Tuscaloosa Community Dancers Names New Artistic Director for 2017 "Nutcracker"

01 Aug 2017
Alden Phillips will serve as Artistic Director for the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers' upcoming performances of The Nutcracker. Alden Phillips will serve as Artistic Director for the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers' upcoming performances of The Nutcracker. Tuscaloosa Community Dancers

The Tuscaloosa Community Dancers Board of Directors recently selected Alden Phillips to serve as Artistic Director of the upcoming 2017 production of The Nutcracker, effective July 1, 2017.

“We are thrilled to introduce Alden Phillips, a TCD alumna, as the Show Director for our 2017 Nutcracker.  Her enthusiasm for working with our dancers and her dedication to the Tuscaloosa community are sure to make this year's Nutcracker memorable,” said Mary Lane Falkner, the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers president.

Alden Phillips began her dance training locally, at the age of 2. She danced in Tuscaloosa Community Dancers productions through high school, and she also toured with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, performing the role of “Clara.” Phillips left Tuscaloosa to pursue her dance career at the State University of New York at Purchase, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Arts Management. She performed at New York Live Arts for two seasons with the Purchase Dance Company. Phillips has participated in several premiere dance programs, and most recently, she went on tour with Utah’s Odyssey Dance Theater for their Thriller production.

Phillips recently moved home to Tuscaloosa to pursue her passion for teaching. She is an accomplished dancer and teacher, and is thrilled to return to the area to work with local dancers.

“I am so looking forward to working with an organization that meant so much to me growing up. Nutcracker performances were pivotal in my performance training and taught me to bring to life a story loved by so many,” Phillips said. “It is exciting for me to experience it from the other side and hopefully give some of the joy that I was given to the growing dancers in the community.”

As for plans for The Nutcracker, this year’s performances are scheduled for Dec. 7-10 at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa. Auditions are planned for Sunday, Aug. 13 at Clark Hall on the University of Alabama campus.

For more information about the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers, including The Nutcracker 2017 show auditions, visit tuscaloosadancers.com.


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