Alabama Dance Theatre announces 2020-2021 Company, Covid-19 performance plans, and staff updates

The Alabama Dance Theatre, formed in 1986, recently carried on an exciting annual tradition, holding Company auditions on Sunday, August 16 at the Armory Learning Arts Center. Thirty-four dancers will form the upcoming season’s pre-professional company, ranging in age from 11 to 17. Senior Company Members are: Jane Abbie Alford, Camilla Ohme, Ryan Tucker, Clover Hardin, Shannon McGaughey, Ja’Niya Kennedy, Lilla Kate Parkman, Celeste Herod and Emily Efferson. Junior Company Members are Amelia Kate Skala, Cameron Crawford, Molly Selman, Kathryn Ruth Parsons, Samantha Bell, Lauren Babcock, Hayes Chapman, Ella Mae Parsons, Alexandria Brooks, Emanuel Wood, Margie Ann Prescott, Miracle Grace Williams, Chandler Davis, Morgan Calhoun, Anna Little, Caroline MacLeod and Lily Givens. Apprentices are Georgia Vance, Caroline Ohme, Cecilia Hamell, Cara Barranco, Martha Armstrong, Addison May, Tempe Grinstead and Chloe Anderson.

These students from area schools and homeschool will continue their rigorous training in ballet, jazz, modern, and hip hop, and have multiple performing opportunities throughout the year.

“We are planning to perform Mistletoe in November at the Davis Theatre, carrying on our holiday tradition in a new format. All of our classes and rehearsals have been redesigned for social distancing and safety. The dancers and teachers are wearing masks at all times. It’s important for dancers to continue their classes for strength and conditioning for their physical safety, and having an artistic outlet is important now more than ever,” says Artistic Director Kate Seale Smith. “I congratulate this year’s Company for their strength, hard work, and passion for dance.”

In addition to performing several times a year, the Company works with choreographers and guest artists, serves as community ambassadors, maintains routine class schedules, and encourages high academic standards. 2020’s graduating seniors have earned scholarships at the University of Alabama, Brenau, or gone on to dance professionally at Alabama Ballet.

Joining the Alabama Dance Theatre's staff as Director of Development and Public Relations is former ADT student and Company member Emily Dauber Flowers. "It's exciting to be coming back to the Alabama Dance Theatre. As a serious dance student at ADT years ago, I grew up in a nurturing, creative second family. This place means so much to so many people. I’m honored to have the chance to work with this team as we plan for the future.” Coming from Troy University as University Media Development Coordinator, Flowers is the former Director of Development at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the former Managing Director of the Cloverdale Playhouse.

The Alabama Dance Theatre is based at the Armory Learning Arts Center, which is located at 1018 Madison Avenue. Classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, modern, and more are offered from age 3 to the professional level. For more info on classes and performances, please visit the newly designed site www.alabamadancetheatre.com or call (334) 625-2590.