July 11 - 25, 2022
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 $425 with early registration before June 22. ($450 after) Dancers will need to bring their own lunches.
Check the printable registration form for information on Trainee Track. This track is designed for 8-10 year olds.
Armando Luna began his ballet training in Houston, Texas, with Margo Marshall, Soili Arvola, and Leo Ahonen. His professional dance career spans over 35 years. He danced professionally with Ballet Austin, BalletMet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Atlanta Ballet. In addition, he toured with Ballet Spectacular, performing with Rudolf Nureyev and Alexander Godunov, and performed as a guest artist with Irish National Ballet and Ballet Arizona. He has partnered with Ballerinas Cynthia Gregory and Marianna Tcherkassky. Since retiring from the Atlanta Ballet as a dancer in 1998, he has continued to perform character roles in John McFall's The Nutcracker, Michael Pink's Dracula and Romeo and Juliet, Christian Holder's Transcendence, Yuri Possokhov's Don Quixote, and Bruce Well's Beauty and the Beast.
Armando was the principal teacher of the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education from 1998 through 2019. In 2018, He attended the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Certification Program (Level A). His students are consistently accepted to the most notable summer intensives: such as the School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, to name a few, and many of his students have moved on to dance professionally with Atlanta Ballet, New York City Ballet, Houston Ballet, Alabama Ballet, and Texas Ballet Theatre. He has created over 50 works for the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, ranging from Classical, Neo-classical, and Contemporary Ballets to story ballets such as Babar the Elephant, which the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed.
As a freelance choreographer, he has created works for many other ballet schools, including college dance programs, such as Emory University, Texas Christian University, Goucher College, and Agnes Scott College. In 2013 Armando ignited a partnership with the Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Atlanta Opera for the JCM Foundation to co-create an original work, Speranza, to raise funds and awareness for Johns Hopkins and Emory Pancreatic Cancer research. In addition, Armando worked with the progressive rock band KANSAS, choreographing a pas de deux danced to their famous song Dust in the Wind as the band plays live. This work premiered in Atlanta in 2018 on their Point of Know Return tour and most recently in 2019 in multiple cities in southern California. In the Fall of 2019, Armando choreographed the world premiere of Jack the Ripper for the Savannah Ballet Theatre. In the summer of 2020, Collin County Ballet Theatre commissioned Armando to create a new work. He collaborated with his son Dante Luna (a musician and composer in Los Angeles). The work's title is Expectation of the Dawn, which is about the COVID-19 pandemic; Armando created the choreography at home in Savannah while Dante composed the music in Los Angeles and the dancers learned the choreography virtually in Plano, Texas. Presently, Armando is a national freelance teacher and choreographer. He adjudicated Regional Dance America (RDA) Midstates for their first virtual festival in 2021. Next year, RDA Southeast Regional Ballet Association recently selected Armando as their adjudicator for 2022.
Taylor Jordan is a movement artist, teacher, and choreographer based in New York City. She is a native from Montgomery, Alabama where she studied ballet, modern and jazz at the Alabama Dance Theatre. Throughout her high school years she spent summers away studying at dance companies including Nederlands Dans Theater, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, Portland Festival Ballet and Alabama Ballet.
After graduating high school, Taylor joined Charlotte Ballet II under the instruction of Patricia McBride and Mark Diamond. As a second company member, she traveled and performed for cultural outreach programs. Soon after, Taylor joined the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program under the direction of Karah Abiog. During that time, she apprenticed with Sidra Bell Dance NY and performed original works by Sidra Bell, Shannon Gillen, Gioconda Barbuto, Alex Ketley, Maurya Kerr, Erik Wagner, Carmen Rozestraten, Angelo Dello Iacono, and Gregory Dawson.
During her second year at LINES, Taylor was chosen to teach and assist at the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco and Presidio Middle School. During that time she studied and learned pedagogy. After graduating from the LINES Training Program in May of 2018, she joined dawsondancesf under the direction of Gregory Dawson. She has also performed with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Reyes Dance and xseed2020.
Taylor is currently a company member with Gaspard & Dancers 2022 season, dance educator and choreographer for the Alabama Dance Theatre and Dance Dimensions of New Jersey.
Ballet, Contemporary, Modern
Ashley McQueen, Founder/Artistic Director of Smashworks Dance, is a New York City-based performer, choreographer, and teaching artist. She holds a BFA in Dance from Webster University and an MFA in Dance from Hollins University. She directs and choreographs for Smashworks Dance, a non-profit dance company advocating for women’s empowerment through performance, and leads their Education Outreach partnership with Girl Scouts of Greater New York. She also performs as a company member with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, and teaches for Notes In Motion Education Outreach. Hailed as “a dancer with the grace of a ballerina, the groundedness of an Isadora acolyte, and the impetuous musicality of someone who dances because she must” (Oberon’s Grove), McQueen has worked with choreographers such as Shawn T. Bible, Paris Wilcox, Amanda Selwyn, Maurya Kerr, Jennifer Medina, Christine Knoblauch-O'Neal, Jennifer Huffman-Olivas, Omar Olivas, James Robey, Uri Sands, and Michael Uthoff; and performed as a company member with ShawnBibleDanceCo, Common Thread Contemporary Dance, and Arova Contemporary Ballet.
Her choreography has been commissioned by organizations such as Peridance Youth Ensemble, Hamilton College, Minnesota Ballet, Big Muddy Dance Company, Arova Contemporary Ballet, Alabama Dance Theatre, and Southern Danceworks; and presented at festivals such as Dance St. Louis Spring to Dance, Midwest RADFest, NYC Transit Museum, Westfest: All Over Westbeth, and American College Dance Festival. She was twice invited by ANNONYArts to independently choreograph and direct two evening length concerts and was named a Kranzberg Exhibition Series Guest Artist, where she choreographed Laune, a site-specific dance performance on rideable lawn mowers for Laumeier Sculpture Park. The work culminated in a film installation, Harmony in 3, by Zlatko Cosic that remained on exhibition through February 2016. For four years, she and co-collaborator Thom Dancy have choreographed for Lake Arts Project Milwaukee, including War Words Dance - in partnership with Feast of Crispian and Bright Hill Press (with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts).
“Smashworks . . . what a perfect name for these powerful sisters. McQueen’s company is tightly precise and fearless” (Front Row Center). Smashworks Dance was named a Village Voice “Voice Choices" for their evening length performance of City Stories at Center for Performance Research, and their evening length political satire For Which It Stands - featured in Time Out NY and Brokelyn’s “Top 20 Cheap Things To Do” - toured to St. Louis in Fall 2018. This same year, Smashworks was invited as a local community group to hear Michelle Obama speak on her Becoming tour at the Barclays Center. They were awarded the Theaterlab Hotel New Work residency in collaboration with Hope Salas and Justin Cimino (where they spent 40 hours exploring the fusion of dance and clown). Smashworks most recently partnered with Rebel Girls Productions to write movement activities for their most recent chapter book, “Alicia Alonso Takes The Stage,” published worldwide August 2020.
Ke’Yana is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. She trained with The Alabama Dance Theatre under the direction of the late Kitty Seale and Kate Seale Smith. She is trained in all dance forms with concentrations in Ballet, Pointe, and Modern. Her talents have led her to perform across the nation including in Washington D.C., Chicago, Philadelphia, and Dayton, Ohio. Miss. Robinson is a graduate of Alabama State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.
Stars on the Riverfront
July 24 & 25, 2022
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 24 and 25. 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 "Etudes", a new classical work by Armando Luna, as well as new contemporary works by ADT resident choreographers.
Performances will take place on Sunday, July 24th, and Monday, July 25th 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 TBA
Performances will take place on Sunday, July 24th, and Monday, July 25th 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 TBA