Alabama Dance Council

 January 12 - 21, 2018


Dance is the hidden language of the soul - Martha Graham

The 2018 Alabama Dance Festival

The Alabama Dance Festival on January 12 - 21 is proud to co-present Ballet Memphis with UAB's Alys Stephens Center as the guest company-in-residence for our twentieth Festival! The Festival offers a variety of performances and classes for all ages and levels. Whether you are a seasoned professional, student dancer, or an enthusiastic audience member, there is something for everyone!


Non-members can join the ADC during the Festival registration process and receive the member discount.

Ticket link coming soon!

The Ultimate Dance Experience

Immerse yourself in dance by starting on January 6 with Dance Across Birmingham – a day of free dance classes designed for beginners of all ages and a free Birmingham Dance Showcase performance featuring a variety of Birmingham dance companies. Purchase a discounted weekend pass for Festival performances on January 19 – 21, including the New Works Concert on January 19, Ballet Memphis on January 20, and concluding with the Alabama Dance Festival Showcase on January 21!


Dance for Schools

Classroom teachers – we’ve planned some great activities for you and your students! Teachers will want to start on January 12 with a free Teacher Workshop taught by Celeste Miller, where you will receive movement-based arts integration tools and materials. Put this information to use right away to prepare your students for the Festival’s free school matinee performance presented by Ballet Memphis on January 19. Free dance classes are also available for students and teachers at the Festival’s community event, Dance Across Birmingham on January 6. More information and reservation forms coming soon!


School Reservation Form (DOC)
School Flier and Reservation Form (PDF)

For Professional and Pre-Professional Dancers

Professional, college and pre-professional dancers (grades 6 – 12) can register for weekend packages that include master classes, performance opportunities, and performance tickets for January 19 – 21. Organizations may earn 1 free registration for every 10 paid package registrations of equal or lesser value. All performers must meet registration requirements. 

The Festival also offers scholarship audition classes on January 19 for summer programs and college/university dance programs. Auditions are grouped by age and type: 1) Summer Intensives & College for High School Seniors - College, 2) the Summer Intensive Programs for Ages 15 - High School Juniors, and 3) the Summer Intensive Programs for Ages 11 - 14. The audition classes are FREE (with the exception of ABT) with the purchase of a Festival registration package. You can register just for the audition classes by selecting the Single Classes registration option and paying the registration fee of $30 (ADC members) or $35 (non-members). Please note that the ABT Summer Intensive Audition classes are separate and require a $40 audition fee payable to ABT the day of the audition or pre-register on the ABT website by December 30 and pay a $35 audition fee. A complete list of scholarship opportunities offered for the Scholarship Audition classes will be available this fall. The Jacob's Pillow Musical Theater Dance Audition is on January 20.  NOTE: Dancers must register online for the audition classes to receive the online Audition Form that must be submitted by January 12. No walk-ups are permitted for these auditions.

Our Sponsors

The Alabama Dance Festival gratefully acknowledges and thanks the Sponsors, Community Partners, and Contributors for their generous support of the twentieth Alabama Dance Festival.




The Alabama Dance Festival and UAB's Alys Stephens Center present Ballet Memphis on January 20, 2018, 8:00 pm at the Alys Stephens Center's Jemison Concert Hall.

Dance Across Birmingham offers free community classes for all ages on January 6 at the BJCC. 


Ballet Memphis presents a free matinee performance for schools on January 19, 10:00 am, at UAB's Alys Stephens Center.

The free Arts Integration Movement workshop for K-12 classroom teachers is on January 12, 9:00 am-3:30 pm at The Dance Foundation.

The Alabama Dance Festival offers a variety of master classes for professional, college and pre-professional dancers on January 19-21.

Classes are held at the Alabama Ballet, Alabama School of Fine Arts, and The Dance Foundation.