Season 2020-21

Directors Kim Tuttle and Judy Skinner
julia ponomareva
Photo of Julia Ponomareva by Johnston Photography/design by Linda Rocha
Photo of Carla Amancio and Fhilipe Teixeira by Johnston Photography

we are here!

YES, we are proud to announce that Dance Alive National Ballet will be having a 2020-21 season.
YES, the seating at the Phillips Center can seat up to 380 per show at this time. Safety first!
YES, our audiences will be following safe distancing and wear masks per protocol.
And YES, we are so excited to be able to be here for you, our audiences and donors.
You have given us so much, and we are thrilled to be able to keep the fires burning.

THE PRODUCTIONS are stunning and varied: BALLET AND BEYOND (a breathtaking mix of dance), THE NUTCRACKER, Ani Collier’s provocative PORTRAITS, and the magical MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.


THE EVENTS are fun-filled:
MEET THE DANCERS opens the season on the Holiday Inn Rooftop Terrace!
CLASS WITH CLARA introduces your child to ballet!
CHAMPAGNE GALA! The best party EVER with the entertaining ‘Dancing With the Stars’ competition.


Follow our interactive brochure,check out our programming, and join us next season!  
Photo of Rachel Ridley and  Roberto Vega by Johnston Photography.

ballet and beyond

October 31
@ 2 & 7:30 PM,
Phillips Center Mainstage
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Dazzling classical ballet bumps up against a contemporary social issue in this opening program of the season. Bridging the past and the present, DANB opens with the bravura classic Don Quixote Suite, continues with guest artist dancer/choreographer Oksana Maslova’s dramatic new work and closes with Judy Skinner’s mesmerizing Oceana, a creation illuminating the crisis of ocean pollution. With film created by Lisa Crawley and music by Resident Composer Stella Sung, the ballet also has a phone app so that audience members can access AND play sounds of sea animals during the ballet. Educational as well as entertaining. Choreographers and dancers work their magic and create an evening never to be forgotten.  Limited seating. Family friendly.

Tickets available at 352.392.2787


Photo of Carla Amancio and  Fhilipe Teixeira.

the nutcracker

December 17 & 18
@ 7:30 PM;
December 19 & 20
@ 2 & 7:30 PM,
Phillips Center Mainstage
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It just isn’t the holidays without The Nutcracker!  The all-time family favorite with beautiful dancing, sets and costumes is here again!  Everyone needs a hero, and in this case she’s a girl! Clara saves the Nutcracker prince, and to thank her, he brings her on a magical journey to the Kingdom of the Sweets, where the exquisite Sugar Plum Fairy puts on a regal show for her. Tradition, beauty, grace, and a terrific story - what more can you ask for. Sheer Magic!  Limited Seating. Family friendly.

Tickets available at 352.392.2787


Photo of Jessie Dominguez and Aaron Gomez by Johnston Photography


February 25
@ 7:30 PM,
Phillips Center Mainstage
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An original work starting from a blank slate,filled with each dancer’s unique sparkle, and painted with choreographer Ani Collier’s artistic brush. Just as each dancer’s body is unique, so is every creator’s point of view. The story, the images, are yet to be revealed. Please join us for this upcoming exhibition of beautiful bodies in motion. Limited seating. Family friendly.

Tickets available at 352.392.2787


Photo of Julia Ponomareva by Ani Collier

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

March 20
@ 2 & 7:30 PM,
Phillips Center Mainstage
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“Zing went the string!”  On a dreamy midsummer night’s eve, the worlds of fairies,humans, dukes and donkeys all collide under the magic spell of cupid’s arrow.We see how true love never runs smooth, as the mischievous Puck proclaims,“Lord, what fools these mortals be!” A bright and beautiful ballet in the classical style set to Shakespeare’s immortal  ‘A Midsummer Night’s Eve’ proves that falling in love is the ultimate gift.

Tickets available at 352.392.2787



meet the dancers on the rooftop terrace

September 25
@ 6:30 - 11 PM,
Holiday Inn University Center
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Master of Ceremony Eric Godet hosts a stunning outdoor performance on the beautiful rooftop terrace  of the Holiday Inn showcasing the amazing Dance Alive dancers. With delicious dining by Sweetwater Catering, two complimentary drinks(beer/wine), cash bar, live auction led by Chad “Cracker” Johnson,  dancing to the sounds of popular DJ Elio Piedra with décor by Unforgettable Events you will have a great time and support a great ballet Company, too!  Special ANGEL Award will be given to Weaver Gaines and Mary Trew for their long-time support of the Company. Casual dress. (Bring your suit if you want to swim!) Premier sponsors: The Holiday Inn University Center, Sweetwater Catering, Elio Piedra, and Unforgettable Events.


Chad ‘Cracker Johnson, auctioneer with Affinity Auction Group; Auction licenses #AU2947 and #AB2921.  

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Photo of Marianna Mancuso by Johnston Photography

class with clara

December 19 & 20
@ 4 PM,
onstage at the Phillips Center
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Join the charming ‘Clara’, heroine of the Nutcracker Ballet for a princess style ballet class onstage in the Kingdom of the Sweets!  Training not required.  Street shoes acceptable, but you can dance in your socks or ballet shoes. Company dancers will be available to help your children as well, so they will have the most possible attention given. And special 'gifts' will be handed out following the class.  All ages as long as they can run and walk!


Tickets available at 352.392.2787

Photo of Andre Valladon and Carla Amancio by Johnston Photography.


March 6
@ 7 - 11 PM,
ReitzUnion Grand Ballroom
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A fabulous fund-raiser featuring the extraordinary ‘Dancing With the Stars’, this event has it all! Dining, dancing,silent auction, Dance Alive dancers and celebrity stars, it is without doubt the most entertaining event in town. Hosted by the dynamic Storm Roberts, with stunning décor by Unforgettable Events, the amazing Gosia and Ali band, fabulous food by Classic Faire and mouth-watering chocolates by Thornebrook Chocolates, prepare to be transported! Sponsored by Parris Dance and Unforgettable Events.  Valet parking available.

Tickets available at 353.371.2986


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Photo of the family ballet‘’Lady Bug: Action Hero”  by Johnston Photography



Dance Alive National Ballet’s all inclusive outreach program brings dance to the community through experience and education in a fun and uplifting way.

Discover Dance, ‘The Mainstage Experience’, provides reduced or no cost attendance to the professional productions, The Nutcracker and Lady Bug: Action Hero!
Dance Partners , ‘Making Life a Little Bit Better’ brings live, professional dance at no cost to clients of social service non-profit agencies and those less fortunate.
Senior Moments serves seniors through performances and engaging conversation at senior facilities.
The Five Positions is an educational outreach program for all ages.

SCHOOL SHOWS at the Phillips Center: limited seating
THE NUTCRACKER, December, 17 & 18, 11AM
LADY BUG: ACTION HERO! February 25, 11AM
For more information please contact LaTrinda Perry at ; For more info: 352.371.2986


Resident Choreographer
and Executive
Judy Skinner
Photo of Carla Amancio and Roberto Vega by Johnston Photography


We are requesting all donors to defer their benefit of flex tickets this year, season 2020-21, to next year’s season, 2021-22 due to the extremely limited seating at the Phillips Center during this time of COVID. If we do not hear from you by September 15, we will assume this is agreeable to you. If you need to discuss this with us, please contact Emily Pozek at



Emily Pozek, Associate Executive Director
Photo by Ani Collier

The Encore Society is a very important group of supporters in a giving society that helps sustain the future of Dance Alive National Ballet. Members of the Encore Society will make a three-year investment of a minimum $6,000 to build a sustained giving program to support the Company.

For more information contact Star Bradbury, Fundraising Committee Chairperson, 352.494.9259,

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Photo by Johnston Photography

individual and corporate donations

The lifeblood of our company, these donations go toward General Program Support to ensure our ongoing programs.

equity donations

Dance Alive has enabled a new donor support opportunity by creating a Schwab corporate investment account. This account will allow supporters of Dance Alive to donate (through gift transfers) what are often referred to as“Orphan stocks”. Any gift transfers of other equities,whether stocks,bonds or mutual funds can also be transferred in this manner. We will put you in contact with Dance Alive’s corporate counsel to coordinate the necessary steps.

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Photo of Andre Valladon by Colleen Rand

thank you

Legacy Giving is designed for those individuals who, because of their love and appreciation of Dance Alive National Ballet, wish to remember the company in their estate plans. Plan a gift today that will celebrate Dance Alive National Ballet today and tomorrow.

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executive artistic director
kim tuttle

For more information on GIVING, please contact Emily Pozek,, ph. 254.644.3265