March 5, 2014 § Leave a comment
Summer Internship Opportunities
The Dance Project is now accepting applications for internships during the Summer of 2014! Assistance is needed between May 12-August 8. These internships will provide opportunities to work for a non-profit organization and gain insight into the life of arts administration. 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. 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. For more information: http://www.danceproject.org.
Positions available in the following areas:
Assist in the implementation and documentation of Dance Project’s summer outreach program at a Greensboro Recreation Center. During the month of July, summer campers participate in West African dancing and drumming classes for 2 hours each day. The last week of the program, the students perform in a series of community concerts around Greensboro. Intern will assist with the planning of the program, including performances, will attend the daily classes, and will document the program through photos and videos. Intern must: have reliable transportation, have experience and/or interest in working with youth ages 5-13, have experience with basic photo/video equipment, and be responsible, friendly, professional and reliable. Time frame: Approximately 8-10 hours/week from from mid June-Aug 8.
Marketing and Program Assistance
Assist the program director with preparations for the 2014-15 annual NC Dance Festival tour and June ADF/NCDF performance. Communicate with participating artists, maintain blog, draft press releases, update event calendars, solicit program ads, and other projects as assigned. Must have excellent writing and editing skills, be creative, detail-oriented, and work well independently. Previous experience with graphic design software, and social media highly preferred. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel required. Intern must have access to own laptop. Time frame: Approximately 6-8 hours/week from May 12-August 8.
Social Media Assistance
Assist Dance Project administrators with implementing social media strategy and maintaining an active online presence across Dance Project’s social media platforms. Must be detail-oriented, creative, computer-savvy, and able to work well independently. Previous experience with all or most of these social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+) required. Intern must have access to own laptop/computer. Time frame: Approximately 4-6 hours/week from May 12-August 8 (Intern may be able to work some of these hours remotely.)
Assist the school director with summer camp management and school administration. Learn the behind-the-scenes work of running a community dance program. Skills: Computer-proficient (Microsoft Word and Excel), detail-oriented, independent, good interpersonal communication. Video editing and Photoshop experience preferred. Timeframe: 8-10 hours/week with specific hours based on camp schedules.
In addition to gaining experience, interns may take free summer dance classes at our School, and, with faculty approval, may apply for academic credit.
To apply, submit a letter of interest and resume with references to the address below. Please indicate the position(s) you are interested in being considered for.Dance Project, Inc. Attn: Anne Morris 200 N. Davie Street, #7 Greensboro, NC 27401 email@example.com 336-373-2727
March 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
The NC Dance Festival, produced by the Dance Project, celebrates North Carolina dance and dancers. Each year, we present the work of some of the best modern dance choreographers in the state, take professional artists into local schools and community centers to teach and perform, and educate and inspire local audiences.
We do this because we believe there’s a lot to be excited about in the NC dance scene!
We thought it would be fun to take a peek into a few of the most active dance spots in NC to find out how and where dance is happening. We’ve asked a number of choreographers, teachers, and performers in the Triangle, Charlotte, the Triad, Wilmington, and Western NC to weigh in, to tell us what they’re most excited about in their communities. We’ll be taking a virtual dance tour around the state over the next few weeks–we hope you’ll join us!
We’re also launching a #dancelocal photo contest. Upload your favorite pictures of dance in your community to Instagram or Facebook between March 10-April 10 using the hashtag “dancelocal” for a chance to be featured all over the NC Dance Festival social media! This includes pictures of you, your favorite artist or anyone dancing locally. Be sure to mention what area of NC is local for you! *When using Fb make sure to tag The NC Dance Festival in your posts!
We can’t wait to see your #dancelocal images!
Join us next week for a look at the busy Triangle dance community!
February 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
What a year it has been for the NC Dance Festival! In its 23rd season the Festival brought many NC dance artists and their captivating works to audiences across the state and we got a chance to know these inspired (and often times quirky) touring artists. Let’s take a look at some of this season’s biggest hits.
In September, the festival tour opened in Raleigh then continued to Boone, Greensboro, and Charlotte before finishing in Wilmington in February. During the season, we profiled the 8 touring artists–click on the link below to discover some fun facts you didn’t know about these creative folks!
In January 2014 the NC Dance Festival hosted its 2nd annual Bonus Day event which allowed the community to get involved in an extra day of dance AND chose a local emerging artist to be featured in the Greensboro mainstage performance! After some fun master classes, the winner of the audience choice show was Elissa Edwards with her piece “Drifting from our nature”.
A BIG event for us this year was the teaming up of the American Dance Festival and the North Carolina Dance Festival in June. Four different pieces were selected that ranged in style, age and voice but were all choreographically strong. The celebration highlighted the wide variety of dance that is happening in North Carolina. Here are the artists featured in the performance: Cara Hagan, Natalie Marrone, John Gamble, and Lindsey Kelly and Mindy Upin.
As always, outreach is an important part of the Festival with local and touring artists going to teach and perform in communities and schools, spreading the gift of dance to everyone. This year we hosted 12 masterclasses and 2 mini-concerts in schools and community studios around NC!
Our panel is currently in the process of selecting the roster of artists for the 2014-15 season, which we hope to announce in the next few weeks.
Thanks for all who participated in making this a fantastic year for the NC Dance Festival! Be sure to look out for upcoming events and connect with us!
Don’t forget to #dancelocal
February 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
Meet four more of the local Wilmington artists that will share the stage with the NCDF touring artists in just a few days!
Stephanie Chavez and Sam Williams
Samantha Williams received her BA in Dance from UNC Greensboro in 2010. She has also studied dance at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, Greenwich Dance Agency and The Place in London and Ariel silks with Strength and Elegance in Wilmington and Flying Fantastic in London. In Wilmington, she teaches for the Dance Cooperative and dances regularly for Kate Muhlstein and other Co-op members. Most recently, Sam has taken on the role of School Director at the Dance Cooperative and is extremely excited for this new phase in her professional career!
Linda has an eclectic background which includes 20 years of performing in NYC with modern companies, being a Dance Cooperative core member and an MS analytical chemist. She has been in Wilmington for 8 years and uses her background in math and sciences to create unique choreography and opportunities to present her work. She uses her love of manipulating timing and patterns to bring her vision to the stage.
“6/8 War” is a piece exploring the heartbeat of a city that bares the resiliency of its pulse after being structurally and emotionally compromised.
Kate is a Texas native who moved to Wilmington in 2007 to dance with the Rednerrus Fiel Dance Company. Soon after she began working with Dance Cooperative and Forward Motion Dance as well as developing her own company which she hopes to premier this year. When not dancing and choreographing you can find Kate knitting, sculpting, painting or creating in some way.
Kate’s piece “Pachyderm” is a duet performed by Stephanie Chavez and Daniel Smith. It is a study of various types of abuse in relationships, heavy in movement and subject matter.
Brittany has been dancing since age 5; this love of dance has led her to dance with a company in Florida and to study in New York. She is a woman of many talents, holding a degree in literature and a masters in social work. Brittany has enjoyed re-entering the dance scene since she moved to Wilmington in 2011.
“Hidden Mirrors” is a piece set for 6 females and like most of her work, is psychological in nature. It showcases the instability of self image and affect often experienced by those suffering with Borderline Personality Disorder. The dancers represent six parts of one person and the movement invites the audience to experience the chaotic inner life of that person.
Ready to see the show? Tickets are now available for this weekend of dance featuring choreographers and dancers from across our beautiful state. Shows are Friday, February 7 at 8pm, Saturday, February 8 at 8pm, and Sunday, February 9 at 3pm. Tickets are $15 for a single show or $35 for a weekend pass (discounts for students and active duty military with ID). All shows at the Community Arts Center. Tickets are available at The Community Arts Center at 910-341-7860 or contact the Dance Coop at 910-763-4995.
February 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
The NC Dance Festival performance in Wilmington is right around the corner! Meet some of the local Wilmington artists that will take the stage with the NCDF touring artists: Kevin Lee-y Green, Alyona Amato, and Mirla Christe.
Kevin Lee-y Green
Kevin Lee-y Green is the founder of Techmoja company, a blend of technique, modern and jazz. Techmoja stages some of Kevin’s original works while often teaming up with his theatre company of the same name to perform musicals. The company strives to inspire and expose their community to the ever-changing art form and prove that it is possible to achieve your dreams no matter what the circumstances.
Kevin will present “IVEY”, a journey through the colorful world of artist Ivey Hayes. The creation of the piece came about when Kevin was given special permission by the late Ivey Hayes to bring to life several of his most famous works. It is his hope that this piece will introduce those unfamiliar with the work and create new fans
A Russian native, Alyona decided to move to Wilmington in 2011 when she won a grant to study contemporary dance at the American Dance Festival. She soon joined the Dance Cooperative as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Alyona enjoys every day of dancing and believes that everyone can dance!
Alyona’s piece is called “Schway-way” and revolves around the idea that everyone has quirky, weird or odd habits. Everyone does certain things when other people are not looking, so why not let yourself be weird and enjoy everyone’s little weirdness!
Mirla has had a lifetime of training in theatre and dance all over the country. Before moving to Wilmington with her husband, Mirla studied dance in New York City, earned an M.F.A in drama in California, and was the graduate movement specialist at the University of Georgia. She is now an adjunct theatre professor at UNCW and contact improvisation junkie, as that constitutes her primary topic of research.
“What’s in a name?” is choreographed and danced by Mirla, and developed out of a movement study from graduate school. The solo references Mirla’s theatrical background.
Tracey Varga has been active in the Wilmington dance scene for a long time, and frequently presents work for the NCDF performance. She is the director of Forward Motion Dance Company. Her performance, teaching and choreographic experience includes works with and for a variety of dance companies in Maryland, Washington, Idaho, Illinois and New York. Locally she has presented works at Dance-a-Lorus, NCDF, Thalian Hall, City Stage, The Community Arts Center and the Cameron Art Museum.
Catch these choreographers and the NCDF Touring Artists February 7-9 at the Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington. Tickets are now available for this amazing weekend of dance featuring choreographers and dancers from across our beautiful state. Shows are Friday, February 7 at 8pm, Saturday, February 8 at 8pm, and Sunday, February 9 at 3pm. Tickets are $15 for a single show or $35 for a weekend pass (discounts for students and active duty military with ID). Tickets are available at The Community Arts Center at 910-341-7860 or contact the Dance Coop at 910-763-4995.
January 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
The NC Dance Festival performance in Charlotte is just a few days away! Meet three more of the local Charlotte groups and artists that will share the stage with the NCDF Touring Artists: E.E. Balcos/Deep Water Collaborations, Caroline Calouche, and Oneaka Mack.
Deep Water Collaborations
The solo “Três para três“ is the collaborative work of Deep Water Collaborations, a group of artists including composer John Allemeier and choreographer/performer E.E. Balcos. It will be performed as a solo that is primarily a structured improvisation in 2 sections. The recorded music is performed with voice, alto sax and cello. This work is part of the creative process in response to the work of Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira. Musicians include: Brian Arreola, Will Campbell, and Mira Frisch.
Deep Water Collaborations weaves together modern dance and contemporary music to create meaningful and expressive tapestries reflecting artistic perspectives and modern culture. Breaking down barriers between modern and traditional, esoteric and popular, Deep Water Collaborations captivates audiences with stunning visual imagery and intense, arresting music. The purpose of this ensemble is to cross the threshold between the stage and audience in ways that are more meaningful and expressive for both the artist and the community. In May 2013, Deep Water Collaborations produced Deep Water: The Murder Ballads at the Knight Theatre in Charlotte, an evening of music and dance based on North Carolina folk traditions.
Caroline Calouche is founder and director of Caroline Calouche & Co. (CC&Co), Charlotte’s only non-profit aerial and contemporary dance company and studio. For the Saturday, January 25th NCDF performance, Caroline will present “Le Moment du Partir“, a solo set to J.S. Bach that was originally created and performed in Salzburg, Austria in 2005.
CC&Co. has become a resident company of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and regularly performs throughout the southeast. It aims to build cross-cultural dialogues with dance as a means to unite and educate the global community.
Catch all these choreographers plus the touring artists of the NC Dance Festival on January 24-25 at UNC Charlotte! More info here.
January 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
Elissa Edwards! Congratulations to Elissa and her dancers–Elissa’s dance, drifting from our nature, was chosen as the Audience Favorite during the NCDF Audience Choice Show on Saturday!
Elissa’s dance will go on to be performed at the NCDF Greensboro performance in November 2014.
A big thank you to all of the choreographers–Kayla Mason, Paulina Bracone, and Elissa Edwards–for presenting your work, to the NCDF Bonus Day teachers Jen Guy Metcalf and Karola Luttringhaus, to the dancers and audience members who participated, and to those who volunteered to make the day run smoothly!