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Dance is the hidden language of the soul - Martha Graham


Alabama Dance Festival Schedule

    January 7    January 20    January 24    January 27
January 28    January 29

The Alabama Dance Festival on January 20 - 29 features a variety of performances, classes, workshops, and other events for dance enthusiasts of all ages.  Click the date links above to browse the calendar of events and find out what is happening each day. Links to purchase tickets or register for classes are provided below for those events, and several events are free!


Saturday, January 7 (re-scheduled for March 18)

Dance Across Birmingham
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, North Meeting Rooms

A day of FREE community dance classes in a variety of styles – hip hop, African dance, bellydance, Salsa, dance fitness, praise dance and more! Reserve your place in class by registering online by Wednesday, January 4, 11:59 pm! On-site registration opens on January 7 (re-scheduled for March 18), 9:00 am in the lobby of the North Meeting Rooms.

Birmingham Dance Showcase
12:30 pm, Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Mainstage Theatre

A FREE performance featuring a variety of Birmingham dance companies presented as a part of Dance Across Birmingham.

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Friday, January 20

The Pedagogy and Practice of Socially-Transformative Dance
9:00 am - 3:30 pm, The Dance Foundation

"The Pedagogy and Practice of Socially-Transformative Dance" is s FREE one-day workshop for classroom teachers and teaching artists on movement-based arts integration, presented in partnership with the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts. The workshop facilitators are Rebecca Renard-Wilson (Executive Director) and Diana Toledo (Company Member | Teaching Artist | Community Engagement Specialist) of the Festival's guest company, CONTRA-TIEMPO. To make reservations, email rosemary@alabamadancecouncil.org.

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Tuesday, January 24 

¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South
Opening Reception and Latin Dance Party

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Join CONTRA-TIEMPO for a fun and interactive Latin dance party and reception celebrating the grand opening of the "¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South" exhibit at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Created by Levine Museum, in collaboration with Atlanta History Center and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the exhibit aims to engage Latinos of many backgrounds together with non-Latinos—serving as a catalyst for personal reflection, cross-cultural interaction and community engagement.

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Friday, January 27

CONTRA-TIEMPO School Performance
10:00-11:00 am, Samford University Wright Center, Free Admission

CONTRA-TIEMPO builds community, facilitates dialogue, and moves youth to imagine what is possible in the world. CONTRA-TIEMPO fuses Salsa, Afro-Cuban, and contemporary urban and abstract dance theater, to create an invigorating blend of physically intense and politically astute performance work. The school performance allows students to experience engaging, dynamic and high-quality professional dance that is relevant to their lives. The performance features excerpts from their newest work, Agua Furiosa, which is inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and “Oya,” the Afro-Cuban deity of wind and storms. Themes explored in the piece include race, exile, injustice, water, drought and upheaval. To make reservations, email rosemary@alabamadancecouncil.org.

American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Auditions
Scholarship Auditions: Summer Intensives & College Programs

3:00 - 7:00 pm, Alabama School of Fine Arts

Opportunities for intermediate to advanced dancers ages 11 through college from national, regional and local dance organizations, including American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, American Dance Festival, Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Programs, and more! Click here for more information.

New Works Concert
8:00 pm, Samford University Wright Center

Enjoy an evening of exciting new works by regional choreographers selected through an adjudication process. Buy tickets!

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Saturday, January 28

Alabama Dance Festival Professional and Pre-Professional Master Classes

9:00 am – 5:00 pm, taught by a nationally renowned faculty at various locations in Birmingham. Previous dance training required. Click here for more information and to register now.

The School at Jacob's Pillow Musical Theatre Dance Audition
1:30 - 5:00 pm, Alabama Ballet Center for Dance

Led by Broadway veteran Bill Hastings, the Musical Theatre Dance audition provides an excellent opportunity to take a professional class, gain audition experience, and learn about The School. Expect a fast-paced musical theatre dance class with a range of combinations related to the techniques and artistic expectations of the Musical Theatre Dance Program. One half of the audition is devoted to dance and one half to singing. For more audition details, email rosemary@alabamadancecouncil.org.

CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater
8:00 pm, Samford University Wright Center

The Alabama Dance Festival presents CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater in Agua Furiosa. Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and "Oya," the Afro-Cuban deity of wind and storms, artistic director and choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez, harnesses her unique Urban-Latin movement approach to create a visually stunning and thought provoking evening of dance performance. Agua Furiosa challenges audiences to confront the harsh realities of race and water and locate themselves inside of this complex and transforming conversation. This evening length work merges live vocals, water themes, fierce physicality, the performers’ own personal narratives and hope for a more just and compassionate future for us all. Watch video excerpt. Buy tickets!

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Sunday, January 29

 Alabama Dance Festival Professional and Pre-Professional Master Classes

9:00 am – 12:30 pm, taught by a nationally renowned faculty at various locations in Birmingham. Previous dance training required. Click here for more information and to register now.

  

Alabama Dance Showcase
2:30 pm, Dorothy Jemison Day Theater, Alabama School of Fine Arts

This performance features dance companies and ensembles selected from participants across the Southeast. Buy tickets!

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Dance Across Birmingham offers free dance classes for all ages.

CONTRA-TIEMPO's workshop offers K-12 classroom teachers a free professional development opportunity on January 20, 9:00 am-3:30 pm at The Dance Foundation.

Join CONTRA-TIEMPO for a Latin Dance Party and Reception on January 24 at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

 

 

CONTRA-TIEMPO  presents a free school performance on January 27, 10:00 am at Samford Unviversity Wright Center.

 

The New Works Concert on January 27, 8:00 pm, at the Wright Center presents the work of choreographers across the South.

Master classes for pre-professional and professional dancers are offered on January 28-29 at various locations.

 

The School at Jacob's Pillow Musical Theatre Dance Audition is another exciting opportunity at the Festival.

 

CONTRA-TIEMPO presents Agua Furiosa on January 28, 8:00 pm, at the Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center.

The Alabama Dance Festival Showcase on January 29, 2:30 pm, at the Alabama School of Fine Arts' Dorothy Jemison Day Theater features a wide variety of dance companies and styles.