Mission Statement

Founded in 1963, the mission of Southern DanceWorks (SDW) is to advance dance as a major art form, contributing to and enriching the life, culture, and community of Alabama.

Southern DanceWorks:

  • Brings new audiences to modern dance through the unity of dance and live music
  • Commissions new work by guest choreographers
  • Collaborates with a variety of community artists and arts organizations
  • Develops partnerships for educational outreach programs
  • Nurtures young choreographers

Artistic Statement

“With thirty years as a contemporary dance artist with a global approach to movement, my goal is that my creations will use dance as a social text to compel others to reshape a world that is inclusive and equitable. My choreography highlights versatility, strength, and artistry while creating a world that reflects everyday life and addresses aspects of imagination and memory.” —Germaul Barnes