Alabama Dance Council

 January 20 - 29, 2017


Dance is the hidden language of the soul - Martha Graham

The 2017 Alabama Dance Festival

The Alabama Dance Festival on January 20 - 29 is proud to present CONTRA-TIEMPO 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 save. Compare prices here!

Online Registration Instructions

Scholarship Audition Results

The Ultimate Dance Experience

Immerse yourself in dance by starting on January 7 (re-scheduled for March 18) 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 27 – 29, including the New Works Concert on January 27, CONTRA-TIEMPO on January 28, and concluding with the Alabama Dance Festival Showcase on January 29!


Dance for Schools

Classroom teachers – we’ve planned some great activities for you and your students! Teachers will want to start on January 20 with a free Teacher Workshop taught by our guest company CONTRA-TIEMPO, 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 CONTRA-TIEMPO on January 27. Free dance classes are also available for students and teachers at the Festival’s community event, Dance Across Birmingham on January 7. 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 27 – 29. Check out the available class schedules and registration options. 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 27 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 $35 audition fee payable to ABT the day of the audition. 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 28.  NOTE: Dancers must register online for the audition classes to receive the online Audition Form that must be submitted by January 18. No walk-ups are permitted for these auditions. Click here to download a list of audition opportunities. Click here for audition class instructions.

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.




Watch on Vimeo

CONTRA-TIEMPO performs Agua Furiosa on January 28, 8:00 pm, at the Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center.

Dance Across Birmingham offers free community classes for all ages on January 7 at the BJCC. 


CONTRA-TIEMPO presents a free matinee performance for schools on January 27, 10:00 am, at the Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center.

The free Arts Integration Movement workshop for K-12 classroom teachers is on January 20, 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 27-29.

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