Dance Alive National Ballet rides into a different realm with ‘Horse of a Different Color’


Tickets are available for purchase!

GAINESVILLE, FL – Experience the thrill and excitement of change in Dance Alive National Ballet’s upcoming contemporary show.

The Company is proud to present Horse of a Different Color on February 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville. Tickets cost between $27 and $49, with discounted rates for children, students and seniors.

“Bathed in the glow of ancestral diversity, ‘HORSE,’ as we call it, ranges from honoring those who arrived at Ellis Island to the spiritual world of the Siberian taiga. The dance in HORSE is contemporary in form, but timeless in range,” said Executive Artistic Director Kim Tuttle. “The dancers LOVE this program, and feel very privileged to dance it.”

This performance showcases choreography by guest artists and resident choreographers, including Ani Collier, Kim Tuttle, and Judy Skinner.

Skinner’s One Day … Everything!, set to music by Stella Sung, is inspired by the ghosts of Ellis Island. 

“My first visit to Ellis Island had me in tears. I felt the ghosts. This work was inspired by our immigrant ancestors who came for a better life.   It was a blind leap of faith,” said Judy Skinner, co-founder of Dance Alive and resident choreographer. “Through the years Dance Alive has been blessed with the artistry of many immigrants; some now citizens and others working on green cards.  This work is dedicated to them.”

Horse of a Different Color will also feature choreography by Company members, including Tales Fonseca and Jose Ramos.

Tickets to see Horse of a Different Color are available for purchase in person at the Phillips Center box office, by phone (352.392.2787 or 800.905.2787) or online.


Founded in 1966 in Gainesville, Florida, Dance Alive National Ballet is the premier touring Company in the southern United States and features an international roster of award-winning dancers. The Company’s repertoire ranges from the quintessential classic, ‘The Nutcracker,’ to the cutting-edge movement of contemporary ballet. Throughout this choreographic tapestry are woven the ballets of Executive Artistic Director Kim Tuttle and Company Choreographer Judy Skinner, whose distinctive styles brand the Company. Dance Alive has toured the Continental United States, Brazil, Cuba, Costa Rica and Russia under the auspices of the NEA, SouthArts, Allied Concert Services, and Conciertos Internacionales. The Company is represented by Siegel Artist Management.

Dance Alive National Ballet is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency in partnership with the Florida Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, a grant from the City of Gainesville, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and Visit Gainesville, Alachua County. DANB is a registered 501c[3] not-for-profit organization. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained by calling (800)435-7352. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the State. FEID#23-7348157; Tax Exempt #85- 8012680863C-7.