National Association for Regional Ballet Records
The National Association of Regional Ballet originated in 1956 when the first Regional Ballet Festival arranged by Dorothy Alexander in Atlanta was hosted by the Atlanta Civic Ballet. It was officially incorporated in 1963 as a non-profit organization. NARB organized yearly regional festivals in order to train choreographers and promote excellence in performance.
In 1976 NARB launched their choreography conferences with the objective of developing the talents of aspiring choreographers. Craft of Choreography conferences were held every summer in different parts of the country.
The National Association for Regional Ballet suspended its operation in August 1987 shortly after its 25th anniversary because of fiscal deficits.
The records of the National Association of Regional
Ballet (NARB) were donated to the Dance Collection by Doris Hering,
the executive director. The records generally remain in their original
order except that the photographs have been organized in their own
A. General records
B. Festival records
The first series contains general business records including financial records, by-laws, promotional materials, mailing lists, and fundraising presentations. Festival records are arranged by regional festival and then, chronologically.
The second series includes photographs of the companies involved in the yearly regional festivals and choreographic conferences. They include performance and rehearsal shots, and photographs of official ceremonies. Photographs are arranged by company or festival, and then by date. Most of the festival photographs are unidentified. For information about the companies represented, please consult the records in series one.