Founding Artistic Director Katherine "Miss Kitty" Litchfield Seale 1948-2019
“When I was a little girl, I fell in love with dancing.”
What she’s passed on for the past 33 years as founder and artistic director of the Alabama Dance Theatre is more than ballet. It’s also more than any other style of dance they offer. She’s given positive life lessons to thousands of youths, mostly young women. As they've grown, these lessons have been carried with them on whatever path they chose to take, influencing the community at large.
- Shannon Heupel, Montgomery Advertiser
Who are we?
The Alabama Dance Theatre was founded in 1986 by Kitty Seale, Artistic Director. We are located in Alabama's "Capital of Dreams" at the Armory Learning Arts Center on Madison Avenue. ADT is an award winning, regional ballet company with an eclectic repertoire that includes the 19th century classics as well as new modern and contemporary works. The company emphasizes serious training for the pre-professional dancer. The training foundation is classical ballet drawing strongly from the Russian Syllabus.
Our regional company started in 1986 with six advanced dancers who were committed to creating a new community space for dance and bringing quality performances to central Alabama. In the past 34 years the company has grown to include 34 company dancers and over 190 students in our school.
In addition to its public performances ADT hosts a number of educational activities in the community which serve to build our audience and enhance the cultural life of our city.
It has always been the mission of our Founding Director, Kitty Seale, to challenge her dancers technically and artistically, all the while maintaining a nurturing environment where each dancer, regardless of career aspirations, can excel.
We strive to train and educate students in the disciplined art of dance and to educate and develop the future audience for dance in central Alabama.