David Herriott received his early intensive training at the Harkness Ballet School under David Howard. He danced professionally with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and North Carolina Dance Theatre, touring internationally with both companies. During that time he worked with such noted choreographers as Agnes de Mille, John Neumeier, Norbert Vesak, and Elliot Feld and performed with internationally renowned dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gelsey Kirkland, Galina & Valerie Panov, and Evelyn Hart.
Mr. Herriott taught dance at Santa Monica College in California before moving to Huntsville, Alabama where over 12 years he held the positions of General Manager, Associate Director and Artistic Director of Community Ballet Association and Huntsville Ballet Company. Under his direction the company became a performing member of SERBA. He served on grant panels and long range planning for the Alabama State Council on the Arts, served on the Executive Board of the Alabama Dance Council and on the planning committee of the Alabama Dance Summit, as well as serving as chair of The Arts Council Assembly and along with Mary Halverstadt, developed a dance video for the Arts Council’s Art in a Box education program.
Since June of 2004, Mr. Herriott has been coordinator of the ballet program at Columbus State University Continuing Education Division located in Columbus, Georgia and Executive and Artistic Director of The Columbus Ballet.
Keren Gibb Hilliard began her dance training in Mobile as a child and continued to study during her college days in Montgomery, performing with local dance companies and theater groups in both cities. She taught dance classes at Huntingdon College while a student there and completed her degree at UAH in Huntsville. She held various positions with Community Ballet in her 40 plus years with them, including dancer, teacher, choreographer, ballet mistress, school director and both associate and interim director of Huntsville Ballet Company. She has twice won the ballet division of the Panoply Choreography Competition and became certified to teach the Zena Romett Floor Barre Technique in 2002. Her community service includes serving on the Arts Council Board, Community Ballet’s Board, and setting choreography for Community Chorus, Fantasy Playhouse, Ars Nova and Bob Jones High School presentations.
Alicia Wright is the director of AYBT's Liturgical Company and has been dancing since age 3 and under the direction of David Herriott and Keren Gibb Hilliard since 2000. She has performed leading roles with Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre as Dew Drop, Orchid, Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, Cinderella and Stepmother in Cinderella, Aurora and Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Odette and Odile in Swan Lake. In 2014 she was awarded Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre's Dancer of the Year Award of Excellence. Alicia also holds several nominations for Wing's Awards and her choreography was a finalist in the 2012 Panoply Choreography Competition. Alicia graduated from the University of Alabama with a master’s and bachelor's of science in nursing. She is employed as a RN and Clinical Education Specialist in the Pediatric ER at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children.
Laura Lane began her dance training at the age of three with North Alabama Dance Center. At the age of eight she moved to Community Ballet and then to Alabama Youth Ballet/Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre to dance under the direction of Keren Gibb-Hilliard and David Herriott. As a Senior Company member with Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre she has danced the principal roles of Snow Queen, Lilac Fairy, Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow White. In 2014 she was awarded the honor of being Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre’s Dancer of the Year. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Northwest Florida State College where she earned a degree in Theatre with a concentration in Dance. While in college, she was a scholarship team member of the Raider Rhythms Dance Team under the direction of Joe Taylor. She also performed with the showline for the Soundsations Show Choir that toured both locally and internationally under the direction of Joe Taylor and Kelly Murdock. She also served as Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer for the Northwest Florida State College production of Legally Blonde, Jr. In 2016, she was awarded the honor of excellence in dance performance. After graduation, she was accepted into The Disney College Program in Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, where she accepted a role in entertainment as a Character Performer. In the fall of 2017, Laura rekindled Footprints, a children's movement company and now serves as its Director.
Grace Carey is the director of The Dance Connection and has been dancing since age 3. and under the direction of David Herriott and Keren Gibb Hilliard since 2000. She has performed leading roles with Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre as Clara and Dew Drop Fairy in the Nutcracker, Silver Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Doc in Snow White, and a Soloist in Paquita.
Grace graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She is currently AYBT's Graphic Designer. (& has built this beautiful website)