Whether training to become professional dancers or exploring ballet as a hobby, students at Huntsville Ballet School hone their craft under the guidance of seasoned dance experts. Artistic director Phillip Otto taught master classes in ballet at Yale and Vassar College, and school director Rachel Butler danced and taught across the world in places like China, Australia, and Turkey. The school operates in tandem with the Huntsville Ballet, giving dancers an opportunity to audition for performances alongside the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Former students have gone on to study at prestigious dance schools across the nation, while others have become mirror models for bedroom danceoffs.
Theatre Tuscaloosa sprang directly from the Tuscaloosa Community Players, a rag-tag troupe formed in 1971 that played hotels, churches, and the castles of wealthy Southerners before it moved to the Bama Theatre late in the decade. By the end of the 20th century, Theatre Tuscaloosa had racked up a wall full of awards, including the Governor’s Arts Award and numerous Druid Arts Awards. 1998 saw the completion of the Bean-Brown Theatre, which serves as Theatre Tuscaloosa’s current home. It’s also the site of the company’s first world premiere, A Dickens of a Carol, scored by Alabamian Brad Simmons.
Rave Motion Pictures screens the summer blockbusters in 20 auditoriums outfitted with stadium seating. The theaters' digital projectors allow projectionists to easily play such gripping tales as Scream 4, a documentary about Sidney Prescott's return to Woodsboro, where Ghostface threatens the townspeople's safety (movies playing subject to change). Stretch out while watching as rows are spaced 48 inches apart from one another, one for each of the states recognized by most public-school systems. Check showtimes online for all the movies screening throughout the summer.
Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown pulls no punches as living-legend Willie Nelson and a posse of hit-making deputies coat eardrums in vibrant layers of pure country topped with authentic honky-tonk. Spearheading the celebration, Willie shares his swollen songbook, impeccable picking, and inimitable voice, crafting melodies that resonate through the antennae of music lovers of every ilk. The event’s aural buffet also features a diverse assortment of breakout jongleurs; artists who may be performing include Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, and Lee Brice.
For more than 15 years, David Miner Ballroom has tutored footloose pupils in the fundamentals of classic dancing. Floor stompers searching for a routine enjoy three beginners classes, building up to a masterful crescendo of cha-cha-chas that they may exhibit at the dance party, at future events, or on unsupervised airplane runways. A schedule swells with various available techniques, including choreographed classics such as beginners ballroom waltz or foxtrot, which set the endeavoring dancer on the path toward smooth, fluid glides and patterns of elegant movement. Romantic rug-cutters revel in beginners ballroom rumba, which spins students through the festive footwork of Latin rhythms, and beginners tango classes imbibe students with the skills needed to fit in at the hottest accordion-based nightclubs.