Dance at Alabama School of Fine Arts
Joy in movement ASFA’s dance curriculum explores the body as an instrument of creative expression, giving students the technical foundation to find joy in movement.
The cutting edge of dance Students explore diverse dance forms both contemporary and historical as they develop core techniques, and delve into theory, choreography, dance history, and technical theater. Faculty keep their finger on the pulse of an ever-changing dance world, injecting vibrancy and novelty into the curriculum.
A professional approach ASFA dance students learn first-hand about the industry from visiting performers and working-artist faculty, explore the range of professional opportunities available to them, and take part in master classes. Students regularly perform specially commissioned works by world-class choreographers. With the dance world demystified, students are prepared to make informed decisions about their own futures.
Whole-body, well body We take a whole-body approach to dance, grounded in the Revolutionary Principles of Movement curriculum. Physical well-being plays a central role through both Pilates and courses in injury prevention and nutrition. Our staff includes a registered physical therapist and a nurse, who assist students in maintaining wellness and developing sustainable, healthy habits.
The stage is the best teacher Performance is central to the ASFA dance experience. Both new and traditional repertoire are featured in three staged productions each year. At the culmination of their ASFA dance experience, each senior conceives, choreographs, and produces a juried showcase that celebrates their evolving individual identity as a dancer.
Learn from top talent!
Wes Chapman, ASFA Dance Chair, ASFA alum, former artistic director of Alabama Ballet, former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer and director of ABT II
Margi Cole, ASFA dance faculty, ASFA alum, artistic director, choreographer, dancer, educator, and founder of The Dance COLEctive
Germaul Barnes, ASFA dance faculty, BESSIE award-winning répétiteur for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and artistic director of Viewsic Dance, artistic director of Southern DanceWorks
Shawn Black, ASFA dance faculty, ASFA alum, extensive dance educator and former Alabama Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and American Ballet Theatre dancer, and master educator/choreographer