The future looks bright for Atlanta Ballet

In 1979, Barry Hughson came home from school and told his mother he was starting a theater company. Thrilled, she started rummaging for some old blankets he could hang up and use for a set. The 11-year-old gently told his mother that he already had a real theater. “I had gone to the church and asked the priest if we could do shows in the church basement,” Hughson remembers. His father was so impressed with Barry’s ambition, he enlisted an attorney to draw up the 501(c)(3) paperwork, recruited an adult board of directors and Connecticut’s Youth Theatre Ensemble was born. “I cut my teeth on it, and it lasted for 20 years,” Hughson says…

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Dance of astonishing beauty and power

“Atlanta is a rich historical and cultural landscape, so it’s always a joy to return each year,” says Judith Jamison, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (The Ailey). “The warmth and energy of this city inspires our dancers in a way that is indescribable.”

The February engagement at The Fox Theatre kicks off the company’s 2007 North American tour, which ends May 6…

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