A few weeks ago, the Savannah Dance Festival presented a production of Alex Ketley's multimedia work "No Hero" at the Telfair Museums' Jepson Center.

It was a busy Saturday night downtown with the final night of the Savannah Film Festival and other events happening. 

So the Neises Theater didn't sell out for "No Hero," but the evening was a rousing success. 

The space worked better for dance than I expected it would, and the audience response was enthusiastic.

Since the Savannah Dance Festival's founding a couple of years ago, the organization's mission has been to bring more attention to dance, which gets far less support in Savannah than other art forms.

The success of "No Hero" might have provided a clearer path for the SDF moving forward. 

I'm sure there are other artists out there like the San Francisco-based Ketley and his dancers who would love to bring their work to smaller Savannah venues when the logistics work out.

And there are other reasons to be optimistic about the future of serious dance in Savannah.

We have myriad dance schools that attract dedicated youngsters and teens, some of whom will continue to be involved with dance for many years.

And there's the Savannah Arts Academy.

SAA's dance department will present its fall dance concert this weekend at the school on Washington Avenue. "Fortitudes" will include choreography by faculty, senior dance majors, other students and guest artists Lonnie Davis and Darrell Davis.

All the dances will build somehow on the theme of fortitude, and three of the pieces will have live musical accompaniment. Expect a wide variety of styles.

Sure, it's student work, but anyone who has been to an SAA production knows the high bar the school sets for public performances like concerts, plays and the annual Junk 2 Funk Fashion Show.

Every year, the school sends more graduates out into the world with special interests and talents in a variety of art forms, including dance.

Some of the talented young performers in "Fortitudes" might end up dancing professionally in New York and other cities where dance is supported. And those dancers will obviously be in the pool of talent that can return to Savannah for performances, master classes and the like.

We aren't going to turn into a dance hub overnight, but the slow momentum will continue to build.

"Fortitudes" will be performed four times. There are shows at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23, and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 23 and 24. Advance tickets are available at www.seatyourself.biz. 

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Bill Dawers writes City Talk in the Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com). He can be reached via billdawers@comcast.net.