The Company holds a long and rich history in the art of dance and is working to expand and challenge its repertoire. Huntsville Ballet Company brings the finest quality of dance to the region, performing ballets such as The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, The Firebird, Cinderella, and The Sleeping Beauty along with their annual Fall production of Unplugged, which showcases a different feature ballet along with collaborations, cutting edge pieces and traditional works from guest choreographers each year.  

AUDITION FOR THE COMPANY: Positions are available for male and female dancers to train and perform with North Alabama's premiere ballet company.  Send resume and video to phil@huntsvilleballet.org


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR PHILLIP OTTO

Mr. Otto has served as the Artistic Director for the Huntsville Ballet since 2008. Born in New York, Mr. Otto has trained at the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre School, and the Joffrey School, among others. As a child Mr. Otto was a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s children’s chorus and danced with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, London’s Royal Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet. As an adult Mr. Otto danced principal and soloists roles with Milwaukee Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

After retiring as a featured soloist from Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1996, Mr. Otto was the first company member ever to be asked to join the faculty of Pacific Northwest Ballet School and went on to direct Pacific Northwest Ballet’s student company as well as the companies outreach and educational programs for which he was nominated for the State of Washington’s Golden Apple award for excellence in education. Mr. Otto has worked and trained with such distinguished artists as George Balanchine, Peter Martins, Jerome Robins, Kent Stowell, Francia Russell, Bojan Spasoff, Robert Weiss and Lynn Taylor- Corbett, Violette Verdi, Richard Thomas, Alexandra Danilova, Lar Lubavitch, Andre Eglevsky and Ted Kivitt, among others. Mr. Otto’s dancing credits include principle roles in (George Balanchine’s)“Who Care’s”, The Four Temperaments, Western Symphony, Concerto Borocco, La Valse, Symphony in C, Nutcracker, Prodical Son, Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, (Cranko’s) Romeo and Juliet, (Limons) Moor’s Pavane, (Forsythe’s) Love Songs, (Lynn Taylor- Corbett’s) Brahms Sonata’s, Code Of Silence, The Quilt, Tunes Great Galloping Gottschalk and Final Draft among others. In addition, Mr. Otto serves as permanent guest faculty for the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia and has taught master classes for Vassar College, Yale University, the Kennedy Center and the Edinburgh Festival among other schools and companies throughout the United States and Scotland.


BALLET MISTRESS RACHEL BUTLER

Ms. Butler has  served as Ballet Mistress for the Huntsville Ballet Company since 2008. Ms. Butler trained with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and the Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Academy. As a professional Dancer Ms. Butler danced Soloist and Principle roles with Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet and has been sought after as a guest artist throughout the United States. Ms. Butler has trained and worked with Bruce Wells, Violette Verdy, Richard Tanner, Robert Weiss, Kent Stowell, Francia Russell, Patricia Neary, Bart Cook, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Suzanne Farrell, Bojan Spasoff and Stephanie Wolf, among others.

As A ballet mistress Ms. Butler has set ballets for New Haven Ballet, and served as Assistant Ballet mistress of children’s roles for Kent Stowell’s and Maurice Sendack's world renowned production of The Nutcracker. Ms. Butler's dancing credits include (George Balanchine’s) Four Temperaments, Ballet Imperial, Divertimento #15, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Symphony in C, Who Cares, Stars and Stripes, and Western Symphony. (Kent Stowell’s) Firebird, Nutcracker, Swan Lake. (Jerome Robins) Fanfare and ballet’s choreographed by William Forsythe, Peter Martins and Paul Taylor among others. Ms. Butler’s teaching credits include Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Rock School for Dance Education, Mid-Atlantic Ballet and Albany Dance Institute. Ms. Butler has also traveled the world dancing and teaching in China, Turkey, Australia, London and Scotland and has performed for The Kennedy Center and New York’s City Center.

Ms. Butler is also the director of the Huntsville Ballet School.


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ALFREDO ESPINOSA

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Born in Havana, Cuba, Alfredo started dancing at the age of nine at the Alejo Carpentier School of Dance in Habana. He later studied at the Camaguey School of Ballet where he had the opportunity to learn other forms of dance. He was invited to join the Camaguey Ballet Company in 2012. While there, Alfredo danced in Swan Lake and Ravel’s Bolero. After one year with the Camaguey Ballet Company, he was asked to join the Laura Alonso Ballet Havana. With the Alonso Ballet, Alfredo performed in Le Corsaire, Don Quixote and Dracula. Alfredo toured with Dracula to the International Ballet Festival in Tamaulipas, Mexico. In 2014, he joined the JFK Contemporary Dance Company in New York City where he performed at Lincoln Center and Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. He then joined Ballet Spartanburg in South Carolina where he appeared in Cinderella and Nutcracker as well as in contemporary pieces by Carlos Agudelo. He is currently working with Cary Ballet under the direction of Mariaelana Ruiz. This year at YAGP semifinals, he took third place with his portrayal of the slave in Le Corsaire. He also appeared as a guest artist with the Highland Ballet in Bristol, Virginia, in the principle role in the ballet, Beauty and the Beast. Alfredo is looking forward to joining an American dance company.


FILIPE ARAGÃO

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Filipe Aragão was born in Brazil and began his dance training at the age of 17 at Expressar Escola de Dança that specializes in ballroom dancing. At the age of 19 he started his ballet training and a few months  later, in 2014, he was accepted at Ballet Academy East in New York under the direction of Darla Hoover, former dancer with New York City Ballet. While there,  Aragão had the opportunity to work with renounced teachers and choreographers, such as, Ashley Bouder, William Whitener and Claudia Schreier. He also danced alongside NYCB dancer Abi Stanford, Adrian Danchig-Waring and Craig Hall in the production of Yorkville's Nutcrackerchoreographed by Francis Patrelle. Aragão also attended summer intensives in 2015, 2016 and 2017 at Central Pennsylvania youth ballet. He had the opportunity to dance Balanchine's Donizetti Variations which is one of his favorite ballets. In 2017 he joined Huntsville Ballet Company.


MICHAELA HUTCHINS

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Michaela Hutchins grew up in Tyler, Texas where she trained at Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance. While in Texas, she had the privilege of performing principle roles in ballets such as Coppelia, La Bayadare, Nutcracker, and Swan Lake. In 2015, she moved to Georgia, to further her training as a conservatory dancer at Atlanta Ballet under the school’s Dean, Sharon Story, where she studied for two years. As well as dancing in John McFall’s Nutcracker in a company role, she also had the opportunity during her training there to perform in shows like McFall’s  Sleeping Beauty, Bruce Well’s Snow White, Southeastern Regional Ballet Association, and Atlanta Ballet’s 20th Anniversary Gala. For the past few summers, Hutchins has had the opportunity to train during with several schools such as Juilliard, ABT, Atlanta Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and Ballet Austin. She is looking forward to her first season with Huntsville Ballet Company!


MADISON LYNN

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Madison is a Huntsville native who began dancing at a young age under Olga Jacobs at a small studio in Huntsville. She then followed Ms. Jacobs to Community Ballet Association in 2006, and has been with them since then. As of 2008 she began dancing under the direction of Phillip Otto and Rachel Butler within the Huntsville Ballet School. In 2010 she began attending summer intensives around the country to further her training. She has spent time training with professional companies such as Ballet Austin, Carolina Ballet, Next Generation Ballet, and Oklahoma City Ballet. She has performed many roles with Huntsville Ballet Company as a student company member including everything from Clara to Sugar Plum in Nutcracker to roles such as Tiger Lily in Huntsville Ballet Company’s Peter Pan. She joined Huntsville Ballet as a professional company member for her first season in 2016 and is excited to be able to continue to share her love of dance with her home town.


TIERIN-ROSE MANDELBURG

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Originally from Connecticut, Tierin-Rose Mandelburg trained at Eastern Connecticut Ballet under the artistic direction of Gloria Govrin, a former soloist with New York City Ballet. While there, Mandelburg had the honor to learn from numerous professional companies and schools across the nation including guests from Broadway, Pennsylvania Ballet Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Miami City Ballet Company, and New York City Ballet. She has danced alongside Sara Mearns, Teresa Reichlen, Amar Ramasar and Jared Angle of NYCB in Eastern CT Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker and has been taught by Mearns during the summer for the past three years. Aside from CT, Mandelburg has had the privilege to train at summer intensives including Boston Ballet School, Pennsylvania Ballet School and Miami City Ballet School.  Mandelburg’s favorite lead roles to perform have been the Arabian Lead and the Doll from the Nutcracker, the Lead Swan from the ECB original ballet based off the book "Ballerina Swan", the Phlegmatic variation from the Four Temperaments, and the Woodland Fairy variation in Sleeping Beauty. Mandelburg also works diligently in her academic education and plans to further her studies to become a pediatric oncology nurse. She graduated high school in June 2017 and received her associate's degree in July 2017. She would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her on this new journey and throughout her dancing career thus far. She feels excited and blessed to be dancing with the Huntsville Ballet Company this year.


MORGAN FOSTER

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Morgan began dancing in 2000 at Alabama Dance Academy under the direction of Pamela Merkel in Birmingham, Alabama. She has attended summer intensives such as Florida State University, Alabama Ballet, Kaatsbaan, Charlotte Ballet, The Rock School for Dance Education, and Ballet Met. In 2015 she attended The Rock School for Dance Education in the Professional Division supervised by Bojan and Stephanie Spassoff, there she participated in Nutcracker 1776 and competed in Youth American Grand Prix. Morgan began dancing with Huntsville Ballet School in 2016 and is a member of the company for the 2017 year.


NATHANIEL OTTO

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Nathanial has been dancing since he was a child. The first time he was in The Nutcracker he was a baby mouse and has performed as the Cavalier. He has been dancing at Huntsville Ballet for 10 years having worked his way from a school student to a hired company dancer. Besides Huntsville Ballet School, he has taken classes in schools all around the country, including Pacific Northwest Ballet School, American Ballet Theater and The Rock School for Dance Education. Nathanial has taken class or performed choreographies under the direction of professionals like Keith Cross, Bojan and Stephanie Spassoff, Peter Boal, and more. He has training in many forms of dance; however, his focus is Ballet and Tap.