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Our History
Classical, Physical, Triumphant

Armed with a passionate dream to see a world-class contemporary ballet company come to life, Arts Triumphant founders, Colin & Yvonne Williams arrived in Jacksonville, Florida in 1992.

Arts Triumphant Dance Theatre (ATDT) began as a conservatory for students serious about advancing the art of dance. That summer, Art Triumphant hosted its first annual Summer Dance Intensive.

Incorporating in 1996 as a non-profit organization, Arts Triumphant presented its first main stage performance, Dancing the Dream, at the Florida Theatre. Over 1,000 people shared in the magic and applauded the arrival of Jacksonville’s very own contemporary ballet company. That year ATDT also moved into its first studios and quickly began to draw students from throughout the city.

In 1998 ATDT renovated an old retail store and transformed it into a state-of–the-art 12,000 square foot facility, housing three of the areas largest studios.

In the fall of 2000, Arts Triumphant premiered its first full-length original ballet de’ action Sacred Symbols. This epic story, written, directed and choreographed by Artistic Director, Yvonne Salcedo Williams, was inspired by the true story of Holocaust survivor, Klara Bundi. This stirring and timeless story reveals that friendship, honor, courage, hope and most of all, unconditional love are worth fighting for.

From 1996 – 2002, Arts Triumphant staged numerous full-length dance productions in Jacksonville. From the very beginning a great emphasis has been placed on sharing the joy of dance by performing in area schools, churches, synagogues, retirement homes and theatres, including: Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network, Mount Zion Retirement Community,

Congregation Beth Shalom, Israel’s Jubilee, Earth Day Celebration, Sultan’s Pool Amphitheatre, Jerusalem & Debron Conference Center, Holland.

Colin & Yvonne have always envisioned a place where dancers could unplug from their hectic lives and recharge and reconnect with the source of their creativity. The mountains of West Virginia provide such a refuge. In the spring of 2002 Arts Triumphant relocated to Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. This picturesque town is located in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia…miles from nowhere, and yet only 90 minutes from Washington D.C.

In the Summer of 2007, Arts Triumphant its new studio, The Dance Barn at Lions Oak with its 14th Annual Summer Dance Intensive. The studio will provide space for BalletSport classes, retreats and private instruction.

What People are Saying...

"Arts Triumphant Dance Theatre is truly energizing the cultural landscape of our city. It is better than some of the dance I've seen in New York City."

Marty Lanahan,
Jacksonville City President, AmSouth Bank

"The diversity in style was impressive - the amount of preparation and the resulting excellence was inspiring."

Mike Weinstein,
Director, Jacksonville Super Bowl Host Committee

"Yvonne's choreography is a refreshing blend of classical and contemporary dance styles. It is rare to see this caliber of performing arts here.

Delores Barr Weaver
Chair & CEO, Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation

"The city's artistic community can only benefit from Arts Triumphant's energy."

Nick Marino,
Florida Times Union

"Arts Triumphant Dance Theatre delivered a powerful performance… beyond the mesmerizing dancing, cutting-edge choreography and beautiful stage work, Arts Triumphant captured the audience."

Boaz Dvir,
Editor, The Business Journal

"It gave me a new impression for what the art of dance can do in being a medium for expression. The emotions that were triggered through the music and dance were new to my interpretation and understanding. Royal Passion was an unexpected emotional treat. I would hope it could have the same emotional impact on the city as it had on me."

Mac MacGehee,
President, Mac Paper