CityDance

CityDance is made possible through the generous support of Regions, Alabama State Council on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, The City of Birmingham, BBVA Compass, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama, Wells Fargo, Alabama Power, The Daniel Foundation, The Hill Crest Foundation and the Alabama Ballet Junior Board.

16-week Dance Training outreach program
(target grades: 3-5)

Fall Session: Sept 15 - Nov 7
Spring Session: Jan 5 - Mar 6
Special Performance: March 14, 2014

CityDance Performance

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 6:00pm
Alabama Ballet Center for Dance
Reception Immediately Following

CityDance - an outreach program of the Alabama Ballet modeled after the Boston Ballet program of the same name-brings dance education into inner-city schools, providing underprivileged children with the opportunity to learn about all aspects of the art form. The children, taught by a member of the Alabama Ballet faculty, learn the basics of ballet, jazz, and even explore dance imaging concepts modeled after the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Since its inception, CityDance's popularity has grown and the program has expanded to two eight-week programs, which reach five elementary schools within the Birmingham area. Approximately, 200 new students are exposed to this outreach program every year. At the completion of the two eight-week programs, all participating schools come together for one special performance at the Alabama Ballet Center for Dance.

The benefits of the outreach program extend beyond exposing children to the arts. Dance education improves learning, specifically math, and develops social skills as well as building self-esteem. The arts also benefit from this outreach program because it brings in new talent that otherwise might never have made its way to the ballet class. Tracey Alvey, Alabama Ballet's Artistic Director, said, "If we didn't have CityDance, we might miss the next ballet star."

For further information, please contact the Alabama Ballet at (205) 322-9095 or information@alabamaballet.org.