Dancers of all experience levels are welcome to join us for class with TDF and guest teaching artists in a variety of contemporary dance styles! Follow us on social media to find out who is teaching week to week.  Drop in for one or more.  There will be no Friday adult classes December 2019.  Classes will resume January 10, 2020 through April 10, 2020.

Fridays 11:30-12:30

Drop-in – $15/class

In lieu of class on January 17th (we’re cancelling our adult contemporary dance class) – we invite you to take advantage of this FREE workshop with Peter DiMuro at The Dance Foundation that is part of the Alabama Dance Foundation.


Stay for our post-class discussion on creativity and dance making.

Fridays 12:30-1:00

Drop-in – no cost


Taught by Darby Burgess for adult dancers with some tap experience.

February 4 through March 10 / 6 weeks

Tuesdays, 5:15-6:10 PM

$75 for the series / Call to register – 870.0073


Bring your medium to fill the space as we improvise together.

Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 PM

February 20 | facilitator TBA

Feel free to come and go as you wish – no cost

Deepening Your Creative Work and Life_____

The Dance Foundation is proud to host conversation, exploration, and reflection with master dance artists in a series of workshops, supported, in part, by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and in collaboration with the Alabama Dance Council.

conversation, exploration, and reflection with Margi Cole
January 25, 2020

Teaching dance in a rapidly changing world
11:00am – 12:30pm

Teachers of dance, let’s get together and have a meaningful dialogue about teaching. There is so much to be learned from being together and talking about our work. We so rarely have the luxury of doing just that. How are you managing what is happening in the world in your classes? How are you shifting the language you use and material you offer to your students? How has the pace and way with which you are engaging students in concepts and your expectations related to their progress evolved? Let’s share our ideas, successes and challenges in an informal, in person exchange led by Margi Cole.

What does Entrepreneurship mean for Artists?
1:30pm – 3:00pm

Margi Cole leads a discussion on recognizing, defining and refining entrepreneurship in the arts and the nonprofit sector. Do artists receive recognition for being entrepreneurial and why or why not? Discussion will include the development of a nonprofit and other business models from a business perspective, while managing the artistic innovation as individuals or organizations. How do you recognize opportunities, find funding and have artistic vision? How can you make it all work or at least give it a try?

FREE with online registration:
Both workshops will take place at Alabama School of Fine Arts Lecture Hall.
1800 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203
Use main school entrance; Lecture Hall is immediately to your left.

Margi Cole, founder and Artistic Director of The Dance COLEctive, received a BA in dance from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught for several educational and professional organizations nationally and internationally and performed with many well-known choreographers and companies. In 2011, Cole participated in the Deborah Hay Solo Commissioning Project. Margi has received two Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships, a 2005 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award, three Individual Artist Program Creative Project Grants from Chicago’s DCASE, an American Marshall Memorial Fellowship and, most recently, a 2018 Art Omi Dance Residency. Active in the Chicago dance community, she has served as a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Consortium Member, on grant panels, in public forums and is on the board of See Chicago Dance. Cole is on faculty at Columbia College Chicago, where she has served as a Lecturer and Associate Chair and is currently the Program Manager of the Dance Center Presenting Series.


Calling all dancers and actors! Suart Pimsler Dance and Theatre is offering an opportunity for you to perform with the company March 14 at the Alys Stephens Center. This is a creative and unique project supported by the National Endowment for the Arts that we are excited about. Attend meet and greet on January 30th at The Dance Foundation, 6:30-7:30 pm to learn more about the project and participation.

Click here for more information on the meet and greet and project