November 12, 2013 § 2 Comments
Submissions are now being requested for the 2014-15 NC Dance Festival and the 2014 American Dance Festival performances!
The NC Dance Festival (NCDF) and the American Dance Festival (ADF) will collaborate again this summer to co-present a performance of NC choreographers during the 2014 ADF season.
North Carolina dance artists may apply to performance as part of ADF or NCDF or both. A panel of nationally recognized choreographers will review dance works submitted for the ADF performances. Artists selected to present at ADF will be offered a spot on the NCDF statewide tour, with additional NCDF touring artists chosen by NCDF adjudicators.
The American Dance Festival performances will be held in Durham, NC on June 18, 2014 in the Reynolds Industries Theater on the Duke University campus.
The NC Dance Festival travels to five communities within the state and participating artists are expected to perform the same work at all sites. Touring artists are also asked to take part in Festival outreach programs, which involves teaching classes or performing in mini-concerts in a variety of settings in association with concert weekends. Additional pay is involved for these programs.
Submissions are due January 1, 2014 (received no later than Jan 2, since Jan 1 is a holiday).
Dances must be a maximum of 15 minutes long, and must be complete (no works-in-progress).
Choreographers selected for the ADF and/or NCDF performances are expected to obtain all necessary copyright permissions for music and text.
Choreographers enrolled in degree granting programs are not eligible to apply.
In general, artists and companies are not eligible to tour with the NCDF two years in a row. Due to this special co-presentation with ADF, however, 2013-14 Touring Artists may submit work to be considered.
Send a DVD along with a curriculum vitae and a $20 application fee to:
NC Dance Festival
306 Aberdeen Terrace
Greensboro NC 27403
Applications must be received by January 1, 2014.
Please let us know if you have presented this work in North Carolina within the last year, or plan to present it in North Carolina within the next year.
Works are selected in a blind review process. Please be sure that the recorded material does not have your name on it.
November 7, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Although we have a few months before the next performance of the NC Dance Festival tour, we are busily getting ready for our next upcoming project, Bonus Day and the Audience Choice Show, to be held January 18, 2014!
Bonus Day is an extra day of the North Carolina Dance Festival activities in Greensboro. We offer master classes, various professional development opportunities for dance artists in the area, and now, the Audience Choice Show, in which emerging choreographers can present their work for a chance to be included in the 2014 NC Dance Festival Greensboro mainstage performance in Aycock Auditorium!
Today, we are excited to announce that three emerging choreographers have been selected to present their work during the Audience Choice Show in January:
Paulina Bracone (Raleigh, NC)
Elissa Edwards (Wilmington, NC)
Kayla Mason (Raleigh, NC)
In the weeks to come, we’ll have much more information about these three choreographers and the rest of the Bonus Day activities. Stay tuned!
November 5, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Learn about non-profit activity, arts administration, and the thriving NC dance community!
The Dance Project is now accepting applications for internships for Spring 2014, running January 13-May 9. An ideal intern candidate would be reliable and prompt, with strong verbal and written communication skills, and an interest in working with a community-minded organization. As you know, Dance Project, Inc. is an organization with three activities: a school, a festival, and a dance company. Working in this atmosphere provides invaluable experience with the multiple facets of an arts career.
There are positions available in both school operations and program assistance:
School Operations: Assist the School Director with administration of a non-profit community dance program. Activities include: assisting with marketing and communications, planning for summer programming, costuming for performances, and assisting with billing and attendance reports. Must be computer-proficient (Microsoft Word and Excel), detail-oriented, demonstrate good interpersonal communication skills, and work well independently. Costuming experience preferred.
Program Assistance: Assist the Program Director with wide-ranging tasks involved in the administration of a busy non-profit arts organization. Activities include: coordination and evaluation of the NC Dance Festival tour and Bonus Day event; planning for summer outreach activities; assisting with marketing and communications, particularly online and social media presence. Intern may also assist with assembling grant applications. Must have excellent writing and editing skills, be creative, detail-oriented, and work well independently. Previous experience with social media sites highly preferred. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel required.
Interns are committing to approximately 6 hours per week. In addition to gaining experience, interns may take free dance classes at our school, and, with faculty approval, may apply for academic credit (45 hours of work = 1 credit, 90 hours = 2 credits, and 135 hours = 3 credits).
To apply, submit a letter of interest and resume to the address below. (Please indicate the position(s) you are interested in being considered for.)
Dance Project, Inc.
Attn: Emily Wilson Brenner
200 N. Davie Street, #7
Greensboro, NC 27401
or submit electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information visit our website, or call (336) 373-2727.
November 4, 2013 § Leave a Comment
The NC Dance Festival wrapped up the Fall leg of its tour this weekend, with two shows in Greensboro, at Aycock Auditorium. Thanks to all who helped make the experience a success!
Here are some pictures from the past month, from the Guilford County outreach events, to the delicious desserts at the Friday night reception!
October 29, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Ron West of Black Irish Dance Company will be teaching a FREE master class on Saturday, November 2nd in the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center. Ron is one of this season’s NCDF touring artists. You can read more about his background, check out an excerpt of his piece (XOXO- Hug Kiss Hit Miss), and learn some fun facts on the blog.
Catch bits of the contemporary hip-hop class Ron taught at Meredith College:
Class will be in studio 323 (on the third floor) in the Cultural Arts Center (200 N. Davie St.), 12:30-2:00pm. Please register in advance to hold your place! Register on our website. [UPDATED 10/30: WOW! We've had such great response to Ron West's Master Class this Saturday that pre-registration for the class is now CLOSED (10/30). Day-of registrations will be accepted for the few spots that remain or open up. Arrive 10-15 minutes before class to sign up for a remaining spot!]
Dance Project is able to offer this class for free thanks to support from Arts Greensboro–thank you!
October 28, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Greensboro performances of the NC Dance Festival are happening soon, November 1-2! Here is a chance to meet the local artists and the works that were chosen to join the Festival for two magical nights of dance. Christina Soriano will present work on Friday, and Cara Hagan is featured on Saturday night.
Christina Soriano is an associate professor of dance at Wake Forest University where she teaches classes in dance technique, improvisation, composition, dance and film history, and Movement and the Molecular, a course she co-teaches with a colleague in the Chemistry Department. Christina received her MFA in dance from Smith College and has danced for many inspiring choreographers, including Heidi Henderson and B.J. Sullivan most recently. In addition to the new works she creates for the Wake Forest Dance Company each year, Christina’s choreography has been presented throughout New England, North Carolina and more recently in New York and Vienna, Austria.
Soriano and student Cynthia Huang embarked upon a 5-week research process to create, “For Cage,” a solo work performed by Huang to several musical selections by composer John Cage: ”Perilous Night: Part 6 (1944)”, performed by Phillipp Vandré; “Winter Music: excerpt (1957)”, performed by Callithumpian Consort; “Two2: Part 35 (1989)”, performed by Laurel Karlik Sheehan and Rob Haskins.
Huang’s describes their creation process: ”We investigated the life of John Cage, focusing specifically on his musical compositions. From the myriad pieces he composed we selected three disparate pieces that represented three distinct artistic genres that Cage embraced during his life. From there we engaged in an intensive choreographic process where we delved into movement working on one piece at a time to create a solo work. We developed different themes for each of the three sections that was reflected in our movement style. Based on our research on Cage, Soriano and I were particularly interested in using choreographic methods or movement styles that deeply engaged well known “Cage-ian” ideas.”
The work premiered last year during Cagefest, an event at the Start Gallery Opening celebrating the centennial of Cage’s birth.
Cynthia Huang is a senior Business and Enterprise Management major and a dance minor. She is originally from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, but currently lives in Cary, North Carolina. She is involved in various organizations on campus such as InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, WFU Dance Company, and Wake Saturdays. Over the past three or more years, Cynthia has been able to further investigate her passion of dance while continuing to grow both academically and spiritually. She had the wonderful opportunity of participating in an ImpluStanz, an international dance festival, and performing internationally in Vienna, Austria.
Cara Hagan, multidisciplinary artist and faculty member at High Point University, also presents a solo work: “A Question of How.” This dance, first premiered at the Pittsburg New Moves Festival in 2011, uses light, movement, and text to explore the web of memory, journey, and arrival. Written observations into the nature of journeying and arrival provided the starting place for the work: “Do we ever truly arrive? If we do arrive, what’s next? How does memory serve us on the journey to arrival?”
The dance is performed in silence, an experience that Hagan says can be uncomfortable for some audience members. But, she says, “for me, dancing in the silence was a way for me to explore the concepts in a very frank, fundamental way. Rhythm is now entirely up to me and my breath, and it is fluid. The length of the piece fluctuates depending on how the particular journey of the performance of the piece manifests itself. It is different every time.”
Hagan holds a BFA from the UNC School of the Arts and an MFA from Goddard College. She created and directs the dance minor program at High Point University. Hagan is also heavily involved in community arts projects. She is founder and facilitator for The Wedding Dress Project, whose mission is to raise awareness for issues of domestic violence, gender relations, and gender stereotypes. Hagan is also founder and curator for Movies by Movers, a festival now in its fourth year, dedicated to the celebration of human movement through the magic of film and digital media.
October 23, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Karola Luttringhaus of Alban Elved will teach a contemporary dance class in Boone on Friday, Oct 25!
Class is 1-2:30 in the Varsity Gym dance studio on the App State campus. Open to the public–no pre-registration required!
Karola describes her contemporary class:
I use both set exercises as well as improvisation in order to deepen the understanding of movement principles. With proper attention to detail we dissect phrases into their individual components analyzing the demands, challenges and opportunities for efficient and structurally sound use of the body’s components, paving the way for athletic and fast work across as well as in and out of the floor. Tuning our listening and response tools we explore phrases that are organic, spiraling, undulating, multi-directional, and fluid, using inversions and work with a partner.
Read more about Karola’s contemporary dance class, on her website: http://www.albanelved.com/