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Congratulations & Thank you John Luther Adams!

This year’s Spring Gala also features the re-staging of A Northern Suite, which North Star Ballet premiered in 1989. The piece is set to music by John Luther Adams, who was awarded a Pulitzer Prize this month for his new work, Become Ocean


A local composer with an international reputation, Adams’ music has a significant place in the North Star Ballet’s repertory. In addition to A Northern Suite, the repertory includes Dream in White on White (1993), In the White Silence (2001), and Red Arc/Blue Veil (2007), all choreographed by artistic director Norman Shelburne.

Adams describes his work, saying, “My music has always been profoundly influenced by the natural world and a strong sense of place. Though sustained listening to the subtle resonances of the northern soundscape, I hope to explore the territory of sonic geography – that region between place and culture…between environment and imagination.”

Shelburne describes their collaboration, asking. “What choreographer would not be drawn to such musical exploration? I met John shortly after my arrival in Fairbanks in 1986.  He very graciously offered his music for the ballet, and A Northern Suite became my first choreographic endeavor to visualize it. The music used in this revival is the original score (John has since revised the score extensively) recorded by the Arctic Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gordon Wright in 1983.”


Spring Gala – April 25, 26, and 27

To download a one-page pdf file that explains the background and history of The Fire Bird, click here.

Tickets available here, by calling 451-8800, at the Bently Mall Safeway and at Enchanted Forest Toys in the Campus Corner Mall on College Road.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

SportsMedicine Fairbanks

Interior Cabaret Hotel And Restaurant Retailers

Helen E. Snedden Foundation

Fairbanks Cancer Care Physicians

Alaska Airlines

Wells Fargo

Kinross-Fort Knox

Bill Stroecker Charitable Foundation

Summer Dance Camp

Yeh-Shen, A Cinderella Story from China

This is the setting for this year’s Summer Dance Camp for kids 4-12. There will be three one-week sessions. Get all the information from the 2014 Dance Camp Parent Flyer

May 27 to May 31  -  Ages 4 – 6

June 2 to June 6  -  Ages 6 – 8

June 9 to June 13  -  Ages 9 – 12

Sessions will be held from 9am to 12pm




Summer Dance Intensive


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Personal guidance in a kinesthetic approach to dance

Faculty: Sue Perry (Principal Teacher for the North Star Ballet School), Norman Shelburne (Artistic Director of the North Star Ballet), Kathryn Alter, Modern (member of the José Limón Company), Ruth Merriman, Pilates (certified instructor in the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning)

  • Ballet
  • Modern
  • Pilates
  • Performance

Join us in a four-week intensive dance program providing in depth instruction in technique, theory, and performance preparation. Daily classes in ballet and modern are supplemented with repertory classes in ballet and modern, body conditioning, dance history, injury prevention and stage makeup. The session concludes with a performance of works choreographed by faculty members. The program emphasizes a kinesthetic approach to movement and dance training through the understanding of anatomical principles and the dynamics of movement.

Students experience individual attention and personal guidance.

The cost of the intensive is $1,200. For students who register before April 15, the cost will be $1,100.  We will help out-of-town students find room and board with selected host families at a cost of $600.

For information and registration contact Kristina West at 907-451-8800 or

Thank you Dancers, Volunteers, Stage Crew, Sponsors

The Nutcracker was beautiful!

We couldn’t have done it without the artistry and beauty of the dancers or the expertise and dedication of the stage crew and volunteers in the front of the house and behind the scenes.

Thank you also to all of silent auction donors as well as to those who bid. We will be calling the winners of all items that were not picked up on Sunday. You can call the studio (451-8800) to find out if you did win. You can pick up your items at the studio.

Thank you to our Sponsorssponsors


Nutcracker in the Newsminer

The Fairbanks Daily Newsminer has published a very nice piece about the dancers in this year’s Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker plays December 6 (8 pm), 7 (2 pm and 8 pm), and 8 (2 pm) at Hering Auditorium. Tickets are available at the theater one hour before show time, at Enchanted Forest Toys (across from Gullivers) and at the Bently Mall Safeway.

Come out and watch the magic of your home-town Ballet Company!