Tupelo Ballet

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The Tupelo Ballet is comprised of over 30 dedicated dance students who audition and are accepted to the company. These students train numerous hours of technical study and sign a contract yearly. Company acceptance gives our members numerous opportunities to perform outside of only a studio setting. Sharon Long, Artistic Director, is supported by a Board of Directors who meet quarterly and approve production and financial logistics.

Mission: The objectives of the Tupelo Ballet are to foster interest in classical ballet and other forms of dance, to provide professional excellence in dance training, to offer serious dancers an opportunity to perform regularly, and to provide programs of the highest artistic quality for the North Mississippi area.

Tickets for Sleeping Beauty will be available on Monday, February 17 at 10:00 am. Visit tupeloballet.com for link to purchase.

Once a dancer, always a dancer! Sharon Long


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Thank you to everyone in our community who supported the “Blue Suede Shoes“ production yesterday. Our sponsors, City, and South Arts made this possible as we celebrated the King’s 85th birthday. Our audience was amazing! The master class was educational and the reception for the dancers at the birthplace was so much fun with Dennis Nahat and the artistic staff participating in our celebration. What an honor for our company and board to have this presenting opportunity. I thank our back stage crew, especially Jim, for the beautiful lights. It takes a village to present professional companies in performances and I humbly acknowledge my thanks for each person, group, and company who made this possible. Now on to “Sleeping Beauty” with live music by the North Mississippi Orchestra on April 4th. Tickets will be available online sometime in February at tupeloballet.com.

tupeloballet.com The Tupelo Ballet is a non-profit organization chartered in 1982. The founder, Sharon Long, serves as artistic director. The Ballet is funded from various sources including grants from the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Southern Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

A wonderful night with Dennis Nahat, Alabama Ballet, our Tupelo Ballet Board of Directors, and our sponsors. Elvis has now left the building!

Master Class with Alabama Ballet Associate Director, Roger Vanfleteren.

Excited to have Alabama Ballet here for dress rehearsal. Get your tickets!

Preview of Bob Mackie costumes and set!

[01/08/20]   Some final practice time before Alabama Ballet packs up their blue suede shoes and heads west on I-22!

A poignant scene during Blue Suede Shoes!

About to hit the airwaves on Sunny 93.3. Thanks, Tom Brown!


Alabama Ballet to perform 'Blue Suede Shoes' in Tupelo

Great story! Thanks so much, Bobby Pepper.

djournal.com TUPELO • Not long after the Alabama Ballet bought the rights to the production “Blue Suede Shoes,” Artistic Director Tracey Alvey placed a phone call.

We are ready to shake, rattle, and roll into performance week. Costumes and set by Hollywood designer Bob Mackie and amazing choreography by the fabulous Dennis Nahat! Tickets available at tupeloballet.com.

[01/04/20]   Thank ya, thank ya very much! Take a sneak peak at this amazing performance coming to Tupelo next week! Happy 85th birthday, Elvis! Visit tupeloballet.com for tickets and more information.

Come see Boss Man, Long Tall Sally, The Boys, and the rest of this talented and amazing cast from Alabama Ballet! Blue Suede Shoes will be performed on Saturday, January 11th at 3:00 pm @THS’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets available at tupeloballet.com

Dance your way into the New Year and help us celebrate Elvis's 85th Birthday with a fabulous production of "Blue Suede Shoes" by Alabama Ballet. Tickets are available at www.tupeloballet.com. 3:00 pm on January 11, 2020 at THS Performing Arts Center

Great coverage of the Nutcracker thanks to Company member Massie Eckard and fellow WTHS team!

Our matineé show is completely sold out! Good news...we have tickets available for our evening performance. You may purchase these from the box office today at the Ruth Liveakos Performing Arts Center at Tupelo High School. Box office opens today at 1:00 pm and will also be open beginning at 6:30 pm.

Our youngest performers took the stage tonight during Second Act dress rehearsal. So proud of our angels, peppermints, and Sugar Plum Princesses!

Great job on the Noon Show, ladies!

Thursday, Dec. 5 is your last chance to purchase Nutcracker tickets online for our December 7 performances. After Thursday, you will purchase them at the box office, which will open 1 hour prior to each performance. Matinée performance has less than 30 tickets for sale at this point.

[12/04/19]   Tune in to the WTVA Noon News today to see Artistic Director Sharon Long and Spanish Soloist Carrie Rakestraw advertise our 37th Nutcracker!

Nutcracker Week is in full swing!

A little peek at Monday night’s Act 1 rehearsal

[12/01/19]   In honor of Nutcracker Week!

One week away from Nutcracker with these sweet seniors!

Senior Spotlight: Maury Johnston, daughter of Carley and Richard Johnston, began dancing at TADA when she was three years old. Maury attends Tupelo High School where she is a member of Synergy showchoir, a senior class officer and president of the Visual Arts club. In her free time, Maury enjoys hanging out with her friends, watching movie marathons with her three sisters, cheering on the Golden Wave and painting or drawing portraits. Maury plans on being a pre-med Studio Art major. She is an active member of Calvary Baptist Church and is a member of the youth praise band. Maury is especially excited to share the stage this year with her younger sister, Rebecca, during her Chinese solo. She will also be a member of the Waltz of the Flowers corps. Photograph used with permission by Faith Riley Photography.

Senior Spotlight: Ginny Gray is the daughter of Mickey and Lisa Gray. She has been dancing since age 2 in Jackson, FL, Houston, Tx, and in Tupelo for the last four years. She loves preforming not only with Tupelo Ballet but in THS Madrigals and Vocal Jazz along with Doniphan Dance Project. Ginny will be attending the University of Alabama and majoring in dance in the fall of 2020. She is going to be featured in the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She has been a Spanish and Russian soloist and this year she will be performing as the Marzipan evening soloist, the Mouse King, and Waltz of the Flowers Demi-soloist. She is grateful to be a part of this wonderful group of seniors who have loved her and made her feel at home since she arrived in Tupelo. Photo used by permission from Faith Riley Photography.

Senior Spotlight: Carrie Rakestraw is the daughter of Michael and Dana Rakestraw. She has been dancing since age 3. Carrie is a student at Ingomar High School where she is President of the Senior Class and Treasurer of Student Council. She is also an active member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, National High School Scholars Society, and Beta Club. Carrie has been an active member of Union County Theatre for 5 years. She attended the 2019 Rockette Summer Intensive in NYC. She will be featured in the 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. She loves hanging out with dance friends and plans to attend Ole Miss in the fall. This year, Carrie will be featured as the Spanish soloist as well as a member of Waltz of the Flowers. Photo used with permission by Faith Riley Photography.

Senior Spotlight: Lydia Asters is the daughter of Wes and Alicia Asters. She has been dancing since the age of three. Dance has taught her discipline, enhanced her confidence, and has given her some of the sweetest friends. Lydia is an active member of Calvary Baptist Church's youth group. She is a student at Tupelo High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society and also a Rotary Scholar. Lydia loves spending time with her family and friends and hanging out in her favorite coffee shop: Strangebrew. Her favorite Nutcracker role has been the Arabian soloist. This year, Lydia will perform the role of Snow Queen as well as a member of Waltz of the Flowers corps. Photo used by permission from Faith Riley Photography.


Tupelo Ballet prepares for 37th annual 'Nutcracker'

We love our Nutcracker Holiday Tradition!

djournal.com TUPELO - Long before they became the Claras of this year's Tupelo Ballet production of "The Nutcracker," Addison Eaves and Catherine Sanders played the beginner roles.

Senior Spotlight: Alyssa Brohawn is the daughter of Marie and Bill Brohawn. At four years old, she began her dance classes at TADA. This is her seventh year as a Tupelo Ballet Company member. Alyssa is trained in multiple styles: ballet, lyrical, contemporary, musical theater, jazz, tap, and hip hop. Her favorites are ballet and contemporary. Alyssa was a piano student for four years and still enjoys playing music. She is a student at Tupelo High School where she was involved in show choir receiving the Outstanding Dancer Award in 2019. This year will be Alyssa's 12th year to perform in the Nutcracker. She is the Arabian soloist as well as a member of the Waltz of the Flowers corps. Photo used by permission from Faith Riley Photography.

The cutest Cannon Boys will take the stage during the Nutcracker’s Fight Scene! Need tickets? Visit tupeloballet.com for link to purchase.

Senior Spotlight: Anna Caryl Justice is the daughter of Amy and Allen Justice. She is a student at Tupelo High School. She works at Reed's Department Store and loves to hang out with her friends and her dog, Skippy. Anna Caryl has been dancing since age 3. Her favorite style of dance is contemporary. During her first performance in the Nutcracker, she was featured as an angel although her favorite role thus far has been Arabian corps. This year, Anna Caryl will be featured as the Russian soloist as well as a corps member in Waltz of the Flowers. Photo used by permission from Faith Riley Photography.

Senior Spotlight: Katie Cook Riley is the daughter of Chris and Jennifer Riley. She has been a dancer since she was three years old. Katie Cook is a student at Oxford High School where she serves as Captain of the Oxford Chargerettes dance team. She will attend Mississippi State University next fall majoring in Spanish with a Pre-Law Focus. Katie Cook will be featured in the Nutcracker as Waltz of the Flowers soloist and a member of Spanish corps. Photo used by permission from Faith Riley Photography.

Senior Spotlight: Massie Eckard is the daughter of Beth and Dax Eckard. She has danced at Tupelo Academy of Dance Arts since age 3. She is a student at Tupelo High School and is involved in Broadcast Journalism. She is also a Diamond Girl for the Varsity Baseball team. Massie is an active member at First United Methodist Church. Her plans are to attend the University of Mississippi majoring in Biology. Massie will be featured as Marzipan Matinée soloist, Waltz of the Flowers Demi-Soloist, and Nutcracker. Photo used by permission from Faith Riley Photography.

2019 Nutcracker Sneak Peek! Thank you to the Cleggs for our providing our beautiful outdoor setting each year.

Our Snow Corps has been rehearsing for their part in the Nutcracker, bringing in this cold weather!

Tickets go on sale MONDAY, Nov. 4 at 10:00 a.m. Visit tupeloballet.com for link to purchase. $20 for all tickets. Thank ya! Thank ya very much.

Tupelo Ballet is proud to present Alabama Ballet in their production of “Blue Suede Shoes!” This is a fabulous production featuring 36 toe-tapping songs by Elvis Presley. Costumes and set by Hollywood designer Bob Mackie and original choreography by Dennis Nahat. This will be a great way to honor the King’s 85th birthday. We are thankful to our grand sponsors, Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau and BancorpSouth! Ticket sales begin on Monday, November 4th at 10:00 am by visiting www.tupeloballet.com.

A little Waltz of the Flowers to brighten your Monday!

We loved being a part of Civic Ballet’s Tupelo Arts Showcase tonight at the Link Centre. Great collaboration of the arts in our community!

Warming up before the performance of Hymn at Tupelo Arts Showcase

Civic Ballet

Civic Ballet welcomes Tupelo Ballet under the artistic direction of Sharon Long to this year's Tupelo Arts Showcase! For ticket information visit www.civicballet.org

Sharon began her early training under the direction of Mary Alice McAlister. Since that time, she has studied dance extensively with famed teachers such as David Howard, Anne Burton Avery, and others. She has attended numerous teacher workshops in New York City and Dallas, Texas. Sharon choreographed sixteen years of show choir performances at Tupelo High School, founding that program with Dr. Tim Coker. She served as Dance Director for Itawamba Community College Show Choir Camps and has choreographed numerous productions for Tupelo High School, ICC, and Tupelo Community Theatre. She has choreographed and staged 31 productions of The Nutcracker, three productions of Sleeping Beauty, four productions of Cinderella, excerpts from Les Sylphides, a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and others. She has been instrumental in presenting various professional companies in performances and residences, including Ohio Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Chicago City Ballet, Dallas Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and in September 2011, Bad Boys of Dance. In 2006, Alabama Ballet and the Tupelo Ballet, under the direction of Wes Chapman and Sharon, presented a full-length production of Swan Lake. In March 2010 the Tupelo Ballet performed Giselle in cooperation with guest professional dancers from Ballet West and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

In September 2008, Sharon attended the Southern Arts Federation Performing Arts Seminar as a scholarship recipient from the Mississippi Arts Commission. In 2006, she was awarded Arts Educator of the Year from the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Educators. Sharon has served on special committees for Mississippi Arts Commission and has taught numerous dance movement classes for the Tupelo Public School District. She is a charter member of the Mississippi Dance Association, having served as President and Vice-President, and has been an officer and member of the Cultural Alliance of Tupelo/Lee County, now the Tupelo Arts Council. Sharon works closely with the Mississippi Non-Profit Organization, attending workshops and conventions, and is a member of Northeast Women's Business Association.

As founder and director of Tupelo Academy of Dance Arts since 1976, Mrs. Long's classical and theatre dance training has touched thousands of students. Many of these dancers continue to pursue dance and teaching careers. Former students continue to teach and share their love of dance within our own community. Sharon is committed to expanding her knowledge and understanding of the arts and its impact on our community. Her passion for dance education and performance continues to set high standards stressing arts education for future generations.

A reminder that online ticket sales for the Nutcracker (Dec. 7 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm) begin today at 10:00 am CDT. Visit www.tupeloballet.com for link to purchase. For all questions, please email [email protected]

It’s that time of year! Nutcracker Tickets will go on sale MONDAY, Oct. 14 at 10 am CST. Go to www.tupeloballet.com and follow the link to purchase tickets. Thanks for supporting Tupelo Ballet! $30 Adults, $20 senior adults, $15 children/students.

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