Atlanta Ballet is the oldest professional dance company still functioning today in the United States. Founded in 1929 under the name the Dorothy Alexander Dance Concert Group, the company has grown to become Georgia’s largest self-supported arts organization. The ballet has a strong presence in Atlanta’s cultural community, having distinguished itself as international performers and as innovative collaborators with other artists, such as the Indigo Girls and OutKast’s Big Boi.
As with most arts organization, funds are consistently uncertain and in the summer of 2006 the company scrapped its orchestra and switched to digital music as a cost-saving strategy. The issue was (and still is) controversial and it’s far from solved, yet through a generous gift, Atlanta Ballet has been fortunate enough to secure the benefits of a live orchestra, at least for the time being, once again.
Atlanta Ballet Information
- Venues: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway); Fox Theatre (660 Peachtree Street NE); The Alliance Stage at the Woodruff Arts Center (1280 Peachtree Street NE)
- Public Transportation: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (a 6-minute walk from bus 12 at Cobb Parkway SE/Riverwood Parkway); Fox Theatre (a short walk from buses 2, 99, and 110 at 3rd Street NE/Peachtree Street NE; and a 5-minute walk from bus 26 and the Gold and Red Lines at the North Avenue Station); The Alliance Stage at the Woodruff Arts Center (a 3-minute walk from buses 37 and 110, and the Gold and Red Lines at the Arts Center Station)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good at all venues
- Performances/Programs: 6 per season with multiple performances of most
- Ticket Prices: Range from $28–$103 depending on seat selection. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more
- Subscriptions: Subscription packages are available. Subscriber benefits include discounts on additional tickets; ticket insurance; a subscription to the Above the Barre eNewsletter; and more
- Membership: Pre Professional ($100–$249); Fellowship ($250–$499); Apprentice ($500–$999); Ensemble ($1,000–$2,499); Soloist Circle ($2,500–$4,999); Principal Circle ($5,000–$9,999); Director’s Circle ($10,000+). Depending on level, member benefits include a subscription to the Above the Barre eNewsletter; invitations to the Pointe of View lecture series; recognition in performance playbills; a 10% discount at the Atlanta Ballet Boutique; invitations to in-studio previews and receptions; exclusive access to the Dorothy Alexander Donor Lounge during evening season performances; invitations to the annual Welcome to the Season event; opportunity for an Insider’s Backstage Tour; invitations to events with visiting choreographers and artists; invitations to the annual Director’s Circle Dinner at the Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre; and more.