Each year, the Arty Party showcases one of the five fine and performing arts programs in the College of Arts and Sciences: visual arts, creative writing, dance, music, and theatre. Proceeds from the evening provide funds to establish scholarships and support academic needs in UA’s fine and performing arts programs. Since its inception in 2003, the Arty Party has raised more than $200,000 for the College’s fine and performing art departments.
Spotlight on Dance
The University of Alabama’s dance program offers a BA in dance, with coursework including ballet, modern, jazz, dance performance, and choreography.
Admission to the dance program is by audition only. Once admitted, students take a variety of dance performance courses along with dance history, choreography, and light and sound for dance.
Students in the dance program have three chances to perform on stage each semester in UA Theatre & Dance produced productions. Concerts include Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre (ARDT), Dance Alabama! and Dance Collection. ARDT is a concert of faculty and guest artist-choreographed pieces while Dance Alabama! is a concert of student-choreographed pieces. Dance Collection is combination of student and faculty-choreographed pieces, and this concert gives underclassmen another opportunity to perform onstage.
UA’s dance program also hosts one of the American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive workshops. ABT selected The University of Alabama to host the first Summer Ballet Intensive outside of New York City in 1997. In that first year, 189 of America’s most talented dancers who represented 30 states, Bermuda and Puerto Rico attended.
Dance alumni work in professional companies such as the Radio City Rockettes, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, Dayton Contemporary, Philidanco, Gus Giordano, Alabama Ballet, Complexions, Atlanta Ballet, STREB Dance Company, Jeanne Ruddy Dance, Disney Productions, national Broadway tours and cruise lines. They also attend top graduate schools and manage their own private studios. Recently, the dance program was ranked 15th in the nation among private and public universities.