The ASFA Dance Department is grounded in classical ballet and classical modern dance. The department employs the Revolutionary Principles of Movement’s curriculum which 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 student-created and choreographed performance during the senior year.
Faculty includes Department Chair Wes Chapman, a former principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre and Artistic Director of ABT II; Teri Weksler, one of the founding members of Mark Morris and a former member of Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project; and 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. Each year, renowned guest teachers and choreographers are brought in for master classes and workshops. The repertoire includes works by Robert Battle of Alvin Ailey, Mark Morris, and up and coming choreographers. The faculty believes the stage is the best teacher, thus dancers have many performance opportunities. ASFA Dance students often join companies or attend prestigious colleges and conservatories.
Universities/Academies Accepted Into:
Auburn University, Birmingham Southern College, Boston Conservatory, Butler University, Ohio State University, Tulane University, 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, 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