Instructor Ray Al encourages all levels of dance enthusiasts to revel in their own fancy footwork with variety of dance classes, including waltz, tango, polka, salsa, and the hustle. After choosing a dance style, couple up with Ray for a 40-minute private class to gauge your experience level, and then cut a captivating rug while learning proper technique in a class attuned to your liking and level, compromised of a series of four, one-hour group-dance sessions held one time a week.
Magic City Ballroom Dance Studio's experienced instructional feet ignite the dance floor with a variety of lessons that demystify the art of rhythmic motion for dancers of all skill levels. Dance styles such as the tango, mambo, and samba infuse hips with infectious Latin rhythms while the Viennese Waltz, the fox trot, and the lindy step add pizzazz to wedding dances or an expressive trip down the produce aisle. Not content to only host energetic classes, the studio also supports one-day dance competitions, inviting dancers to show off their hard work for a chance at prizes and statues of bronzed jazz hands.
As part of the Alabama Symphony's Sounds for Summer series, both shows bring contemporary musical entertainment to the ornately gilded, classy venue. The Act of Congress and Three on a String show tickles tiny earhammers with modern bluegrass and genre-spanning hits. Or hear Country's Hit Makers: Behind the Hits, which packs a 15-song set with recent country billboard toppers such as "Cowboy Casanova" and "American Honey." Both shows are conducted by Christopher Confessore, the ASO's principal pops conductor.
Birmingham Children's Theatre aims to mint pint-sized playwrights, actors, and audience members. It has pursued this goal since its inception in 1947, impacting more than 170,000 children and their 170,000 imaginary friends annually. The theater's kid-friendly programming not only introduces kids to the theater, but also initiates them into the production process. Since 1982, its New Voices Project has yielded upward of 50 original scripts, stories, musicals, and adaptations for young audiences, all while celebrating artistic experimentation and supporting promising new playwrights.
William Shakespeare's As You Like It follows a merry band of outcasts into the delightfully earthy Forest of Arden, where love is found, lost, and almost claimed by the jaws of a hungry lioness. One of the bard's most respected heroines, Rosalind, assumes the identity of a peculiarly pretty boy to teach her one true love, Orlando, how to woo. Whether attending the show to dance a jig with the fool Touchstone or siphon melancholy from this tale of banishment "as a weasel sucks eggs,” As You Like It sets up laughs and wistful sighs like so many love notes written to celebrities.
Based on the hit Disney movie, High School Musical delights audiences with catchy tunes and snappy dance numbers. The musical chronicles the travails of Troy and Gabriella, two star-crossed high-school sweethearts from different cliques, as they try to overcome their school's intergroup feuds, win parts in the upcoming musical, and investigate how everyone learned specific songs and choreography for every situation.