ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

ALICIA CHITWOOD  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 Association's Festivals including two Regional Dance America National Festivals and has had choreography chosen 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.

BRANDON CHITWOOD started his dance training started under Lynn Fleetwood Dukes in high school and later studied tap under Robert Reed and Mark Mendonca along with being self taught. Since 1999, Brandon has been teaching and choreographing many styles of dance including tap, modern, and hip hop. He has received special recognition and exclusive awards for his cutting edge choreography, music composition, and set designs. Brandon has designed extraordinary light schemes for hundreds of shows and has designed and constructed sets for numerous theatre, studio and dance productions. In recent years, Brandon has taken full control over his artistic vision by choreographing, composing, and designing the dance, music, and set for his pieces that have been selected to be performed at Regional Dance America Festivals each year.

SERBA/RDA

The Southeast Regional Ballet Association (SERBA) is one of five regional organizations of Regional Dance America (RDA). SERBA 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.

 

SERBA 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 SERBA Companies.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The SBT Board of Directors is composed of community leaders, business executives, and friends of the ballet. Through monthly meetings and committees, this group of committed individuals maintains and oversees SBT’s financial and administrative stability and plans for the future.

 

Brandon Chitwood, President

brandonchitwood@southernballettheatre.com

 

Kristin Melton, Secretary

kristinmelton@southernballettheatre.com

 

Thomas Wetzel, Treasurer

thomaswetzel@southernballettheatre.com

 

Alicia Chitwood

aliciachitwood@southernballettheatre.com

 

Laura Blatterman

laurablatterman@southernballettheatre.com

 

Kevin Powers

kevinpowers@southernballettheatre.com

 

 

 

AUDITIONS

Auditions are held every year in May for the next season.  If you missed auditions please contact us at 678.682.9238 or info@southernballettheatre.com

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