Coming Together Through Dance

The Alabama Dance Theatre’s mission since its founding in 1986 has always included serving the community through dance through dance training, performances, and educational outreach programs like MPS On Their Toes and the Girl Scout Dance Badge program.

When Covid-19 imposed restrictions on theatre spaces and made it impossible to bring MPS students to live performances in 2020, ADT devised a new way to continue educational outreach to young people. “We have designed a completely new program: a community open house called “Coming Together Through Dance. Partnering with the City of Montgomery’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Parks and Recreation, we are inviting young people from our community to try dance classes without the expense, commitment, and other normal barriers to entry to dance” said Artistic Director Kate Seale Smith.

Young people from age 8 to 19 from any dance experience level are invited to the Alabama Dance Theatre’s studios at the Armory Learning Arts Center to try a series of three classes, each an hour long, from 10am to 1:30pm. Classes will rotate by age group to take one class with each guest teacher; ADT faculty will be present to assist. A free t-shirt for the event will be given to each participant. Advance registration is required, but the day’s classes are free and open to any member of the community.

“This is the opposite of having students attend a full staged performance: this is a chance to be in the studio, where the work begins. We are thrilled to have Lauren Anderson, the first African-American principal ballerina of Houston Ballet, now program manager of Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement, visit us in Montgomery to offer, as she puts it, “A Chance to Dance!” said Emily Flowers, Director of Development and Public Relations. The other studios will be taught by special guest instructors Lance Washington, hip hop dancer, teacher, and award-winning choreographer, and ADT alum, professional dancer and choreographer Taylor Jordan of New York.

The Armory Learning Arts Center’s Covid-19 protocols will be in place for this event, with temperature checks at the door, masks, and spacing. Advanced registration is strongly suggested to secure a space. All participants will be placed according to age, and will be grouped Ages 8-11, 12-14, and 15-19 years. Class Attire should be clothing that allows freedom of movement with socks for footwear. Long hair should be secured. Jewelry and loose clothing should not be worn in class. Registration is FREE. Class sizes are limited and will be filled in the order that registration is received. 

Community Day is planned to be held on a quarterly basis through 2021. Sponsors of 2021 Community Day events are the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery Foundation.  The series is a partnership with the City of Montgomery’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Registration is now open!

Where: The Alabama Dance Theatre at the Armory Learning Arts Center

When: April 10 from 10:00AM to 1:30PM

Who: Ages 8-19

Cost: Free!

Attire: Clothing should allow freedom of movement

with socks for footwear. Long hair should be secured.

Jewelry and loose clothing should not be worn in class.

Registration: Registration is FREE. Please register

immediately by mailing this form. Class sizes are limited

and will be filled in the order that registration is received.

Master Faculty

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Ballet

Lauren Anderson

Native Houstonian Lauren Anderson danced with Houston Ballet from 1983 to 2006, performing leading roles in all the great classical ballets, appearing across the world to critical acclaim, and in the process, becoming one of Houston Ballet’s most beloved stars. In January 2007, Anderson assumed her new role in Houston Ballet’s education department where she teaches ballet classes at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, conducts master classes at area schools, and lectures to students on dance and her historic career as one of America’s most distinguished African-American ballerinas. 

 

She trained exclusively at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy from the age of seven. She joined Houston Ballet in 1983 and in 1990 became the first African-American to be promoted to principal dancer at Houston Ballet – and one of the few African-American ballerinas at the head of a major ballet company anywhere in the world. In addition, Anderson received the Special Jury Award at the 1990 International Ballet Competition as well as the International Critics Award in Chile. Ms. Anderson has performed across the globe as a guest artist.

 

Anderson danced leading roles in all of the classical ballets. Her contemporary repertoire included works by George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Christopher Bruce, James Kudelka, Trey McIntyre, and Stanton Welch AM. Anderson created the title role in Ben Stevenson's Cleopatra, and her performance as Cleopatra received accolades from international critics. Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times compared her to the great Italian actress Eleanora Duse, and Christine Temin of The Boston Globe pronounced her "a powerhouse in interpreting the role that Stevenson created on her."

 

In April 1999, Anderson was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine. She has also been featured in the People and Pointe Magazine; as well as on the television programs "A&E Breakfast With the Arts," "CBS News Sunday Morning," and the game show, "To Tell the Truth." 

 

Ms. Anderson has been honored by various organizations and received numerous awards. In 2017, she received the Texas Medal of Arts Award for her contribution to the dance world. Ms. Anderson received the Barbara Jordan, Breaking Barriers award from the Harris County Democratic Party. She is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the proud parent of Lawrence Turner.

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Hip-Hop

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 along side of 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. 

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Contemporary and Improvisation

Taylor Jordan

Taylor Jordan 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.

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The Alabama Dance Theatre will continue to follow guidelines set forth by the CDC.

COVID-19 Protocols are still in place (masks are required) for all summer programs listed above until further notice.

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