The Downtown Dance Conservatory, planted in the heart of historic downtown Gadsden, Alabama, offers quality dance education training for the beginner to advanced student. Located inside the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, the Conservatory is dedicated to preserving the artistic form of dance through technique, expression, and innovation. With a strong foundation of classical ballet training and education, the Conservatory also spans a variety of multicultural, contemporary, and other genres of movement and dance. Each class is designed to encourage and stimulate the progress of each student’s mental and physical capabilities. The Conservatory also takes pride in its non-competitive atmosphere to increase the sense of dance as a cooperative and connected form of art.
The Downtown Dance Conservatory serves as the dance department division of the Gadsden Community School for the Arts, which holds full membership to the National Guild of Community Schools for the Arts and also provides more than $20,000 in need based scholarships to its students each year. These projects are operated by the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, and its affiliation with the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
With an enrollment of more than 200 dedicated students training on a weekly basis, the Conservatory’s influence also spans throughout the surrounding community with programs such as Community Workshop Series, Downtown Dance Artists Ensemble, “Dancing with a Heart of Giving” annual Ch