Happily, there are several dance entities in the Augusta community. But since we share some confusingly similar names, you might be wondering who we are and how each of us fits into the landscape of the Augusta dance world. Let us explain...
History - Augusta Ballet as it stands today was established in 2006 against a backdrop of waning support for nonprofits, especially in the Augusta arts community. Since 1964 the organization had existed as a dance school and professional performing company under the leadership of former New York City Ballet dancer and father of ballet in Augusta, Ron Colton. In order to relieve the organization of debts it had incurred, the Board and Executive Director of Augusta Ballet at the time made the difficult decision to release the professional dancers and artistic staff from their contracts.
Current role - Augusta Ballet, no longer associated with a school or performing group, evolved as the leading presenter of world-class ballet in Augusta. Augusta Ballet supplements local dance with performances by world-renowned visiting artists. In recent years, we have presented Martha Graham Dance Company, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company, Ballet Hispanico, Momix: Botannica, and Garth Fagan. Our first presentation of our New Traditions Dance Festival in January of 2016 will feature the unparalleled Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Legacy - By exposing diverse audiences of all ages to great performance, enhancing local ballet training with master classes from visiting experts, educating the public about ballet and providing dance camps for children in Augusta, Augusta Ballet is enriching the lives of CSRA residents and ensuring that there will be future generations of audiences for dance in our city.