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June 11, 2015

Welcome to Footworks!, a publication of the Alabama Dance Council. Please stay tuned each week as we keep you informed of news, performances and special events from the Alabama dance community.
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In this issue:

Save the Date for the 2016 Alabama Dance Festival!

Connect with the ADC

Natyananda 2015: A Benefit Performance for Nepal

Sanspointe Dance-a-Bama Tour

The FILES Arts Project Dance & Music Workshop

AL Dance Educators Network Launches Summer Dance Series

Alabama Dance Theatre Summer Classes

Alabama Ballet Junior Camp

Hosanna Summer Dance Festival 2015

Infant Play and Baby-Wearing Ballet

Artistic Director Position: Sanspointe Dance Company

Save the Date for the 2016 Alabama Dance Festival!

The Alabama Dance Council is proud to announce the dates and the guest company for the 2016 Alabama Dance Festival! For all you ballet lovers, the Festival is proud to present Jessica Lang Dance in partnership with Samford University! So, please mark your calendars now and plan to attend: January 29, New Works Concert, 8pm; January 30, Jessica Lang Dance, 8pm; January 31, Alabama Dance Festival Showcase, 2:30pm. All performances are at the Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center. The date for Dance Across Birmingham will be announced soon!

Jessica Lang Dance Repertory Reel

Connect with the ADC Online


Natyananda 2015: A Benefit Performance for Nepal
Sanspointe Dance-a-Bama Tour
The FILES Arts Project Dance & Music Workshop
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June 13: Natyananda" Dance of India presents a benefit concert for the earthquake victims of Nepal on June 13, 2 pm, at The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Birmingham, 200 N Chandalar Dr, Pelham, AL 35124. The performance features guest artist from Chennai, India, rising star Venkatakrishnan Mahalingam, with Natyananda founder Sheila Rubin, graduates, and students in a full classical performance of Bharata Natyam. Delicious South Indian snacks will be served following the performance. $10 donation requested. ALL donations (tax deductible) will go through Heifer International to Nepal.


June 15-19: Sanspointe Dance Company will be hitting the road this summer in order to share solo and group Contemporary Dance choreography and performance within their home state of Alabama. ALL performances are FREE. Master classes are FREE, unless denoted with a ($). Master classes are for intermediate level/teenage to adult. Each performance will include a Q&A session afterward.

Monday, June 15th-Birmingham Children's Dance Foundation: CDF Studio Theatre; Show at 6pm/Class ($) at 7pm, as a part of the CDF Summer Adult Contemporary Series
Tuesday, June 16th-Tuscaloosa The University of Alabama: Clark Studio; Class at 5:30pm (open auditions too)/Show at 6:30pm
Thursday, June 18th-Huntsville Valley Dance Theatre; Class at 5:30pm/Show at 6:30pm
Friday, June 19th-Gadsden Downtown Dance Conservatory; Class at 6pm/Show at 7pm


June 15-19: The FILES Arts Project Dance & Music Workshop 2015 will be held on Monday, June 15 - Friday, June 19 at The Carver Theatre in Birmingham. Our workshop offers rigorous training for beginner dancers & musicians ages 6-11, and intermediate dancers & musicians ages 12 & up. Our dance classes, which feature Ballet, Horton, Graham, & Jazz techniques, provide dancers the opportunity to refine their skills, explore the latest in modern/contemporary movement, injury prevention, and more! The goal of the music classes is to teach saxophone & flute fundamentals like tone production, technique, phrasing, and advanced concepts will also be introduced. How to prepare for auditions (College or All-State) will be covered. This is a free workshop sponsored by The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, and space is limited! .


AL Dance Educators Network Summer Dance Series
Alabama Dance Theatre Summer Classes
Alabama Ballet Junior Camp
Summer Series 2015
June 16-July 21: The K-12 Alabama Dance Educators Network, members of the Alabama Dance Council teaching in public schools, is launching a Summer Dance Class Series open to all middle school and high school dance students. Classes are $5/class and registration is 30 minutes prior to the class start time: 4:00-5:30pm beginner/intermediate; 5:30-7:00pm intermediate/advanced, at Children's Dance Foundation. For more info, email

June 16, Allison Barnes, Birmingham, AL, Hip Hop
June 23, Kelly Lester, Univ of Southern MS, Modern
July 7, Stacy Alley, Univ of AL, Musical Theatre
July 14, Winston Strickland, MADSKILZZ Dance Co, Hip Hop
July 21, Sarah Barry, Univ of AL, Contemporary
June 16-July 16: The Alabama Dance Theatre will be offering summer classes in classical ballet (pre-ballet to the professional level), pointe and variations, pas de deux,, composition, modern, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, tap, and “Back to Dance”. Session II is June 29th - July 16th. There will also be a “Tutu’s and Tiaras” camp for ages 3-8 June 22nd – 26th. The Alabama Dance Theatre Summer Seminar for intermediate and advanced dancers will be held July 20th – August 3th. Classes will be held at the Armory Learning Arts Center, home of the Alabama Dance Theatre located at 1018 Madison Avenue. For more information please call 334-241-2590 or visit


June 22-July 3: Join the Alabama Ballet for a 2-week Junior Ballet Camp for dancers 8-12 years of age. Students will take age appropriate ballet classes, learn modern dance and jazz technique, and take character and/or theatre dance classes. All students will study dance history and prepare for an end of the session performance. Family and friends are invited to join us for this performance. Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Students need to bring a sack lunch. Cost is $475 for 2 weeks and $285 for 1 week. Contact Libba Owen at 205-322-1874 or to make your reservations.


Hosanna Summer Dance Festival 2015

Infant Play and Baby-Wearing Ballet

Artistic Director Position: Sanspointe Dance Company
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July 6-25: The Hosanna Summer Dance Festival offers to dancers and the arts community an inspirational three weeks of high caliber dance training and concerts while honoring and serving God. This event is staffed by a coalition of highly esteemed Master Class dance instructors, choreographers, and directors from across the nation. Master Class dance styles include: Classical Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Modern, Character Dance, and Conditioning.

This truly unique event encourages dance students to develope as young artists through Master Classes of varying styles and specialized dance electives. A three week mentoring program offers a trainee the opportunity to fine tune their professional aspirations through company classes, rehearsals, and evening concert performances. For more information visit:


July 9-31: The Dance Foundation announces a class especially for infants and their favorite grown up, and a class especially for adults and their favorite little one! Four classes are offered in July on July 9, 16, 23 and 30. Come to one or both!

Infant Play: Learn creative infant play that supports your little one in reaching developmental milestones. Infant and adult participate together. $25/all four classes. Thursdays, 9:45-10:15

Adult Baby-Wearing Ballet Ballet: designed specifically for adult with baby worn in a carrier. Baby must be at least 6 weeks old. $10/class, drop-in basis. Thursdays, 10:45-11:30


Aug 1: Sanspointe Dance Company Position Announcement:
Position Title: Artistic Director
Announcing Date: June 1, 2015
Closing Date: August 1, 2015
Job Beginning Date: December 1, 2015
Salary: Stipend per project; Compensation for administrative duties in addition to artistic duties
Job Description: The Artistic Director is appointed by and reports directly to the Board of Directors. The AD oversees the artistic direction of the company and helps to provide direction on season performances, community events/education and artistic collaboration. There are opportunities to choreograph, teach, and perform with the company..


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