The King and I, 2015
The Wizard of Oz National Tour, 2010
Abilene Ballet Theatre (ABT) was founded in 1985 and is a 501C3 non-profit organization. The company, under artistic direction of Nancy Gore and Lisa Gore Etter, holds open auditions each Fall to select dancers for the upcoming season. In 1987 ABT was selected by audition for membership in the prestigious Regional Dance America/Southwest, a six-state organization of 22 select dance companies.
ABT's season consists of The Sugar Plum Fairy Tea, The Nutcracker and our Spring production Fairy Tales & Fables. Our Nutcracker has been featured on Good Morning America as well as in Southern Living Magazine. In addition, ABT performs at the RDA/SW Festival each year.
Bringing excellent ballet training as well as other dance genres to West Texas, ABT is dedicated to:
Encouraging and developing young talent
Educating and entertaining young audiences
Promoting and developing a love for the art of ballet in the community
Promoting education and employment opportunity for company dancers
Providing scholarship assistance for continuing education and training
Twelve ABT dancers performed as munchkins and "Winkies" in the
National Tour of The Wizard of Oz in Abilene in 2010. Dancers are shown
with the Wizard, Robert John Biedermann.
Senior I and II dancers performed with the Abilene Opera Association in
The King and I in 2015.
ABT was proud to receive the STREAM AWARD 2006 for artistic
excellence and growth at the Regional Dance America Southwest Festival
in The Woodlands.
ABT was the only dance company to perform for the Texas
Commission on the Arts in 1992.
We hosted the Regional Dance America/ Southwest Festival
in 1993 and 2005.
Former ABT dancer, Alexander Maryianowski, is dancing professionally
as a company member with Boston Ballet.
ABT dancers have been selected by audition for summer
intensive programs, most recently with American Ballet Theatre,
Joffrey Ballet School, Joffrey Texas, Tulsa Ballet, Texas Ballet
Theatre and Summer Wind at The University of Oklahoma.
Lisa Gore-Etter, Ballet Abilene teacher and ABT associate director, was one of 10 in the nation to be awarded the Monticello Scholarship for Choreography by RDA/SW for her work "Valse Triste" in 2002 and attended the Craft of Choreography Conference in Pennsylvania. In 2005 Lisa was awarded an "Exellence in Choreography" Scholarship for her piece "Beyond the Sea" by RDA/SW.
Lindsay McGill, former Ballet Abilene teacher and former ABT associate director, was recognized for excellence in emerging choreography and awarded the Natalie Skelton scholarship for her piece "Tribal Drums" during the 2009 regional festival in Sugar Land, Texas. She received a full scholarship and attended the Craft of Choreography Conference which was hosted by Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, Washington