TRACEY ALVEY | Artistic Director | ARAD T DIP. PDTC RTS
Tracey Alvey, Artistic Director, was born in Kent, England and started dancing at the age of nine being initially selected for admission to the Bush Davies Ballet School then invited to complete her training at The Royal Ballet School. As a dancer she has performed at the highest levels throughout Europe and the Far East as well as North America performing lead roles in the majority of renowned productions including “Swan Lake”, “Romeo and Juliet”,” Cinderella” and “Giselle”. She was honored to dance before numerous Royalty including Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana. At the end of her career Tracey was invited by the Royal Academy of Dance to attend their demanding Professional Dancers Teachers course.
Her repertoire whilst dancing included Mistress of Ceremonies in “Graduation Ball”, the White Pas de Deux in Frederick Ashton’s “Les Patineurs”, Principal Girl in “Giocosa Variations” and “Counter Balance”, the Elder Sister in “Transfigured Night”, the Fairy Godmother in “Cinderella”, Odette/Odile in “Swan Lake” and Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet”. She was promoted to Principal in August 1993 dancing the title role in “Giselle” and Swanhilda in the highly acclaimed production of “Coppelia”. The title role in Matthew Hart’s 1995 production of “Cinderella” was created on Tracey.
In January 2001, Tracey accepted a position as teacher of classical ballet at Elmhurst School of Dance, which is recognized nationally and internationally as a Center of Excellence and is one of only three UK Schools receiving recognition and financial support for its exceptionally gifted students under the Yehudi Menuhin Scheme. Tracey is also the Director of the Alabama Ballet School where she recently introduced the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. Tracey lives in Birmingham with her husband, where she is enjoying her thirteenth season with the Alabama Ballet.
ROGER VANFLETEREN | Associate Artistic Director | Resident Choreographer
Roger VanFleteren, Associate Artistic Director, is a native of Michigan where he began his training at the age of twelve with Charmaine Shick. VanFleteren is a former American Ballet Theater soloist and also performed as a principal dancer with the London City Ballet, where he danced with Alabama Ballet Artistic Director Tracey Alvey. VanFleteren has performed in repertoire by Kenneth MacMillan, Twyla Tharp, George Balanchine, and Mikhail Baryshnikov and danced the title role in Agnes De Mille’s last ballet, “The Other”.
VanFleteren began his career at Alabama Ballet with Wes Chapman in 1996 as Ballet Master and Resident Choreographer. His original choreography for Alabama Ballet includes “Romeo and Juliet”, “Dracula”, “Swan Lake”, “Cinderella”, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and “Bonnie and Clyde.” VanFleteren’s original world premieres, “Bach Variations” and “Be Major” are two Panoply award winning works. “Concert Fantasy” premiered in March 2006 and was underwritten by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
Alabama Public Television’s documentary on Alabama Ballet’s “Romeo and Juliet” was nominated for a Regional Emmy Award. VanFleteren’s innovative choreography and passion for the dancer has been instrumental in the world-class performances by the company. VanFleteren was named an official ambassador for Alabama’s 2007 Year of the Arts. VanFleteren worked with John McFall and the Atlanta Ballet in 2007. He was appointed Alabama Ballet Associate Artistic Director in 2008 and served as guest teacher with American Ballet Theatre II. He was commissioned to choreograph for ABT II in the Fall of 2009. Most recently, Roger choreographed the premiere of “Alice in Wonderland” with an original score by Les Filmer performed by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Other recent works for the Alabama Ballet include “Death and the Maiden” with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, “Of One Voice”, and “1 and 5”.