Stars on The Riverfront
Alabama Dance Theatre (ADT) opened its season with two successful nights of “Stars on the Riverfront” at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre on July 28 and 29.
The performances featured the beautiful and dramatic classical ballet, “La Bayadere, Act I,” staged by Shawn Black and coached by Jonathan and Meghan Chapman and Wendy White Sasser. The pas d’action featured Karen Licari, Emily Efferson, Catherine Cobb and Abigail Perkinson. The pas de deux was beautifully danced by Savannah Golden and Jonathan Chapman, freelance professional dancer and guest teacher during seminar. Celeste Deale’s role of Nikiya was strong and expressive. The performances also featured up-and-coming talent of ADT in “Etudes,” under the direction of Kitty Seale and assisted by Valari Lagrone and Taylor Jordan. An audience of hundreds loved seeing the young and talented dancers exhib their expert training on stage.
Virginia Perry created a stunning new piece “Rook” with music by Rachmanioff. Emily Efferson and Jonathan Chapman performed a passionate pas de deux with ensemble Celeaste Deale, Karen Licari, Savannah Golden and Abigail Perkinson. “Rainbow,” choreographed by Jane Alford for the intermediate students, delighted the audience with impressive movements and colorful costumes. The exciting evening closed with “The Man in Black” choreographed by Sara Sanford with music by Johnny Cash. Sanford’s new addition, “Redemption Day,” featured ADT Alumni Taylor Jordan and Jonathan Chapman, who together mesmerized the audience with their duet. Aloria Adams, Clover Hardin, Celeste Herod, Shannon McGaughey, Morgan Marshall, Camilla Ohme, Lilla Kate Parkman, Micha Sims and Ryan Tucker were all incredible. The crowd was left energized, inspired and in standing ovation.
After the two-week long summer intensive seminar and two performances, dancers enjoyed a cast party under the pavilion at Splash Pad with pizza and desserts. For more information on upcoming performances and classes visit www.alabamadancetheatre.com
“Stars on the Riverfront” sponsors Alabama Power Foundation
Charles Jinright, Montgomery City Council President
The Montgomery Advertiser
The City of Montgomery
The Alabama State Council on the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts
Stivers Ford Lincoln
Wynn and Andy Stumpf
Cade and Aynsley Armstrong
Butch and Olga White