About the Conservatory

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Pre-registering does not place a student within a class.  Please email info@ddcgadsden.com for any assistance with placement   . All profiles must be updated prior to registration.

New student registration begins May 4th, 2018.

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The Downtown Dance Conservatory, planted in the heart of historic downtown Gadsden, Alabama, offers quality classical and contemporary dance education for the primary to pre-professional level dancer.

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Located in the historical Kyle Building of the Hardin Center, the facility houses three well-equipped studios with an eclectic atmosphere for dancers to learn and develop their skills. With an enrollment of more than 500 dedicated students training on a weekly basis, the Conservatory’s influence also spans throughout the surrounding community with programs such as Downtown Dance Artists’ Ensemble, “Dancing with a Heart of Giving” annual charity effort, dance history projects, and other various outreach programs and exhibitions. Artistic Director, Linze McRae, holds the  Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies of the Royal Academy of Dance, graduating in London, England.  The Downtown Dance Conservatory is in association with the internationally recognized Royal Academy of Dance, The Alabama Dance Council, and is a full member of the National Guild of Community Schools for the Arts through the Gadsden Community School for the Arts.  


The Conservatory is dedicated to preserving the art of dance through technique, expression, and innovation, taking pride in its non-competitive atmosphere to increase the sense of dance as a cooperative and connected form of art.

The Downtown Dance Conservatory’s programs are divided into three schools of dance,  a performance company, and an ongoing workshop series:


Pre-ballet curriculum for 3 & 4 year olds incorporating weekly themes to introduce dance and spark creativity.



GRADES 1-6  – 6 Grade levels according to the syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance. Classes are offered in classical ballet, contemporary, and free movement.

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Levels I, II, III, and IV are courses designed especially for the more serious dancer.  Minimum age and experience levels are assessed with a minimum of required days per week of training required.

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The official performance company of the Downtown Dance Conservatory



Each year, the DDC hosts a variety of master classes, workshops, and camps in various genres of dance.


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Linze Rickles McRae, A.R.A.D, Artistic Director 


Cammie McFarling, IMAGIDANCE Instructor


Laura Cornwell, Instructor – Upper & Lower School


Krystin Baird, Instructor – Upper & Lower School