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Atlanta Ballet visual arts material

Collection number: ahc.VIS90

Scope and Content

The photographs of the Atlanta Ballet depict the activities and personalities of the company and the organization. Included are photographs of dancers performing ballets and portraits of dancers and members of the Atlanta Ballet Guild. There are images of fundraising and marketing events for the Company followed by photographs of the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. Also included are video of Atlanta Ballet performances, the Olympic Arts Festival, advertisements, and commercials.


  • 1977-2002, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative/Biographical History

Atlanta Ballet was founded in 1929 by dancer and choreographer Dorothy Alexander (1904-1986). Founded as the Dorothy Alexander Dance Concert Group, the company became the Atlanta Civic Ballet in 1940, and was subsequently named the Atlanta Ballet in 1967. In 1958, Ms. Alexander invited Robert Barnett and Virginia Rich Barnett from the New York City Ballet to join the Atlanta Company as principal dancers. With them, they brought ballets previously unseen in the South, such as George Ballanchine's Serenade and the Nutcracker. With Alexander's retirement in 1963, Barnett was named permanent artistic director and held that position until he was replaced by John McFall in 1994. In 1996, the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education opened, offering children opportunities to perform with the professional company. In 2002, the Centre collaborated with Several Dancers Core, Moving in the Spirit and Dance educators of Georgia, to create The Teacher Training Institute (TTI). The mission is to develop skills in children who are challenged by traditional cognitive learning models. Atlanta Ballet is the oldest professional dance company in America, and the largest self-supporting arts organization in Georgia. Additional historical information about the Atlanta Ballet has not been determined.


1554 item(s) ((1,396 photographs, 158 videotapes and beta) )



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged in five series: I. Ballets; II. People; III. Fundraising/Marketing; IV. Dance Education; and V. Video and Beta

Related Archival Materials

Atlanta Ballet records, MSS 963

Atlanta Ballet visual arts material
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305