UA Leaps into 2017 with Ala. Repertory Dance Theatre

Lauren Tucker in “Point of Contact,” a part of the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre fall 2016 performance.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama’s theatre and dance department invites the UA and Tuscaloosa communities to its spring performance of the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre.

The production premieres at UA’s Morgan Auditorium on Colonial Drive at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21.   Additional showings are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-23, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and 2 p.m. Feb. 25.

The production marks the return of Sarah Barry, choreographer and associate professor of dance. Barry took a sabbatical last semester but has come back ready to “grand jete” into the studio.

“I wanted a piece that embraced movement for the dancers and for them to not overanalyze everything,” Barry said. “It feels like a time in our society to take action, to make a change and to embrace positivity.”

Her improvisatory process allows the dancers’ personalities to shine by exploring individual movement choices along with connections to others.

Colin Daffin and Nicole DiGiovanni perform “Snow Pas de Deux” & “Waltz of the Snow” from “The Nutcracker,” and Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre fall 2016 performance.

The concert will also feature excerpts from the classical ballet “Swan Lake” and pay tribute to the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art by Dance Director Cornelius Carter.

Tickets are $14 for UA students, $17 for UA employees and seniors and $20 for adults. Tickets can be bought in the lobby at Rowand-Johnson Hall, by calling 205/348-3400 or by going to


Dominic Yeager, director of arts management,, 205/348-3844


Jamon Smith, media relations,, 205/348-4956

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