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Dance is the hidden language of the soul - Martha Graham


Alabama Dance Festival Schedule

    January 9    January 22    January 26    January 29
January 30    January 31

The Alabama Dance Festival on January 22 - 31 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 9

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 Thursday, January 7, 5:00 pm! On-site registration opens on January 9, 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 22

Dance and Literacy: Using Text as Inspiration for Original Movement and Choreography
9:00 am - 3:30 pm, The Dance Foundation

"Dance and Literacy: Using Text as Inspiration for Original Movement and Choreography" 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 facilitator is Susan McGreevy-Nichols, Executive Director of the National Dance Education Organization. To make reservations, email rosemary@alabamadancecouncil.org.

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Tuesday, January 26 

Reception and Gallery Talk with Jessica Lang and Larry Thompson
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Space One Eleven

A new addition to JLD’s Birmingham program is a preview of Jessica's newest work, Thousand Yard Stare, which is based on Lang's talks with soldiers and research on post traumatic stress disorder at Walter Reid Medical Center. She shares these experiences in partnership with visual artist Larry Thompson, who will talk about his current exhibit at Space One Eleven, The Infanttree Project, exploring the aftermath of recent/current wars on veterans, their families, and contemporary society.

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Friday, January 29

Jessica Lang Dance School Performance
10:00-11:00 am, Samford University Wright Center, Free Admission

Jessica Lang Dance enriches and inspires global audiences by immersing them in the beauty of movement and music. This program designed specially for young students will showcase several of Jessica Lang's poetic, powerful works and include video projections, costuming and a connection to visual art that will intrigue and inspire the imaginations of all ages. Immediately following the performance, audience members will have the opportunity to meet and interact with the dancers in a Q&A session. Teachers are invited to attend the free workshop "Dance and Literacy: Using Text as Inspiration for Original Movement and Choreography" on January 22 to learn practical tools that will prepare students for watching this performance. To make reservations, email rosemary@alabamadancecouncil.org.

The School at Jacob's Pillow Musical Theatre Dance Audition
11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Alabama School of Fine Arts

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.

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, American Dance Festival, Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Programs, and more! Click here to download a complete list of opportunities and registration instructions.

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 30

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. Class schedules and descriptions are available here or register now.

Jessica Lang Dance
8:00 pm, Samford University Wright Center

Samford University and the Alabama Dance Festival present Jessica Lang Dance. Founded in 2011, Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) is a New York City-based dance company dedicated to creating and performing the work of Jessica Lang. JLD enriches and inspires global audiences by immersing them in the beauty of movement and music. Since the company's inception, marked by Lang's receipt of a Joyce Theater Artist Residency supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, JLD has made rapid success performing at renowned venues and festivals throughout the country. In Summer 2015, JLD performed a rare two-week run at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, marking the company’s third Pillow season since its company debut at Festival 2012. Buy tickets!

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Sunday, January 31

 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. Class schedules and descriptions are available here or 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.

The workshop "Dance and Literacy" offers K-12 classroom teachers a free professional development opportunity on January 22, 9:00 am-3:30 pm at The Dance Foundation.

Join Jessica for a reception and gallery talk with visual artist Larry Thompson at Space One Eleven on January 26.

 

 

Jessica Lang Dance presents a free school performance on January 29, 10:00 am at Samford Unviversity Wright Center.

 

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

Master classes for pre-professional and professional dancers are offered on January 30-31 at various locations.

The New Works Concert on January 29, 8:00 pm, at the Wright Center presents the work of choreographers across the South.

 

Jessica Lang Dance presents a mixed repertory program on January 30, 8:00 pm, as a part of the Leslie S. Wright Center's 40th anniversary celebration.

The Alabama Dance Festival Showcase is the final performance on January 31, 2:30 pm, at the Alabama School of Fine Arts' Dorothy Jemison Day Theater, featuring a wide variety of dance companies and styles.