SOUTHERN BALLET THEATRE
Southern Ballet Theatre
SOUTHERN BALLET THEATRE OF GEORGIA, INC.(SBT) is a premier dance company in the Southeast dedicated to educating, promoting and increasing appreciation of dance. Since 1991, SBT has been inspiring individuals and families through the performing arts, regardless of financial, physical or mental ability.
SBT presents critically-acclaimed theater performances, public school demonstrations, arts festivals and other community activities. In recent seasons, SBT has delighted audiences with full length ballets including Aurora + Maleficent: The Beginning, Frozen: A Tale of the Ice Queen, Rapunzel, Pirates, Aladdin, and Cinderella.
SBT is one of only 19 pre-professional dance companies that have membership in the highly-respected Regional Dance Association/Southeast (RDA/SE) of Regional Dance America (RDA).
A 501(c) (3) non-profit, SBT is housed at Southern Performing Arts Academy in Lawrenceville, Ga.
Regional Dance America/Southeast (RDA/SE) is one of five regional organizations of Regional Dance America (RDA). RDA/SE and RDA promote the artistic development of dance companies throughout the United States, as well as define and maintain artistic standards of quality. Classical ballet is joined by more contemporary neoclassical and contemporary pieces to present an exciting representation of the current dance world.
RDA?SE member companies meet annually for three days of classes, auditions, lectures, seminars and social events. Classes are taught by some of the most acclaimed instructors from major companies across the country. Evening performances showcase member companies and demonstrate the growth they have achieved throughout the year.
Southern Ballet Theatre is one of only 18 RDA/SE Companies.
Alicia began her dance training at the age of four. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip hop. She has trained with master teachers including Robert Barnett, David Howard, Thom Clower, Laura Alonso, and Twitch. Since 1990, Alicia trained at Lawrenceville School of Ballet and in 1997 she became a member of Southern Ballet Theatre, formerly Gwinnett Dance Ensemble. During her time with Southern Ballet Theatre, she danced in major productions such as Alice in Wonderland, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Wizard of Oz, Cinderella and Coppelia. Since 2000 she has been attending Southeastern Regional Ballet Assoication's Festivals including two Regional Dance America National Festivals and has had choreography choosen to be performed at the Festivals as well. Alicia has choreographed full length ballets such as Aurora + Maleficent: The Beginning, Frozen: A Tale of the Ice Queen, Cinderella, Aladdin, Pirates, and Rapunzel.
During Alicia's teaching career she has also trained many high school and college students in dance education and master educators. Some of her past students have gone on to dance with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, cruise ships, and Walt Disney World, as well as prestigious colleges like Pointe Park University, Brigham Young University, and Utah Valley University.
Chitwood has been choreographing many styles of dance, including tap, modern and hip-hop since 1999. He has received special recognition and exclusive awards for his cutting-edge choreography and music composition. Chitwood has designed extraordinary light schemes for hundreds of shows and has designed and constructed sets for numerous theatre, studio, and dance productions. He has performed, choreographed, and taught Master Classes throughout the United States. Recently, Chitwood has taken full control over his artistic vision by choreographing, composing, and designing the dance, music, and set for his pieces that have been performed at the National festivals presented by RDA.