What is Jellybean Dance Collective?

Jellybean Dance Collective is a group of independent collaborating artists from the state of Alabama. This home grown collective strives to move, craft, and tell stories through dance to knit together a community and forge our identity in humanity.
— Victoria Niblett, Founder
The Jellybean Dance Collective is named such for a variety of different reasons, and of course is a nod to the whimsy and variance of the candy and my affinity for sweets. However, the name struck inspiration most significantly from Zelda Fitzgerald, an Alabama native, the original flapper of the Roaring 20s, and wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, that is said to have performed in a dance group called “The Jellybeans.”

Later in Zelda’s life, she is rumored to have also co-written her husband’s short story, “The Jelly Bean” for Tales of the Jazz Age. The jellybean’s appearance in American colloquialisms and slang dates all the way back to the 19th century, and as a history and literature lover, I thought there was nothing that fit more perfectly my vision for innovative storytelling through the universal language of dance.

Alabama Ghost Stories

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The Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series is a project of Jellybean Dance Collective for the Alabama Bicentennial celebration. As part of this series, Jellybean Dance Collective will present Alabama Ghost Stories.

Alabama Ghost Stories will combine the Southern oral storytelling tradition with movement and dance for a unique audience experience of Alabama folklore. This performance will explore classic tales as well as the universal theme of how this Deep South state relates to its past.

Alabama Ghost Stories features choreography by Victoria Niblett and Grace Kurosaka. In collaboration with Joanna Hardy’s Swallowtail Dance, come enjoy a double billed show of Swallowtail Dance’s “Dwell In” and our “Alabama Ghost Stories.”

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