Huntsville Ballet opens 2021-2022 season with Unplugged with Carnival of the Animals – The Madison Record


Huntsville Ballet has announced the opening of the 2021-2022 season with the highly anticipated Disconnected series showcasing both classical and contemporary choreography, including Animal carnival and two preview works: Moral Virtue and Pictures Open. Disconnected is scheduled October 22-24 at the Dream Theater in Huntsville.

The Dream Theater is located on the Rock Family Worship Center campus, 3401 Holmes Ave in Huntsville. Parking is free. All tickets cost $ 35 and are available at

Animal carnival was composed in 1886 by Camille Saint-SaÑ‘ns to musically express some of the silly habits his friends shared with animals. The piece consists of 14 movements, each of which uses the sounds of the orchestra to mimic the sounds of an animal, from roosters and elephants to kangaroos. “Animal carnival promises to delight kids and adults alike, ”said Phillip Otto, artistic director of Huntsville Ballet. “Each year, we try to capture the imagination of our audience by introducing them to a variety of ballets and compositions. For this performance, we enlisted the help of local favorites Ron Roberts and Wilson Luquire to tell the humorous lines inspired by this popular piece, ”said Otto. Phillip Otto, Rachel Butler and Cathy Curry collaborated to create a stylized choreography for the different animals that come to life.

Moral Virtue, a new work by artistic director, Phillip Otto, is to the music of Antoninus

Dvořák’s String Quartet No.10 in E flat, Op.51. Speaking of his choreography, Otto said: “Moral Virtue does not tell any story. The dancers move like water transformed by music, flowing graceful arcs, limbs in constant motion, painting an image that sound alone cannot achieve. They bring a wordless interpretation of rhythms, soft strings, in a way the audience can understand no matter what language they speak. In this way, dancing is not just movement, but the most honest form of communication that I know of.

Free images, a catchy new piece by Stephanie Braly-Beutjer, set to music by Karl Jenkins. He was inspired by the many dancers that Braly-Beutjer has taught in the Images Dance Ensemble at Grissom High School over the past 25 years. “The artwork represents a joyful and abandoned movement using unrestrained, unhindered but powerful movement through time and space,” said Braly-Beutjer. “I dedicate this piece to my former students who inspired and pushed me to be not only a better teacher and choreographer, but also a better person.”


Huntsville Ballet’s mission is to use the power of dance to inspire and nurture the art of classical ballet through artistic excellence, performance experiences and community outreach activities. Huntsville Ballet grew with the bustling city of Huntsville, Alabama. As Huntsville’s first ballet company since 1964, Huntsville Ballet has a long and rich history in the art of dance. The Huntsville Ballet Company brings the finest quality of dance to the area, performing ballets such as Romeo and Juliet, Fire Bird, and The Sleeping Beauty. Every year, Nutcracker offers students of the Huntsville School of Ballet the opportunity to audition and perform with the company at the VBC Concert Hall.

Huntsville Ballet Company and Huntsville Ballet School operate under the umbrella of the Community Ballet Association, Inc., a non-profit member of the state and local arts councils.


Catherine curry was Director of Outreach and Education for the Huntsville Ballet side 2012. Ms. Curry began her dance training in Huntsville. After securing a full scholarship, Ms. Curry obtained a BFA in Dance from Florida State University where she had the opportunity to study and perform with renowned professors such as Suzanne Farrell, Buglisi / Foreman, Doug Varone. and Jowole Zollar, director of Urban Bush Women.

Philippe Otto has been Artistic Director of Huntsville Ballet since 2008. Born in New York, Mr. Otto was educated at the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater School and Joffrey School, among others. As a child, Mr. Otto was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Choir and danced with the New York City Ballet, the American Ballet Theater, the Royal Ballet in London, the Stuttgart Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet. As an adult, Mr. Otto danced the roles of principal and soloist with the Milwaukee Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Rachel Butler has been a ballet mistress for the Huntsville Ballet Company since 2008. Ms. Butler trained with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Academy. As a professional dancer, Ms. Butler has performed the roles of soloist and principal with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Pennsylvania Ballet. Ms. Butler is sought after as a guest artist across the United States.

Stephanie Braly-Beutjer holds an MA and BA from Texas Christian University and a BS from Alabama A&M. For 25 years, Ms. BralyBeutjer has been a dance director at Grissom High School, artistic director for Images Dance Ensemble and Co. 2, and director / choreographer for the Grissom Fine Arts program. Additionally, she is on the dance faculty of the Huntsville Ballet School, choreographed for the Huntsville Ballet Company, and teaches music and movement at the Twickenham Church of Christ, Twickenham Kids.

For more information, call Huntsville Ballet at (256) 539-0961 or visit


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