The Ballethnic Dance Company is a classically trained, culturally diverse performing company, while the Academy of Dance provides professional training for children and adults. It is our mission to involve the community, especially youth and those who are financially disadvantaged, in an appreciation of our unique art form. Through our programming, we instill in children an interest in the culture of dance and offer them new outlets for expression and enjoyment. Ballethnic has also separated itself from other professional companies by creating and producing original productions, all of which give local dancers and students of diverse backgrounds to participate.
Ballethnic Dance Company’s signature production, The Leopard Tale. Choreographed by Co-Founder, Waverly T. Lucas, II, this ballet eloquently fuses classical ballet and African Dance into a high energy, action-filled, and powerful performance. Act I of The Leopard Tale was developed in 1991 and Act II was added in 1994. Set to an original musical score composed by L. Gerard Reid, this production displays the unique style of Ballethnic that is unforgettable. Can you catch the leopard?
Big Mama shares the story of the Journey down Atlanta’s own Sweet Auburn Avenue in the 1940’s. It is a magical dance production featuring a cast of over 80 performers. Enjoy the soulful celebration, as the Reggae Ragdolls spin, the sultry Arabians dance, the Black Russians leap, Mother Spice with her Spice Drops tumble, and the Coca Cola Pas de Six, dance a bubbly dance. It is all led by the elegant Brown Sugar and her Chocolatier.