Summer Dance Intensive 


July 12 - 24 

Since its founding in 1986, The Alabama Dance Theatre has grown to become the premier pre-professional training studio in the River Region. Presenting a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers and resident choreographers.

The 35th annual Summer Dance Intensive will be located at the Armory Learning Arts Center, the home of the Alabama Dance Theatre. This program is a two-week intensive geared towards ages 10 and up with three separate training tracks. Dancers will have a ballet class in the morning followed by a specialty class. After lunch dancers will participate in numerous rehearsals that will result in our annual Stars on the Riverfront performance at the picturesque Riverwalk Amphitheatre in downtown Montgomery.


Tuition is $400 with early registration before June 21. ($450 after) Dancers will need to bring their own lunches. 

Master Faculty


Frederick Lee Rocas


Frederick Rocas was born in Manila, Philippines and received his ballet training with Ballet Manila. He became a member of the Philippine National Gymnastics Team and represented the country in various competitions abroad. He then continued his ballet training, accepting a scholarship offered by Academy One School of Ballet and Arts. With the Alabama Ballet, Frederick has performed Basilio in Don Quixote, Cavalier in Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, Mercutio in Van Fleteren’s Romeo and Juliet, The Prince in Van Fleteren’s Cinderella, Blue Boy in Ashton’s Les Patineurs and has performed Kylian’s Sechs Tänze and DeMille’s The Other and Rodeo and Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room.


Shawn Black


Shawn Black, a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, began studying dance at age six. At ten she trained at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Dance Department. At 11 Ms. Black auditioned for and was accepted at Alabama School of Fine Arts under the direction of Dame Sonia Arova and Thor Sutowski. When she graduated, she received the school’s prestigious Prix de Excellence de Danse and was listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students. That summer she represented the United States as the only female member of the team sent to the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, Finland. At 18 she danced with Atlanta Ballet, and at 19 she auditioned for Mikhail Baryshnikov and was accepted into American Ballet Theatre and went on to work with world-renowned dancers and choreographers on stage, television, and in movies. Ms. Black is listed in Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in America.


Dancing with Mikhail Baryshnikov, her featured roles included: the movie “Dancers,” Pas de Trois, and Cygnets in “Swan Lake,” Flower Girl in “Don Quixote,” and Peasant Pas de Deux in “Giselle.” Working with Agnes De Mille, she was cast in a leading role in “Fall River Legend” and as the principal dancer, Cowgirl, in “Rodeo.” Working with Twyla Tharp, Ms. Black danced In the “Upper Room,” “Brief Fling,” and “Elements.” Anthony Tudor cast her in his “Pillar of Fire” and for the television filming of his ballet “Dark Elegies.” Sir Kenneth McMillan cast her as Princess Florine in his ballet “Sleeping Beauty.” She also danced leading roles in Clark Tippet’s “Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1,” Jiri Kylian’s “Sinfonietta,” James Kudelka’s “Cruel World,” Glenn Tetley’s “Rite of Spring,” and Sir Fredrick Ashton’s “Symphonic Variations.”


Recently, Ms. Black taught at San Elijo Dance and Music Academy in San Diego, California, where she has recently choreographed and staged a Children’s Theater production of “Peter and the Wolf.”


Ms. Black has restaged and coached several ballets for dance companies around the United States. Here is a partial list:


2003: “La Bayadere, Act I” (Alabama Dance Theater., Montgomery);


2005: “Sleeping Beauty, Act III” (Alabama Dance Theater, Montgomery);


2006: “Coppellia, Act I” (Alabama Dance Theater, Montgomery);


2007: “La Bayadere, Act II” (Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham);


“Les Sylphides” (San Diego, California);


2008: “Swan Lake, Act II” (Alabama Dance Theater, Montgomery); and


2009: “Paquita” (Alabama Dance Theater, Montgomery).


“Coppelia Act III” (Alabama Dance Theater, Montgomery).


Ms. Black’s teaching experience includes American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Hawaii, Alabama Ballet, Alabama Dance Theater, Charleston Ballet Theater, Virginia Ballet Theater, Santa Fe Community College, the University of South Carolina, and San Elijo Dance and Music Academy in San Elijo, California.


Lance Washington


Lance Washington spent the past ten years as a principal dancer with the Patti Rutland Jazz company in Dothan, Alabama.  He is originally from Chicago, Illinois.   He received his professional hip-hop training from Maurice Fulkon in Chicago, Joshua Allen in Texas, and Vincent Johnson from Atlanta.  His professional credits include industrial television work in Chicago. National awards in choreography include the Platinum Power Award from Platinum National Dance Competition, which also earned his crew the opportunity to be featured on the front cover for the Platinum Dance Convention brochure.  In 2011, Lance made it through to Vegas for the hit television series So You Think You Can Dance. Lance is also a teacher within the Patti Rutland Jazz Arts in Education Outreach program.  This is the largest outreach program in the state that includes teaching over 6000 elementary and middle school children weekly.  He taught /teaches at The Patti Rutland Jazz Dance Centre, The Dothan School of Dance, Enterprise School of Dance, and Panama City Dance Academy, and A Time to Dance studio. Lance Washington has also taught for the 2015 and 2016 Jazz on Tap convention in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted by Marcus Alford and Annie Day.  Lance has also taught and danced alongside Rustin Matthew, Phillip "Pacman" Chbeeb, Rob Hoffman, Balta Monkiki, Nick Wilson, Nicole Kirkland, and Jimmy Locust.  He also works as a hip-hop choreographer for many other groups throughout the Southeast and has won numerous regional choreography awards this year. Lance is very excited about how his career is taking him to so many places where he is meeting more and more talented dancers, choreographers and friends. 


Taylor Jordan

Ballet, Contemporary

Taylor Jordan is a native of Montgomery, Alabama began her dance training at Baldwin Arts and Academics Magnet School in the 6th grade. She spent her high school years studying at Alabama Dance Theatre. After graduating high school she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to dance in the second company at Charlotte Ballet. Throughout her high school years, Jordan also trained with Nederlands Dans Theater, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, Portland Festival Ballet, and Alabama Ballet on full scholarships. Jordan recently graduated from LINES Ballet Training Program. She has worked with choreographers including Sol Leon, Patricia McBride, John Magnus, Mark Diamond, Maurya Kerr, Gioconda Barbuto, Carmen Rozenstraten, Juan Rodriguez, and Gregory Dawson. Taylor was honored to become a company member with dawsondancesf in 2018.


Stars on the Riverfront 


July 25 & 26, 2021
7:30 PM
Riverwalk Amphitheater

The Alabama Dance Theatre is delighted to return to full-scale performances when they present Stars on the Riverfront

at the Riverfront Amphitheatre on July 25 and 26. 


Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kate Seale Smith, the ADT Company of pre-professional dancers studies ballet and other styles of dance year-round. Stars on the Riverfront is the culmination of ADT’s annual two-week dance intensive, Summer Seminar, which is held July 12 through 26th for dancers 10 and older.


The performance will include the classic Etudes, Act 1 of Giselle, as well as new works in modern and contemporary ballet styles by Jenny Letner and Sara Sanford, two of ADT’s teachers and resident choreographers, hip hop work by Lance Washington, and contemporary work by Taylor Jordan. 

Performances will take place on Sunday, July 25th, and Monday, July 26th at 7:30 pm. Gates open at 6 pm. These performances are free, family-friendly, and open to the public. Audiences may bring a picnic. Food trucks on site will be Kona Ice, That’s My Dog, and Streetside Eats. 

Stars on the Riverfront and educational outreach sponsors include Alabama Power, The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the Jean and Adolph Weil, Jr., Family, an anonymous donor, and MAX Wealth Management, with media sponsors Cumulus Media and the Montgomery Advertiser. This performance has been made possible by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.