With their first half-century behind them, Dance Alive National Ballet is surging into the 2016-17 season, beginning with a Meet the Dancers event on Saturday at Pofahl Studios.
Members of the Dance Alive National Ballet company pose at Pofahl Studios. (Photo by Gainesville Downtown)
One of the first things that people familiar with Dance Alive National Ballet (DANB) will notice about the new season is that the company’s roster has grown from 12 to 16 principal dancers.
Kim Tuttle, left, Judy kinner and principal dancer Jessie Dominguez Reyes. (Photo by Gainesville Downtown)
Accomplished dancers have arrived from Brazil, Ukraine, Cuba and, yes, Virginia, to give the Gainesville-based professional dance company one of its strongest ensembles ever.
“They’re all wonderful dancers with beautiful techniques and lines,” said Kim Tuttle, executive/artistic director and choreographer-in-residence for DANB. “They also have great performability and are very hard workers. We couldn’t be happier.”
On Saturday at 2 p.m., the public can get up close and personal with many of the performers during the DANB’s annual Meet the Dancers event at Pofahl Studios, 1325 NW 2nd St. Tickets are $25 and available at the door, although seating is limited.
Attendees will be able to watch vignettes from upcoming productions of Dracula, Vampyra, Rhapsody In Blue and L’Amour plus a work created for DANB’s new Cuban principal, Jessie Dominguez Reyes, by Gainesville’s Ani Collier. A catered reception will follow.
Tuttle, who took over the DANB’s artistic reins 30 years ago, said the strength of her principal dancers is their versatility and balance.
“It’s hard to believe that there are people from all over the world here in Gainesville that are international award-winning stars,” she said.