ALLIE LENOX DYLESKI
Allie began her classical dance training at Community Ballet School in Huntsville, Alabama. From there she joined the Huntsville Ballet Company and Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre, both under the direction of David Herriott and Keren Gibb-Hilliard. While a member of AYBT’s Senior Company, Allie performed various principal roles such as the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker.
Allie then went on to attend Auburn University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English- literature and minored in dance. As a member of the Auburn University Dance Ensemble, Allie performed principal roles in pieces choreographed by Adrienne Wilson, Jeri Dickey, and Karola Luttringhaus. She also choreographed an original modern piece for the annual dance showcase.
While in Auburn, Allie worked on East Alabama Community Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. She performed as the Snow Queen and choreographed several roles.
After graduating from Auburn, Allie moved to New York where she worked as the George Balanchine Trust and New York Choreographic Institute intern at New York City Ballet.
Upon completion of her internship with New York City Ballet, Allie then returned to her alma mater, Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre, to choreograph a new contemporary ballet for their spring production.
Allie then returned to Auburn, where she now serves as one of the Artistic Directors for East Alabama Community Ballet and works closely with the Auburn University Department of Theatre’s Dance Ensemble where she served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the American College Dance Association South Conference; and as a guest choreographer.
Angela White began dancing at age five with the Lynn Curtis School of Dance and was a member of the Auburn Civic Ballet Company-the very first ballet company in the Auburn-Opelika area. Under the direction of Lynn Curtis, Mrs. White had the opportunity to perform in the very first Nutcracker in the area, as well as dance in other classical works for the company.
In 1992, she started dancing with the Auburn Ballet School under the direction of Terra Ann Johnsey. In 1993, she began teaching ballet while continuing her dance training at the Auburn Ballet School. Angie was instrumental in starting the Auburn Ballet Company, and has been a part of the annual Nutcracker production since it began in 1995. She has served as the Co-Artistic Director of the East Alabama Community Ballet for seven years.
Mrs. White also served as the Artistic Director for the Grace School of Dance in Opelika, Alabama for three years where she taught classical and contemporary ballet, and choreographed and staged many productions, including original works of A Christmas Dream, The Creation Song, and Handel’s Messiah. From 2013-2014, she served on the staff at Auburn Pointe in Auburn Alabama where she taught classical Ballet and choreographed several original contemporary works for the annual school performance.
Mrs. White has also choreographed and staged several works for the East Alabama Community Ballet as well as Auburn Ballet School, including the Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Dying Swan, Sylvia, excerpts from Coppelia, as well as original works of A Gospel Celebration-Mahalia Jackson, Unfinished Melody, Heart and Soul Movements in Jazz: Gershwin, and an original ballet, A Glimpse into the Secret Garden. In 2003, she staged Gottschalk for the Alabama Dance Festival Showcase, as well as her own original works Echoes of the Past in 2005, No Strings in 2007, an excerpt from her original work of Handel’s Messiah in 2012, and another original work in 2013 entitled Masquerade. In September of 2015 Mrs. White fulfilled a lifelong dream of opening her own studio and opened Ballet Academy in Opelika Alabama, where she also serves as the Artistic Director.
Mrs. White graduated from the Auburn University Nurse Practitioner Program in May 2012 and began working part-time as a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner at the Central Alabama Breast Care Center in Montgomery, Alabama. Mrs. White also enjoys teaching nursing and served as a Clinical Associate for the Auburn University School of Nursing. She has a son Caleb.