With classes for every age group plus educational events for the whole family to enjoy, ArtPlay aims to connect our community with the arts like never before. Check out our classes, workshops and performances, and start creating today!

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ArtPlay, the education and outreach initiative of UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, endeavors to educate, inspire, and nurture creative growth and self-expression in people of all ages by providing innovative arts education programming in a collaborative and holistic environment.


Contemporary Dance with Amanda Miller-Fasshauer!


BEGINNING THIS Saturday, March 8, 2014 – OPEN HOUSE, This class is free!

These workshops will be held the second Saturday of each month through June.

  • March 8 – Free Open House
  • April 12
  • May 10
  • June 14

Register online today at https://dcsapps.ad.uab.edu/artplayasc/ or call (205) 975-4769. Drop-ins are welcome!

No workshop will be held in July, but the series will resume EVERY Saturday in August!

Contemporary Movement – Ages 16 and up

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost – $20, for each class after the FREE March 8th workshop – Drop-ins welcome.

In this workshop, participants will learn to develop new forms of expression through movement.  Using technique derived from Rudolf von Laban, students will open and expand their own movement vocabulary.  Perfect for dancers and non-dancers, this class is also a wonderful way to lose yourself in the world of movement.

Amanda Miller-Faashauer

Amanda Miller was born and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She commenced her professional training at the North Carolina School of the Arts/UNCSA, having received the first Terry Sanford Scholarship. She continued her studies in New York while she danced for the Chicago Lyrical Opera Ballet, the Deutschen Oper Berlin and other independent events. In 1984 William Forsythe invited her to Ballett Frankfurt as a dancer and soon thereafter she became resident choreographer .

In 1992 Amanda Miller founded Pretty Ugly Dance Company. An inter-disciplinary performing ensemble. From 1997 until 2004 creating a unique collaboration with the civic theatre in Freiburg (Baden-Württemberg)  Ballett Freiburg Pretty Ugly was founded. Alongside her work with her own company, Amanda Miller created ballets for renowned ensembles and founded in 2000 the improvisational dance group, ” Yummydance” in Matsuyama, Japan. Increasingly she has addressed herself to training others in her work method/process and is active worldwide as a teacher. In 2004 till 2008, she launched the aid organisation “Art for Tibet”, which supported Tibetans in exile in India.

Amanda Miller has won numerous awards. In 1993, she was awarded the Wexner Center Prize and created the production “Night by Itself”. In 1994, the production received three prizes at the ‘Rencontres Chorégraphiques International de Bagnolet’. In 2004 for her work ‘Four for Nothing’ she received the leading Dutch accolade for choreography ‘The Golden Swan’.

From January 2005 until May 2009 Amanda Miller was artistic director of “Pretty Ugly tanz köln”, again a collaboration with the theater and city of Koln. In May 2009 she directed her first Opera “Orpheo ed Euridice” at the civic theatre in Ulm.

In summer of 2009, she returned to her home North Carolina. She has been on the faculty for ADF, artist in residence at Duke, Palucca Hochshule, Germany and taught master classes at UNC. She continues to work as a free-lance choreographer, opera director, instructor, performer, and offers improvisational workshops. Her most recent work was “Field Days” premiered 2011 with Netherlands Dans Theater.

In 2012 she married Mark Fasshauer and now lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She continues to choreograph contemporary ballets in Germany and Europe. The film “Places of Otherness” by Michael Maurrisens, revealing her choreographic process with the Ballet am Rhein, Dusseldorf, Germany. It was released in October 2013. The work “The Liberated Accident” was premiered with the Core Performance Company in Atlanta and Houston. For the Alabama Dance Festival 2014, she was a guest faculty member, and “The Homeless Garden” was premiered with Core at The New Works Concert 2014. She performed the solo “Water” at the Children’s Dance Foundation (CDF), and has given previous workshops at both CDF and ArtPlay.

UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center proudly unveils ArtPlay, a new arts education and outreach initiative for our community.

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