A.V.A. Ballet Theatre, founded by Alexander Van Alstyne in 1994, is committed to being northern Nevada’s premier ballet company – highlighting principal dancers from around the United States, as well as local and regional dancers and performers. The company's mission is to be the premiere ballet company in northern Nevada, while giving performing opportunities of a professional caliber to children, adults and dance artists. A.V.A. serves a geographically widespread and diverse community consisting of northern Nevada and parts of northern California. Auditions for A.V.A. productions are open and available to all ages and levels of artists.