Alabama Dance Council
The Alabama Dance Council (ADC) is a statewide, nonprofit service organization for the Alabama dance community. The ADC’s mission is to promote the study, creation, performance and enjoyment of dance in all forms. The ADC offers a forum for communication about dance and provides services that support the artistic work of professional dancers, choreographers and dance educators, and advance the artistic experiences of dance students and audiences.
– The diversity of dance
– Sharing dance as an art form
– Making dance accessible
– Providing a comprehensive network
– Developing educational opportunities
– Advancing audience development
– Building effective advocacy strategies
– Expanding member services
– Developing diverse funding
– Creating a supportive structure
– Maximizing the visibility of dance
The ADC annually presents the Alabama Dance Festival, traditionally held on the weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day each January. In 2008, the Festival’s 11th year, over seven-hundred people came to Birmingham to take part in over eighty dance classes, professional development workshops, and community dance classes. The Festival offers an opportunity for dancers to take class with master artists and teachers from across the U.S., as well as to attend a performance by the Festival’s company-in-residence.
The Festival’s newest component, Dance Across Birmingham, is designed to make dance accessible to the Birmingham community and showcase local artists through free community classes and performances. Everyone, regardless of past dance experience, is invited to come take class in a variety of styles.
Local and state dance groups are highlighted in two showcase performances: The Birmingham Dance Showcase, and the Alabama Dance Showcase. Thirty-five companies performed during the 2008 Festival.
For information regarding ADC membership, the Alabama Dance Festival, or Dance Across Birmingham, please feel free to contact us anytime.