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Atlanta Ballet's commitment to dance education and performance has inspired audiences everywhere through the empowering joy of dance.
Atlanta Ballet was founded over eight decades ago by dance visionary Dorothy Alexander (1904-1986). Miss Dorothy had a dream of bringing quality ballet to the Atlanta community. The result was the Dorothy Alexander Concert Group—the first step in the regional ballet movement that swept the nation. Upon gaining professional status in 1967, the company was renamed Atlanta Ballet. Today, under the artistic leadership of John McFall, Atlanta Ballet is the oldest continually-operating professional dance company in America, the largest self-supported arts organization in Georgia, and the official State Ballet of Georgia.
Atlanta Ballet's eclectic repertoire spans the history of ballet, highlighted by the most beloved classics and the most inventive originals. Although a renowned leader in the promotion and education of dance, Atlanta Ballet's roots have been firmly grounded in the community and playing a vital role in the city's cultural growth and revitalization.
The Company has also served as an ambassador for Atlanta nationally and internationally, performing around the globe-from the stages of Taipei in Taiwan to the Presidential Palace and the Sejong Cultural Arts Center in Seoul, Korea. In 1996, the Company performed during the Olympic Arts Festival/Cultural Olympiad, and in 1999, Atlanta Ballet debuted in London performing John McFall's enchanting Peter Pan as the centerpiece of Royal Festival Hall's millennium celebration.
In 1958, Miss Dorothy invited Robert Barnett, a soloist with the acclaimed New York City Ballet and a protégé of George Balanchine, to join the Company as a principal dancer. Upon her retirement in 1963, Barnett was named artistic director and introduced many Balanchine masterworks into the repertoire including The Nutcracker. For more than 30 years Barnett expanded Miss Dorothy's dream of excellence.
John McFall became the Ballet's third artistic director in 1994. McFall's imagination and innovative vision have brought contemporary and mode