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Dance


The ASFA Dance Department is grounded in classical ballet and classical modern dance. The department uses Revolutionary Principles of Movement’s curriculum. It focuses on research-based kinesiology, while emphasizing the inherent joy of movement and self-expression in dance.   Partnering, pointe, Pilates and repertoire round out the class offerings and a registered physical therapist and nutritionist are on staff. Juniors and seniors take a professional practicum which culminates in a unique student-created and choreographed performance during their senior year.

 

Faculty includes chair Wes Chapman, former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer and director of ABT II; Teri Weksler, one of the founding members of The Mark Morris Dance Group and former member of Baryshinikov’s White Oak Dance Project; Martha Faesi, BA, BFA, MFA, a former soloist in Amsterdam and Belgium and on the faculty at Butler University and Virginia School of the Arts, and master educator/choreographer Germaul Barnes, BESSIE award-winning répétiteur for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and artistic director of Viewsic Dance. Each year, renowned guest teachers and choreographers are brought in for master classes. The repertoire includes works by Robert Battle of Alvin Ailey, Mark Morris, and up and coming choreographers. The dance faculty believes the stage is the best teacher, thus dancers have many performance opportunities. ASFA dance students go on to attend prestigious colleges and join dance companies.

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​​​​​​​Universities/Academies Accepted Into:

Auburn University, Birmingham Southern College, Boston Conservatory, Butler University, Ohio State University, Tulane University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Oklahoma University, Florida State University, London Studio Center, New World School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, University of Alabama, the University of Indiana at Bloomington, Virginia Commonwealth University, Wright State University, Alabama University, Fordham University - Ailey-Fordham Program, Hartt School - University of Hartford, Rutgers University, NYU, George Mason University, Point Park University, SUNY Purchase



​​​​​​​Notable Dance Alumni:


Shawn Black: American Ballet Theatre soloist & teacher

 

Clare Croft: Dance historian and theorist, professor and author

 

Laverne Cox: Emmy-nominated actress and advocate

 

Maria Taylor: Singer/songwriter

 

Javan Patton: Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge, former Assistant City Attorney