflects some of the fear and terror that, brought about by internal or external forces, causes uncertainty.
Classical/contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Judy Skinner. 7 dancers. 18 minutes.

Fusing contemporary dance and classical ballet with Bach and African music, this truly interesting and original piece opens with the entrance of two dancers on a motorcycle, and never slows down. Danced in tutus and jeans with the women on pointe, it is a delightfully entertaining ballet.
Contemporary ballet/dance.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle. 10 dancers. 25 minutes.

Actions have consequence. Set to music of the same name composed by Stella Sung, this ballet shows the rape of a young woman and the fate of her attacker. Through the eyes of two angels, we see the bestiality manifested in the man. Strong performances, strong dance, and an interesting story make this riveting theatre.
Contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle. 12 dancers. 25 minutes.

The soulful sounds of legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf lend the mood to ‘L’Amour’, a ballet by Kim Tuttle about love in its many forms. The dynamic and expressive performances of DANB principal dancers are showcased int his, the finale of any concert. “The show stopping performance of Principal Dancer Andre Valladon is thrilling”.
Contemporary ballet
Choreography: Kim Tuttle. 10 dancers. 25 minutes.

The story of a young Gypsy beauty, Esmeralda and her handsome lover is well known from the tale, ‘The hunchback of Notre Dame’. With dazzling technical challenges and a Gypsy flavor, this dashing pas de deux is fun, exciting, and colorful. As always, an audience favorite.
Classical ballet.
Choreography; Perrot/Gorsky/Petipa. 2 dancers. 8 minutes.

This short, dramatic ballet tells the story of the brave Christian warrior Tancred and the pagan girl Clorinda: how they meet, fall in love, separate, and meet again for a final, fatal encounter.
Choreography: William Dollar. 5 dancers. Approximately 25 minutes.

This romantic and technically challenging pas de deux was made famous by Russian ballet star Rudolf Nureyev. The ultimate wild slave contrasting with the beautiful maiden creates a ready made romance. And the dancing – ah, the beauty of the dance!  One of the most demanding and breathtaking pieces in the repertoire, it is filled with the highest of leaps and deepest of lunges imaginable.
Classical Ballet.
Choreography: Petipa/Chaboukiani. 2 dancers. 7 minutes.

The handsome American Lieutenant Pinkerton is preparing to leave his new Japanese wife, ‘Butterfly’ for an unknown period of time. The question is, when or if  he will return. The most romantic and lyrical of all pas de deux. Passionate, beautiful, and moving. Based on the opera of the same name.
Classical ballet.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle. 2 dancers. 4 minutes.


A splendid male solo,  inspired by St. Augustine’s poem celebrating dance. Emotional, spiritual, and outstandingly athletic.
Classical/contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle. 1 dancer. 4 minutes.

Abstract/ impressionistic  ballet  / 4 couples  / 26 minutes

Lush music, glorious flowers.   On this night, in these gardens, you can almost smell the fragrance of the lilies – feel the hot air brush your skin – and know in some way the feeling of these couples as they pass through these gardens one night.

Choreography  Judy Skinner

Music  Manuel de Falla

Paintings  Annie Pais
Against an historic film by film maker Lisa Mills depicting the story of immigrants coming to the United States through Ellis Island, this lovely and haunting ballet creates an unforgettable sense of time and place through softly moving ghostlike figures to the emotional music of resident composer Stella Sung.
Contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Judy Skinner.12 dancers. 25 minutes

Based on the Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein, the music is a paean of serenity and childlike humility. Interprets the spiritual intent of various selections of Psalms through inspirational and expressive dance.
Abstract classical ballet.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle. 8 dancers. 18 minutes.

Poignant and introspective, this solo, danced while a pianist plays the beautifulChopin piece of the same name, is a tour de force for a solo male: athletic, acrobatic, lyrical, dramatic, dynamic, and above all, beautiful.
Contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle. 1 dancer. 4 minutes.

Pure abstract dance to the wonderful music of George Gershwin as interpreted by dancers and choreographer.
Contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Judy Skinner. 6 dancers. 20 minutes.

The love pas de deux from the full-length ballet, ‘Robin Hood’, this is a piece that clearly describes the bold outlaw Robin in his opening bravura solo, then  moves to a romantic playfulness between the two lovers in a joyous celebration. Unparalleled technical prowess and expression is demanded of the dancers.
Classical ballet.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle. 2 dancers. 7 minutes.

The balcony pas de deux from the full-length ballet revealing the two lovers poignant love. A sweet prelude to a tragic end. Of the highest level art and dance.
Classical ballet.
Choreography: Lavrosky. 2 dancers. 10 minutes.

RUBIES Pas de Deux from ‘JEWELS’*
A quirky, edgy pas de deux excerpted from George Balanchine’s ballet, ‘Jewels’. Technically demanding and filled with off-balance extensions, this dance tests the flexibility and control of the couple, all the while demanding a playful sexuality between them.
Neo-classical ballet.
Choreography: George Balanchine. 2 dancers. 7 minutes.

Based on the stark black and white painting of the same name  by abstract expressionist Robert Motherwell, the Japanese warrior weds his exquisite lady. With Japanese inspired moves of sheer strength and vitality danced by the Samurai contrasted by the delicate expressive steps of his lady, this pas de deux is hypnotic.
Classical ballet.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle. 2 dancers. 8 minutes.

This version of the ballet is based on the forward to “The Thousand and One Nights”,

Choreography……………………………….Kim Tuttle, after a concept by Leon Bakst

Music….Scheherazade’, Symphonic Suite Op. 35, by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)

To the great music of the 50’s and 60’s, ‘Sincerely’ plays, cries, celebrates, loves, and teases its way through dance moves that range from the loose-limbed youth in ‘Hound Dog’ to the sexy Latin in ‘Mambo Italiano’ to the lost lovers in ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’. Memorable melodies and beautiful dance create a fun experience for dancers and audience alike.
Contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle. 9 dancers. 25 minutes.

Created to celebrate the partnership between DANB and AOTO, Art of the Olympians, ‘Soar’ is a 4 part ballet inspired by the visual art of Olympians Liston Bochette III, Al Oerter and Larry Young. In part I, A young girl plays with the globe, celebrating the exploration of movement. A couple displays the passion required to achieve in a searing tango. Three couples reflect Al Oerter’s greatness in a requiem and renewal in part III, and the entire company, bearing flags of their nation, celebrate the greatness of the Olympic program in a rousing finale.
Classical and contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle and Judy Skinner. 11 dancers. 25 minutes.


Abstract / impressionistic ballet  /  7 dancers  26 minutes

Schoenberg was inspired by Richard Dehmel’s poem, ‘Verklarte Nacht’.  Rather than creating a narrative work that specifically follows the poem, the choreographer has chosen to explore the choices and feelings made by individuals in establishing, participating or ending a relationship.

Choreography: Judy Skinner     Music:  Arnold Schoenberg

The love pas de deux between the Roman slave Spartacus and his wife, Phrygia. Filled with grandeur and heroism, this is one of the most spectacular pas de deux in the repertoire,  with breathtaking lifts and superb depth of expression. An emotional high for viewer and dancer alike.
Classical ballet.
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich. 2 dancers. 8 minutes.

A brilliantly virtuosic pas de deux between El Capitan and Liberty Bell, this brief and bright homage to Americana is excerpted from George Balanchine’s ballet of the same name. Fun and exciting, it presents dance at its most entertaining.
Classical ballet.
Choreography: George Balanchine. 2 dancers. 7 minutes.

Loosely based upon the Tennessee Williams play of the same name, this ballet focuses on the tensions and conflicts between Stanley Kowalski, a rough and crude man, his wife Stella, her emotionally fragile sister, Blanche, and Stanley’s friend, Mitch, Blanche’s suitor. Dramatic.
Contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle. 4 dancers. 23 minutes.

The Tango, suburban, sarcastic and sensual was born in Argentina in 1889 and became the expression of its people. It was undeniably the most genuine of all popular music in South America. The ballet uses different tangos to create a loosely woven story of humor, love and peace.
Contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle. 10 dancers. 23 minutes.

This fast and sparkling duet perfectly presents the Italian zest for life. A true test of energy, endurance, and technique filled with brightly colored tambourines and flouncy tutu, this is one of the most fun pieces to dance and watch in the entire repertoire. Non-stop dancing and smiling.
Classical ballet.
Choreography: George Balanchine. 2 dancers. 6 minutes.

A gem of a ballet by Balanchine, this beautiful, lyrical and buoyant piece shows dance at its finest. With lilting melodies and bravura steps, the dancers are lifted up, and in so doing, lift their audiences up as well.
Classical ballet.
Choreography: George Balanchine. 2 dancers. 8 minutes.

The love story of Tristan, a Cornish knight, and his beloved, Isolde, an Irish princess tells of a love so deep that it transcended life as we know it. Mystical, magical and mysterious; the dance of the Celtic lovers weaves a spell filled with the passion of love beyond death.
Classical ballet.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle. 2 dancers. 10 minutes.

Beginning with the calm flow of the ocean, building with strong and riotous currents, the tidal wave which is TSUNAMI rushes to its wild and frenetic climax.
Abstract contemporary ballet.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle. 9 dancers. 14 minutes.

A wild Gypsy ride.  Thrilling lifts,  stunning balances – all in an action packed 6 minutes. This requires a superb partnership with great strength and body control from both dancers.  Not to be believed.
Classical ballet.
Choreography: Tom Pazik. 2 dancers. 6 minutes.

The ideal waltz ballet. To a beautiful melody a lead couple and four ladies dance effortlessly. With sweeping movements and bright footwork, the joy of dance is unmistakable.
Classical ballet.
Choreography: George Balanchine. 6 dancers. 8 minutes.

..a campy take on a vampire tale, VAMPYRA is a rollicking fun time – even for her victims!

Choreography:  Kim Tuttle

Music:  Various
Dancers and Choreographer create their own variations to Bach’s wonderful work. Bright, pleasing and lovely to watch, this ballet moves intelligently and with great beauty through the master’s music.
Classical ballet.
Choreography: Judy Skinner. 7 dancers. 10 minutes.

This work was inspired by four photographs by contemporary artist Cindy Sherman. Ms. Sherman is noted for works based on created identities. In this unusual work, poetry and a solo trumpet enhance the dancers, stripped of their own identities and assuming others – a prostitute, a boxer, and a school girl – all delving into their individual thoughts.
Contemporary dance.
Choreography: Judy Skinner. 4 dancers. 14 minutes.

The quintessential light ballet – fun, frothy, melodic, the dancers bend and turn their bodies in jazzy moves to Gershwin’s melodic music blended with the highest level of classical dance. A solo carefree male dances with 3 beauties. They all have a wonderful time, and dance effortlessly.
Classical/contemporary ballet.
Choreography: George Balanchine. 4 dancers. 15 minutes.

A strong statement about censorship, based on the widely published and recognized activist work of the same name by Barbara Kruger. Frightening, threatening, and moving. The dancers flee and attack, sigh and scream.
Contemporary dance.
Choreography: Judy Skinner. 8 dancers. 12 minutes.

Inspired by the photography Olympian Cameron Myler, the ballet ZOOM captures the focus, excitement and drama of the luge along with the reflection and visualization required to accomplish greatness.  Sport, dance and art all require the same devotion and pursuit of excellence.
Choreography: Kim Tuttle and Judy Skinner. 10 dancers, 25 minutes

*contingent upon contractual agreements with the Balanchine Trust



All choreography by Kim Tuttle unless otherwise specified

  •  A Mass Celebration
  •  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  •  Carmen
  •  Carmina Burana – choreography by Tom Pazik
  •  Cleopatra – A Rock Ballet
  •  Coppelia – Choreography by Arthur Saint-Leon
  •  Dracula
  •  Don Quixote – choreography Petipa/Tuttle
  •  Frankenstein
  •  Hansel and Gretel
  •  Madame Butterfly
  •  Mata Hari
  •  Phantom
  •  The Nutcracker
  •  Queen of the Night
  •  Robin Hood
  •  The Sleeping Beauty – choreography by Petipa
  •  Swan Lake – choreography Petipa/Ivanov
  •  Tom Jones
  • Vampyra

SCHOOL SHOW BALLETS: (1 hour program)

  • Lady Bug: Action Hero!
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
  • The Nutcracker
  • Robin Hood
  • Photo of Carla Amancio and Rostislav Dzabraev by Johnston Photography.  Directly above, image by Ani Collier.