Summer programs


June 6 – July 2, 2022

The Alabama Ballet Summer Program is a four-week intensive workshop for intermediate and advanced students ages 11–19. Students attend daily ballet technique, pointe and variations classes, as well as modern dance, jazz and hip-hop classes and seminars on topics important to the developing dancer. In addition, rehearsals for the Workshop Performance are scheduled as needed.


Classes are carefully graded by technical ability and physical strength. Students are placed into levels by a placement class on the first day of the program, Monday, June 6th. The curriculum for each level is created to be the most advantageous to each student at his or her own stage of development. The emphasis of the program is placed on ballet, but supplementary classes in pointe, variations, jazz, modern, and hip hop are included. All students participate in rehearsals for the Workshop Performance in addition to scheduled classes.

Daily Schedule – Classes run from 10 am until 5 pm with a lunch break.

Interested Dancer



The program is under the supervision of Alabama Ballet’s Artistic Director, Tracey Alvey, and classes are taught by the Alabama Ballet Artistic Staff, School Faculty and renowned guest instructors and artists from around the world.

  • Tracey Alvey | Alabama Ballet Artistic Director, Former London City Ballet Principal
  • Roger Van Fleteren | Alabama Ballet Associate Artistic Director, Former ABT Soloist and London City Ballet Principal
  • Wes Chapman | Alabama School of Fine Arts Dance Chairman, Former ABT Principal
  • Shawn Black | Alabama Native and Former ABT Soloist
  • Donnette Cannonie | Chicago Dancer, Choreographer, contemporary and hip hop instructor
  • Brandon Ragland | Louisville Ballet Company Dancer and Choreographer
  • Alex Swader | NYC based choreographer and dancer
  • Mary Margaret Scalici | Birmingham Based Pilates and Fitness Instructor

*subject to change

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for all students is $525 per week. A discount of $100 is given to those students staying all 4 weeks. This amount covers all classes, seminars, and activities occurring on the premises of the Alabama Ballet Center for Dance. A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 (due April 4th, 2022) is credited towards this amount. Complete payment of tuition and fees must be received by May 6, 2022.

Summer Program Performance

The Alabama Ballet believes that performing is an important part of the intermediate and advanced students development as a dancer. The Summer Program Performance offers all students the opportunity to rehearse and perform a piece of repertory under the guidance of the Summer Program faculty. The performance is held on Saturday, July 2nd at 12:00 p.m. in the informal space of the main studio at the Alabama Ballet Center for Dance. Pending the state of the Covid-19 pandemic, parents and friends may be invited to attend.

Limited scholarships and financial aid are available to outstanding applicants. Financial aid information is available on request.

Audition Information

The Alabama Ballet invites intermediate and advanced ballet students, ages 11–19, to audition for an incredible four-week summer program at our ballet facility, featuring six state-of-the-art studios in Birmingham, Alabama. An exceptional faculty of resident and guest teachers provide caring and careful instruction to further each young dancer’s technical and artistic progress. Daily technique, pointe and variations classes are supplemented by informational seminars on topics important to the young dancer. The program culminates in an end of session performance. 

  • Jan. 15 | Classical Ballet of Mobile | Mobile, AL | Registration at 1:00 PM | Audition at 1:30 PM
  • Jan. 15 | Alabama Ballet Center for Dance | Birmingham, AL | Registration at 1:30 PM | Audition at 2:00 PM
  • Jan. 21 | Alabama Dance Festival | Birmingham, AL | Register at
  • Jan. 29 | Metropolitan Ballet Theatre | Atlanta, GA | Registration at 12:00 PM (ET) and Audition at 1:00 PM (ET)

Dancers may be required to wear an acceptable face mask for the entire Summer Intensive Audition. Shield style face masks are not acceptable. 

The online registration form will close for each audition location the Friday before at 4 PM. If you would like to register after 4 PM or the day of, please download and print the form pdf below and bring your registration fee. Registration can be accepted up until the audition time. 


  • Complete registration online form and payment below OR
  • Please bring a $20 audition fee and form below if registering in person.
  • Females wear black leotard, pink tights. Bring pointe shoes.
  • Males wear white t-shirt or leotard, black tights.
  • Bring a full-body photograph of yourself in first arabesque in dance clothing (no skirts please) and head shot. A good quality photocopy is acceptable.

Auditions by Mail

For those who cannot attend the audition, we accept a video. It should be a maximum length of 5 minutes of work in ballet class, no barre work. Students 15 and over should include a classical variation on pointe if applicable. Video auditions must be postmarked on or before March 1, 2022.

  • Acceptable video audition formats:
    • DVD or flash drive mailed to: Alabama Ballet School, Attn: Rachel Singletary Gates, 2726 1st Ave South, Birmingham, AL, 35233. Include registration form, full body first arabesque photo (no skirts), headshot, and a $25 check for audition fee.
    • OR Email an unlisted Youtube or private Vimeo link to Be sure to include any necessary passwords, full body first arabesque photo (no skirts), and headshot. Please complete the electronic registration form below. Select ‘Unable to Attend Live Audition’ under the Audition Location drop down menu.

*Please do not call the Alabama Ballet for acceptance status. All applicants will be notified via email.

If you have any questions, please contact Alabama Ballet School Administrator, Rachel Singletary, at or 205-322-1874.

Summer Program Audition


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Applicant has my permission to participate in the audition for Alabama Ballet's Summer Program. I agree that the Alabama Ballet will be held harmless for any injuries incurred while auditioning.
During these times of Covid-19, the State of Alabama Ballet, Inc., (the “Ballet”) is following all of the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help all participants and staff maintain a safe environment for our events and programs by practicing social distancing, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and other recommended measures and by following our Wellness Plan which is attached hereto. The risks associated with contracting Covid-19 are well known. There is a risk of contracting the virus while at the Alabama Ballet. Of course, you, or your child, could contract the virus outside the Ballet and unrelated to its programs. You, your children and the staff could be currently infected by Covid-19 and have no symptoms. Determining who currently is infected is challenging during these times due to the limited availability of testing. For that reason, our Wellness Plan attempts to use best practices to limit the risk, but no guarantees can be made. In full recognition of the fact that the virus can be contracted anywhere and at any time, the undersigned acknowledges and agrees to observe the policies and procedures of the Ballet and its Wellness Plan and, further, acknowledges that despite all safety precautions the virus can still be contracted. By my e-signature above, I confirm that I have read the Notice and on behalf of myself, and my minor children, I understand that participation in any Ballet workshops, classes and/or programs is not free of risk, including the risk of exposure and infection with the Covid-19 virus. On behalf of myself and each minor child, I accept the risks associated with participating in any program or activity [and agree individually, and on behalf of my minor children, to waive and release Alabama Ballet from any liability in the event that I or my children contract Covid-19.]
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