University of Alabama

Monday, May 10th
Lawrence Jackson, Associate Chair
Saturday, May 15th
Lawrence Jackson, Associate Chair
University of Alabama
Department of Theatre and Dance
Degrees offered: BA and MFA in Dance

The Dance program’s greatest strength is the diversity of classes offered: in addition to virtuosic training in ballet, contemporary dance, and jazz, students are offered a wide range of professional skills including choreography, dance for the camera, pedagogy, lighting and sound design, and anatomy. With this breadth of knowledge students are well placed to achieve a sustainable future in dance, contributing as skilled artists and global citizens. BA candidates are encouraged to stretch themselves still further by studying outside the department in one of UA’s other exceptional major and minor programs. Numerous performance and creative opportunities are available through faculty, guest artist, and student works presented in a minimum of 5 concerts annually.

University of Alabama dance department performance photo

Photo courtesy of Porfirio Solorzano

Lawrence Jackson
Lawrence M. Jackson is the Associate Chair of Dance, Associate Professor, Artistic Director of the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre and Director of Graduate Studies in Dance at the University of Alabama. Within the Dance program, Jackson teaches both undergraduate and graduate Jazz, Contemporary, Dance History and Choreography. In addition to his duties within the Department of Theatre and Dance, Jackson also serves as Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee and President of the Alabama Dance Council Executive Board.

Professionally, he devoted several years with the internationally acclaimed modern dance company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. Additionally, he has performed as a guest artist in a variety of concert dance venues. Choreographically, Jackson has produced over 85 original choreographic works. Most recently, Lawrence choreographed an off-Broadway production, Separate and Equal, which was subsequently nominated for an AUDELCO Award for Best Choreography.

As a scholar, Jackson has published in many scholarly journals in the field of Black Dance. Most notably, he co-edited and published a special edition devoted to Black Dance in the Journal of Pan African Studies, the second occurrence in history, where an academic journal edition was committed solely to Black Dance.

Class descriptions:
Jazz – Based on the Luigi Jazz technique, this class will increase your flexibility, strength, endurance, and will focus on execution of basic – advanced jazz combinations and sequences. Appropriate for all ages and dancers who have had intermediate to advanced training in jazz dance.

Modern – Based on the Horton technique, this class will emphasize a whole body, anatomical approach designed to correct physical faults while enhancing the dancer’s widest range of motion. Combined with varying contemporary styles that engage full movements done to musical phrasing at varying lengths and dynamics.