Alabama Dance Council

 January 22 - 31, 2016


Dance is the hidden language of the soul - Martha Graham

The 2016 Alabama Dance Festival

The Alabama Dance Festival on January 22 - 31 is proud to present Jessica Lang Dance in partnership with Samford University as the guest company-in-residence. 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!

The Ultimate Dance Experience

Immerse yourself in dance by starting on January 9 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 29 – 31, including the New Works Concert on January 29, Jessica Lang Dance on January 30, and concluding with the Alabama Dance Festival Showcase on January 31!


Dance for Schools

Classroom teachers – we’ve planned some great activities for you and your students! Teachers will want to start on January 22 with a free Teacher Workshop 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 our guest company Jessica Lang Dance on January 29. Free dance classes are also available for students and teachers at the Festival’s community event, Dance Across Birmingham on January 9. More information coming soon!


School Reservation Form (DOC)
School Reservation Form (PDF)
Memo from Dr. Bice (PDF)
Dance for Schools Flyer (PDF)


For Professional and Pre-Professional Dancers

Online registration is now open! Professional, college and pre-professional dancers (grades 6 – 12) can register for weekend packages that include master classes and performance tickets for January 29 – 31. 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 29 for summer programs and college/university dance programs. These fabulous audition opportunities will be announced soon! New for 2016: The audition classes are FREE with the purchase of a Festival registration package. If you can't attend the Festival, you can still register for the audition class by selecting the Single Session 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.

Audition Info & Requirements (PDF)
Audition Form (PDF)

Our Sponsors

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


Jessica Lang Dance performs on January 30, 8:00 pm at the Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center through a partnership with Samford University.

Dance Across Birmingham offers free community classes for all ages on January 9 at the BJCC. 


Jessica Lang Dance presents a free matinee performance for schools on January 29, 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 22, 9:00 am-3:30 pm at Children's Dance Foundation.

The Alabama Dance Festival offers a variety of master classes for professional, college and pre-professional dancers on January 29-31.