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The Alabama Youth Ballet Presents Stevan Grebel's The Nutcracker

Come see the dancers of the Alabama Youth Ballet Company, with the support of a community cast of children and adults, in this timeless Christmas favorite. This classic is choreographed to appeal to the childlike wonder deep inside each of us and is suitable for audiences of all ages.

The family of cast members grows year after year! Stevan Grebel has choreographed and directed The Nutcracker in the Birmingham area since 1970 at Boutwell Auditorium, BJCC, as well as tourings in Anniston, Troy, Demopolis and more. Generations have shared in the excitement of performing this ballet with their own children and family members as the tradition lives on!

Why not share your tradition this year with those you love? Create memories and enjoy all of the reasons for the season!

Performances are Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m.

All seats are reserved. Tickets are $15 Premium, $10 General, $5 Children under 5.

Trivia question: Who was the first company in Alabama to perform George Balanchine's Serenade?

Answer: The University Ballet (later known as Ballet UAB) with Stevan Grebel as director. Frederic Franklin set the ballet on the company in 1972. Mr. B sent one of the New York City Ballet's costumes, designed by Karinska, to UAB for the seamstresses to copy. Frederic Franklin also set the ballets Giselle, Con Amore, Raymonda and Swan Lake Act II on the company.

The students of Grebel Ballet and The Alabama Youth Ballet Company share such a wonderful legacy!

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