Summer Intensive 2017
The Alabama Dance Theatre will host its annual Summer Dance Seminar July 17th-July 31st 2017.
Intermediate and Advanced dancers are eligible for this two week intensive seminar which features classical ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, and contemporary classes taught by a nationally recognized guest faculty.
The Summer Dance Seminar culminates with two FREE performances of “Stars on the Riverfront” that will feature a unique array of classical and contemporary works. Performances are Sunday, July 30 and Monday, July 31st at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Amphitheater.
Ballet Technique and Additional Class (Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary) plus rehearsals
Intermediate I & II (M-F)
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Advanced Levels (M-F)
11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday
Required for all dancers performing in Stars on the Riverfront
Performance Attire: Int. Levels
Females: Pink camsiole leotard
short pink chiffon skirt (Mirella S12),
pink tights, and pink shoes
Males: White leotard or T-shirt, black tights and black shoes
a native of Tuscaloosa, AL, trained at Alabama School of Fine Arts, under the direction of Dame Sonia Arova and Thor Stuowski. Ms. Black had the honor of representing the United States in the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, Finland. She was a soloist with American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov where she worked with Agnes De Mille, Twyla Tharp, Anthony Tudor, Sir Kenneth McMillan, Clark Tippet, Jiri Kylian, James Kudelka, Glenn Tetly, and Sir Frederick Ashton. Her credits include the movie "Dancers", lead roles in "Swan Lake", "Giselle", "Don Quixote", "The Sleeping Beauty", Cowgirl in "Rodeo", "Fall River Legendy", "Pillar of Fire", "Dark Elegies" (T.V.), Kylian's Sinfonietta", and Ashton's "Symphonic Variations," to name a few. Ms. Black is listed in Who's who of American Women and Who's Who in America.
Wendy White Sasser
began her dance training with the Alabama Dance Theatre under the direction of Kitty Seale. She attended the Carver Creative and Performing Arts Center in high school while continue her training at ADT and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts in 1994. Ms. Sasser was a scholarship student at the Joffrey Ballet School and a fellowship student at The Alvin Ailey School before becoming a member of Ailey II. She went on to perform with Donald Byrd/The Group and Complexions of Contemporary Ballet, under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, before joining Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. During her seven years with Ailey, she performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia in roles by many leading choreographers, including Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Twyla Tharp, Ulysses Dove, and Alonzo King. Wendy rejoined Complexions in 2008 and remained a member until 2011. Since then, Wendy has enjoyed time at home with her two young children as well as teaching at Long Island University in Brooklyn.
Juan Rodriguez originally from NY began his training at The Ailey School under the direction of Dennis Jefferson as a scholarship student where he received The Donna Wood Award. He furthered his training at The Juilliard School graduating with a BFA.
Juan has danced professionally with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and has freelanced and been a guest with many others. He has choreographed for The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, The Juilliard Drama Dept., Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Buglisi Dance Theater, and French Academie of Ballet. Juan has taught master classes throughout his extensive touring career. He has taught at summer intensives for Complexions Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Buglisi Dance Theater, and French Academie of Ballet to name a few. He currently teaches at Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center -Ailey Extension, Steps on Broadway where he works closely with students in the contemporary ballet track and is on faculty at French Academie of Ballet year round.