Community Ballet Association

Community Ballet Association was incorporated in 1963.  The organization is the 501-c3 non-profit which encompasses  Huntsville Ballet School and Huntsville Ballet Company.

The mission of Community Ballet is to inspire a love of dance in children and adults throughout the Tennessee Valley region through school classes, Huntsville Ballet Company performances and educational programs for all ages and to present world class professional dance performances to the Tennessee Valley

Huntsville Ballet (Community Ballet Association) is a contender for Huntsville/Madison County Chamber’s Nonprofit of the Year for the 2019 Small Business Awards!

Community Ballet Association Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President - Sherry L. Polk

First Vice-President - Steve Weisberg

Second Vice-President - Ann Buffaloe

Treasurer - Lynn Kerkhof

Recording Secretary - Kasey Golden

Corresponding Secretary - Debbie Baughn


Annelle Craig

Dannye Drake *Emeritus

Garrett Estes * Consultant

Becky Garrison * Emeritus

Angelen Hochberger * Emeritus

Marcia Huffman

Carolyn Jenke *Emeritus

Jim Kendall

Dr. Larry McDaniel

Joan May

Julie Meehan

Marion Merrell *Emeritus

Mr. Michael Rutledge

Robert Salinas

Reid Scott

Lyda Smith *Emeritus

Jodi Stephens

John Taylor, esq.

Charles Turner

CBA Profile

History Community Ballet Association/Huntsville Ballet School

Huntsville Ballet Company and Huntsville Ballet School both operate under the umbrella of Community Ballet Association (CBA Inc.). The Community Ballet Association was incorporated February 17, 1964 as a non-profit organization and became a member of the Huntsville Arts Council, Inc. In April 1964, Loyd B. Tygett was hired as Artistic Director of Community Ballet School and the Huntsville Civic Ballet Company. Before coming to Huntsville, Mr. Tygett danced professionally with the Chicago Opera Ballet, American Festival Ballet, and London Ballet. He was well-known as a choreographer and as an artist where he painted over 60 backdrops for the ballet organization. He served as Artistic Director of the HBC until his retirement in 1997. 

New Direction

With the addition of Artistic Director, Phil Otto and School Director, Rachel Butler in 2008, the direction of Huntsville Ballet School and Huntsville Ballet Company has reached a new level.  Huntsville Ballet School is now recognized for professional dance training in Huntsville and surrounding areas.  HBS/HBC offers programs for the dancer who desires to pursue a career as a professional or for the recreational dancer who just wants to receive the best training. Rachel Butler and her faculty provide exceptional dance training to align with our student goals.  The goal and vision of the school is to prepare dancers for acceptance into Huntsville Ballet Company (HBC), as well as many prestigious summer programs around the United States.

The City of Huntsville recently recognized Huntsville Ballet Company as "The Premier Dance Company" in the city where we take pride in sharing the art of dance in the community while continuing to grow our vision of our School and Company.  Over the last few years,  Huntsville Ballet Company, has recently hired several professional dancers with extensive resumes. Community Ballet Association Board of Directors supports the vision of Artistic Director Phil Otto.  In order to reach our vision, funding is a vital component that tuition alone cannot support. We rely heavily upon those who support us by being a season ticket subscriber, donor, volunteer or sponsor.  

HBC/HBS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization where all donations are tax deductible. All monies are utilized to help achieve the mission and goals of our School and Company.