Ballet to salute Alabama

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 13, 2010

What do classical ballet, fiddle music, the Commodores and “Sweet Home, Alabama” have in common?
They are all a part of the Andalusia Ballet’s Spring Showcase, which this year will be a “Salute to Alabama.”
Dance teacher Callie Edgar Hatchett said instructors picked “lively Alabama fiddle music” for this year’s classical ballet performance, and chose a number of songs either written by or about Alabama for a whole section of tap and jazz dances.
“We listened to a lot of fiddle music before we chose a piece by Roy Crawford, who’s an Alabama artist,” she said of the ballet.
There are lots of mixes and remixes of “Sweet Home, Alabama,” she said. “Brick House” by the Alabama band the Commodores, “Stars Fell on Alabama,” and the Auburn and Alabama fight songs are among the other musical selections.
“The students love it,” Hatchett said. “At first they looked at us a little strangely, but now they like it a lot.”
The Andalusia Ballet’s graduating seniors, Daley Kappenman and Lauren Powell, will each perform a solo and Kate Barrow will be performing the Peasant Pas de Deux from Giselle with Jarrod Sickles from the Montgomery Ballet.
Prior to the curtain opening, Andalusia Ballet will recognize and pay tribute to the 2009-2010 Corporate Sponsors. They are:
Gold Sponsors:  The Martha and Solon Dixon Foundation and The Wachovia Foundation
Silver Sponsor: Andalusia Regional Hospital
Bronze Sponsors: Andalusia Star-News, Covington Electric Co-operative, Inc., CCB Community Bank, CenturyLink, LBW Community College, Murphy, Murphy & McCalman, PC, Power South Energy Cooperative, Rabren, Odom, Pierce and Hayes, PC, and Superior Bank
Additionally, Andalusia Ballet will announce the the Board Member of the Year and the Volunteer of the Year.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  Tickets will be available at the door and may be purchased in advance at the Andalusia Ballet located behind Ansley Place on East Three Notch Street.