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    The Aiken Civic Ballet Presents

    The Nutcracker

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    Come join us this spring as we present

    Alice In Wonderland

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    A Memorial Day Tradition

    Hopelands Gardens

About Us

Overview

The Aiken Civic Ballet is South Carolina’s longest continuously operating dance company. Founded by Carl Crosby, the company has been in existence for over 46 years. Under the Artistic Direction of Diane Toole Miller, the company produces original ballets and contemporary dance works. The Aiken Civic Ballet is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

Mission

The mission of the Aiken Civic Ballet Company is to encourage dance as an accessible and vital art form, to promote outreach education by facilitating the development of important life skills through the discipline of dance, and to provide premiere training and performance opportunities for young dancers in the greater Aiken area and beyond.

Venues

The Aiken Civic Ballet is a vibrant part of Aiken's dynamic art scene. We present ballets and contemporary dance works throughout the year. The Aiken Civic Ballet performs at Hopelands Gardens, the Aiken Center for the Arts, the Etherredge Center for the Fine & Performing Arts at USC-Aiken, and at plein-air venues around town.
2016-17 Upcoming Performances
The Aiken Civic Ballet Presents:
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Nutcracker Tea

Performance to be held at:

The Aiken County Historical Museum

433 Newberry Street SW
Aiken, SC 29801
(803) 642-2015
  • Saturday, December 03 2016 at 2:00 PM

Advance tickets may be purchased at:

3 Monkeys
141 Laurens St SW, Aiken, SC 29801
Phone: (803) 648-7592

Unique Expressions
Mitchell Shopping Center, 1521 Whiskey Rd, Aiken, SC
Phone: (803) 641-7906
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The Nutcracker

Performance to be held at:

The USCA Etherredge Center

471 University Pkwy
Aiken, SC 29801
(803) 641-3305
  • Saturday, December 17 2016 at 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 18 2016 at 2:00 PM



Purchase Tickets Online Starting November 15

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Alice in Wonderland

Performance to be held at:

The USCA Etherredge Center

471 University Pkwy
Aiken, SC 29801
(803) 641-3305
  • Saturday, April 15 2017 at 7:00 PM
ACBC in Motion
A collection of images from past performances and our community outreach efforts.

nutcracker

Nutcracker Marzipan

spring performance

Aladdin - Samuel and Hannah

spring performance

Cinderella

nutcracker

Toy Soldier - Hannah

spring performance

Cinderella - Samuel and Laura

hopelands gardens

Sydney Maddox

nutcracker

Party Scene

hopelands gardens

hopelands gardens

Jr. Company in Black

nutcracker

Snow Queen

Donations are vital to ensure the growth of this outstanding ballet company and continuation of its cultural and educational mission. You may use the button below to send your donation to the Aiken Civic Ballet. We appreciate your support!

patron packages
We have a wide array of business and corporate patronage opportunities available.

En Pointe

$1,000

per year

  1. 8 Tickets for one performance of the Nutcracker
  2. 8 Tickets for one performance of the Alice in Wonderland
  3. 8 Tickets for one performance of the Nutcracker Tea
  4. Special access to dress rehearsals
  5. Invitation to Nutcracker Gala and other special events
  6. Full page program advertisement
  7. Program listing, priority seating

Choreographer

$500

per year

  1. 6 Tickets for one performance of the Nutcracker
  2. 6 Tickets for one performance of the Alice in Wonderland
  3. 6 Tickets for one performance of the Nutcracker Tea
  4. Invitation to Nutcracker Gala and other special events
  5. 1/2 page program advertisement
  6. Program listing, priority seating

Ensemble

$300

per year

  1. 6 Tickets for one performance of the Nutcracker
  2. 6 Tickets for one performance of the Alice in Wonderland
  3. 4 Tickets for one performance of the Nutcracker Tea
  4. Invitation to Nutcracker Gala and other special events
  5. 1/4 page program advertisement
  6. Program listing, priority seating

Troupe

$200

per year

  1. 4 Tickets for one performance of the Nutcracker
  2. 4 Tickets for one performance of the Alice in Wonderland
  3. 2 Tickets for one performance of the Nutcracker Tea
  4. Program listing, priority seating

Duet

$100

per year

  1. 2 Tickets for one performance of the Nutcracker
  2. 2 Tickets for one performance of the Alice in Wonderland
  3. Program listing, priority seating
Diane Miller

Diane is a native of Aiken, SC who started studying dance under Carl Crosby at age 8 and by age 13 became a member of the Aiken Civic Ballet Company. At age 17 she was crowned Miss South Carolina in the 1978 Miss South Carolina Pageant in Greenville, SC and was a Talent Award Winner. At the Miss America pageant the same year in Atlantic City, NJ, she also received Talent Award Winner and was a recipient of the Talent Scholarship for her performance of the ballet Pas de Quatre.

While attending college in Spartanburg, SC, Diane performed with both the Spartanburg Civic Ballet and the Orchesis Modern Dance Theater. She performed for several years with the Miss South Carolina Pageant Dancers, dancing both jazz and ballet for live and television audiences.

In 1982 Diane auditioned for and joined the Augusta Ballet under the direction of Ron Colton (formerly of the New York City Ballet) and Zanne Colton. As a member of the Augusta Ballet, she performed many roles in the Nutcracker, including: the Dew Drop Fairy, Waltz of the Flowers, Spanish Dancer, Bo Peep, Snowflakes and the Party Scene. She also performed in Les Sylphides, Coppelia, Giselle, Tilt by Stanley Zompakos; Episodes and Symphony 13 by Duncan Noble; and the Augusta Ballet's first Balanchine ballet, Valse Fantasie - among many others.

Diane has worked with teacher Ron Cunningham and choreographer Duncan Nobles of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Tom Pazik of the Atlanta Ballet, and Victoria Simon of the New York City Ballet. She has attended and performed at several Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Festival Galas in Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia; Miami, Florida; and Charleston, South Carolina. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of South Carolina in 1983 and continued graduate studies toward a Masters in Education afterwards.

By 1986, Diane became a Dance Lecturer at University of South Carolina - Aiken and spent several years there teaching Beginning and Intermediate Ballet. In 2006 she became the owner and artistic director of the Crosby School of Dance and continues the tradition started by Carl Crosby with the Crosby-Miller School of Dance.

Most recently, in 2008 Diane attended summer training in Taos, NM with Jilliana (formerly of the New York City Ballet) to study the Balanchine Technique and Balanchine Style of ballet.