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Alabama Dance Festival Schedule

January 10    January 11    January 14    January 15    January 16    January 17    January 18   January 19   January 20

The Alabama Dance Festival on January 10 - 20 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!


Friday, January 10

Moving the Curriculum Teacher Workshop
8:30 am – 3:30 pm, Children’s Dance Foundation

"Moving the Curriculum" 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. To make reservations, email rosemary@alabamadancecouncil.org.

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Saturday, January 11

Dance Across Birmingham
9:00 am – 4:15 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 9, 11:59 pm! On-site registration opens on January 11, 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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Tuesday, January 14

Live Performance and Video Technology
6:00 - 9:00 pm, Birmingham-Southern College, Dance Studio #3

This five-day workshop taught by Bridgman|Packer Dance examines the relationship of video and live performance from a choreographic point of view. We explore how video technology can become an integral part of the performance and the creative process; how it can offer a vital layering element in choreographic composition; and how it can add depth to the realization of the choreographic intent. Participants will work on short choreographic projects. Basic knowledge of Final Cut Pro or iMovie editing software is helpful but not required. Participants with or without a technological orientation are welcome. Register now!

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Wednesday, January 15

Focus on Israel with Ronen Koresh
7:30 - 8:30 pm, Levite Jewish Community Center, Free Admission

Artistic director Ronen Koresh of Koresh Dance Company talks about how his Israeli roots have influenced his choreography and recent collaborations with Israeli artists Ohad Naharin and Itzik Galili.

Live Performance and Video Technology
6:00 - 9:00 pm, Birmingham-Southern College, Dance Studio #3

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Thursday, January 16

Power Lunch with Koresh Dance Company
12:00 - 1:00 pm, Seibert Gym, Samford University, Free Admission

Join Koresh dancers for a power lunch workout that shows you how professional dancers get in shape!

 The Finishing Touch
4:30 - 5:30 pm, Samford University Wright Center, Free Admission

Choreography is only one piece of the puzzle in creating dance. Artistic Director Ronen Koresh of Koresh Dance Company will teach aspiring choreographers about lighting design, musical choice, commissioning scores, costume creation and more!. To make reservations for this workshop, email swright@samford.edu.

Live Performance and Video Technology
6:00 - 9:00 pm, Birmingham-Southern College, Dance Studio #3

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Friday, January 17

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

Koresh Dance Company's school performance focuses on "Styles of Dance" from their current repertory. Teachers are invited to attend the free workshop "Moving the Curriculum" on January 10 to learn practical tools that will prepare students for watching this performance. 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. Class schedules and descriptions are available here or register now.

Koresh Dance Company Performance
7:30 pm, Inside the Dance, Pre-performance talk with Ivan Sygoda
8:00 pm, Public Performance
Post-performance discussion moderated by Ivan Sygoda
Samford University Wright Center

Samford University’s Wright Center and the Alabama Dance Festival co-present Koresh Dance Company in an evening that mixes classical works with both world music and contemporary music to explore rhythm. Buy tickets!

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Saturday, January 18

Alabama Dance Festival Professional and Pre-Professional Master Classes

9:00 am – 3:00 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.

Bart's ArtVenture! On the Move!
11:45 am - 12:30 pm, Jemison Gallery
Birmingham Museum of Art
Free Admission

Join Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer of Bridgman|Packer Dance for a family-oriented movement workshop that explores the artists’ innovative work with “video partnering” – the integration of live performance and video technology. Art and Myrna will lead participants in a movement warm-up followed by an interactive exploration of their performance set installation for Voyeur with live camera projections. All ages welcome – please wear comfortable clothing, tennis shoes or socks (no hard-sole shoes). Be ready to move!

Bridgman|Packer Dance presents Voyeur
1:30 pm, Inside the Dance, Pre-performance talk/explore the installation with Samantha Kelly
2:00 pm, Public Performance
Post-performance discussion moderated by Ivan Sygoda
Jemison Gallery, Birmingham Museum of Art
Free Admission (limited seating - come early!)

Co-presented by the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Alabama Dance Festival, Voyeur pushes Bridgman|Packer’s exploration of the live and virtual into new territory choreographically, thematically, and technologically. With the paintings of Edward Hopper as a point of departure, this work bears witness to fragmented moments of private lives. It incorporates a multi-surfaced set made of hinged panels at various angles. Through the use of video projections, the set transforms, evoking imagery of both spatial and psychological enclosures as the performers are seen through the windows and doorway.

Recommended for mature audiences.

Bridgman|Packer Dance presents Voyeur
5:30 pm, Inside the Dance, Pre-performance talk/explore the installation with Ivan Sygoda
6:00 pm, Public Performance
Post-performance discussion moderated by Ivan Sygoda
Jemison Gallery, Birmingham Museum of Art
Free Admission (limited seating - come early!)

Recommended for mature audiences.

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. The New Works Concert will feature a special guest appearance by the Alabama Ballet, performing Jiří Kylián’s Sechs tänze. Buy tickets!

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Sunday, January 19

 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!

Live Performance and Video Technology
6:00 - 9:00 pm, Birmingham-Southern College, Dance Studio #3

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Monday, January 20

Live Performance and Video Technology
9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Birmingham-Southern College, Dance Studio #3

The workshop concludes with an informal work-in-progress showing at 2:00 pm.

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The Meaning, Context and Movement workshop offers K-12 classroom teachers a free professional development opportunity on January 10, 8:30 am-3:30 pm at Children's Dance Foundation.

Dance Across Birmingham offers free community classes for all ages on January 11 at the BJCC. 

The free Birmingham Dance Showcase is on January 11, 12:30 pm, at the BJCC Theatre, and features a variety of local dance companies, such as Nathifa Dance Company and Outreach.

Bridgman|Packer Dance is teaching a Live Performance and Video Technology Workshop during the Festival.

 

Ronen (Roni) Koresh and Koresh Dance Company are offering free community residency activities during the Festival.

 

 

Koresh Dance Company presents a free matinee performance for schools on January 17, 10:00 am, at the Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center.



Samford University and the Alabama Dance Festival present Koresh Dance Company on January 17, 8:00 pm, at Samford University's Wright Center.

The Alabama Dance Festival offers a variety of master classes for professional, college and pre-professional dancers on January 17-19.

 

The Birmingham Museum of Art and Alabama Dance Festival present Bridgman|Packer Dance in Voyeur on January 18, 2:00 and 6:00 pm in the Jemison Gallery at Birmingham Museum of Art. Recommended for mature audiences.

 

The New Works Concert on January 18, 8:00 pm, at the Wright Center, features the work of choreographers from across the Southeast, such as Elie Lazar at Troy State University.

 

The Alabama Dance Festival Showcase is the final performance on January 19, 2:30 pm, Alabama School of Fine Arts' Dorothy Jemison Day Theater, featuring regional companies such as Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre.