Meet the Local Company: Black Box Dance

September 15, 2014 § Leave a comment


Formerly Even Exchange Dance Theater, Black Box Dance is an innovative new company housed at Arts Together in Raleigh, NC. Each year as part of NCDF, the local host chooses a company or companies to perform alongside the touring artists at their specific site. This year, Meredith College invited Black Box Dance to participate in their one-night-only dance concert. According to their website:

…the Black Box represents innovation in dance making: the process of how dances are made and where they are used in the world.

Our mission is to celebrate dance through creating, teaching and performing works that interpret, influence and inspire those within our local and global communities. Dance is one of the most natural connectors to our humanity that we have and through our work and play we hope to expose that very fact.


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Joining our five touring artists, Black Box Dance will be performing Opposition Overture (“The Rock”) at our Meredith College performance on September 20. Opposition Overture is “the outline of an as yet unrealized evening length work exploring our complicated relationship with opposition.” It aims to look at this relationship through humor, large movement, intimate gesture, and text while using the myth of Sisyphus as a frame for the work.

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The work was created by Black Box Dance with collaboration from participants from the Appalachian mountains to the great dismal swamp. They hope that the piece will be both a political and personal journey for the audience, engaging difference with civil dialogue and dance.

Want to see the show? NCDF will be in Raleigh on September 20!

Dance Local.


All photos credited to Brooke Meyer

Meet the Artist: Kristen Jeppsen Groves

September 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

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“My passion for dance is a unique way to present, discuss, and solve real issues. I care deeply about dance, but I care more about influencing people. I believe art should be a courageous statement about the world we hope to live in and not a comment on what it simply is. I am an idealist of humanity, but often I find audiences are impacted by realities, both great and small. Art shapes how others look at the world and can influence them to take an active role in their environments. For me, it needs to serve a purpose that will influence the audience, student, contributor, or critic to understand themselves, the body, and motion in new ways.”

Meet one of our touring artists for this season, Kristen Jeppsen Groves in collaboration with Defero Dance Collective. Defero Dance Collective is a Raleigh-based contemporary dance company: a diverse community of dancers with strong technical and artistic backgrounds. They will present As We Were, a process-based work that highlights individual dancers as in-process beings: something they are now, built on where they came from, but may not continue to be in the future.  Exploring ideas of performance and observation, the work showcases the beauty of unique individuals moving together as they are. Read more, and watch her video interview to learn more!

Kristen Jeppsen Groves, choreographer, dancer, and educator, received an M.F.A. in choreography from the Ohio State University and a B.A. in Dance Education from Brigham Young University.  She has presented her choreographic works in Ohio, Utah, Las Vegas, New York, New Mexico, and abroad in Senegal, Mail, and Morocco, and Italy.  Groves has taught dance for fifteen years in collegiate dance programs, most recently at the Ohio State University and Brigham Young University, in K-12 programs, and private dance studios.

Want to see the show? Check our schedule to see when the NCDF will be in your neighborhood!

Dance Local.

Season Supporters

September 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

The Dance Project looks for ways to partner with local businesses, schools, and arts organizations throughout the year, and one way we seek those connections is by selling ads in our season performance programs. Our tagline is “Dance Local,” and we are committed to supporting the local arts community and creating programs that will continue to make Greensboro a vibrant, active place to live and work. We are pleased to connect with local businesses and schools that play an important role in making the Triad a thriving community, as we help our audiences not only “Dance Local,” but also “Eat Local,” and “Shop Local!” In return, the proceeds from these ad sales helps Dance Project meet the expenses of promoting our season performances.

Many thanks to our current local supporters!

(Want to see your business listed here? Contact us about corporate sponsorship and advertising in our programs!)

Our Grantors:

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Our Season Advertisers:


Of course, many individuals also make donations through the year to help us produce our performances as well! Here’s a list of our donors for this fiscal year.

Big Thanks from all of us at Dance Project!

In Rehearsal: Then and Now

August 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

Defero Dance Collective rehearsing for NCDF 14-15. Photo by Justin Paris

Defero Dance Collective rehearsing for NCDF 14-15. Photo by Justin Paris


Gaspard&Dancers rehearsing for the NCDF/ADF performance in June.

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Terranova Dance Theatre, rehearsing for NCDF tour 11-12


“Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.”
–Martha Graham

Dancers have always spent important time in rehearsals. Here are some pictures of current and past featured artists at NCDF hard at work in rehearsals. Choreographers and company members alike work tirelessly to prepare themselves for performances and this is where the behind-the-scenes magic takes place to make sure that what you’re seeing on stage is a presentation of the dancers’ best work! No matter who the different artists are each year, one thing will always stay constant: lots and lots of rehearsal. Be sure to keep checking out the blog for more updates on what’s happening behind-the-scenes this year at NCDF!

Announcing the 24th Season of the NC Dance Festival!

August 18, 2014 § 1 Comment

5 artists, 5 shows, 4 cities


Photo of Leah Wilks by Chris Walt

Photo of Leah Wilks by Chris Walt

The NC Dance Festival (NCDF) is looking forward to the 24th Season! Each season, NC-based professional choreographers are chosen in a blind adjudication process to participate in the annual NCDF statewide tour. The following artists/companies have been chosen for the 24th season of the NC Dance Festival, which begins in September 2014:

Kristen Jeppsen Groves in collaboration with Defero Dance Collective (Fayetteville & Raleigh)
Gaspard Louis/Gaspard & Dancers (Durham)
Diego Carrasco Schoch (Durham)
Sara Tourek (Greensboro)
Leah Wilks (Durham)


The companies and choreographers included on the 2014-15 NC Dance Festival touring roster will be presented at four different NC locales. Host institutions will also invite artists from their own areas to participate in the concerts locally. Following is a listing of dates and places:

Raleigh, NC

September 20, 2014 7:30pm
Jones Auditorium, Meredith College

Featuring: Diego Carrasco Dance, Gaspard&Dancers, Kristen Jeppsen Groves (in collaboration with Defero Dance Collective), Sara Ruth Tourek, VECTOR (Leah Wilks).

Local group Black Box Dance Theatre will also present work.

Boone, NC

October 24-25, 2014, 7:30pm
Valborg Theatre, Appalachian State University

Friday: Diego Carrasco Dance, Sara Ruth Tourek, VECTOR (Leah Wilks) and others

Saturday: Gaspard&Dancers, Kristen Jeppsen Groves (in collaboration with Defero Dance Collective) and others

Greensboro, NC

November 1, 2014, 7:30pm
Aycock Auditorium, UNC-Greensboro

Featuring: Diego Carrasco Dance, Gaspard&Dancers, Kristen Jeppsen Groves (in collaboration with Defero Dance Collective), Sara Ruth Tourek, VECTOR (Leah Wilks).

Local artist Amy Beasley and Audience Choice Show winner Elissa Edwards will also present work.

Charlotte, NC

January 24, 2015, 7:30pm
Robinson Hall, UNC-Charlotte

Featuring: Diego Carrasco Dance, Gaspard&Dancers, Kristen Jeppsen Groves (in collaboration with Defero Dance Collective), Sara Ruth Tourek, VECTOR (Leah Wilks) and others.

Check our website for Outreach classes and chances to speak with the artists in each site.

Come and see the NCDF in your neighborhood and support “Dance Local” artists!

North Carolina Dance Companies (Wilmington)

August 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

Wilmington is a port city in and is the county seat of New Hanover County in coastal southeastern North Carolina. Wilmington is the home of EUE Screen Gems Studios, the largest domestic television and movie production facility outside of California. Today we are focusing on three companies currently based in Wilmington, NC: Alban Elved Dance Company, Forward Motion Dance Company, and Techmoja Dance and Theater Company.

Alban Elved Dance Company (AEDC)


According to its website,  Alban Elved Dance Company (AEDC) was founded in Berlin, Germany in 1997 by artistic director and choreographer Karola Lüttringhaus to form an outlet for her diverse artistic pursuits. Ms Lüttringhaus creates dance-theatre that blends multiple art forms with a truly unique and visceral kinetic voice that seeks to extract the psychology of human existence and distills it into an arcane and dynamic elegance that embraces intellect and instinct in equal measure. Her work is fiercely physical, tracing the changeable electricity of thought and sensation that underlies human interaction and interpersonal relationships. Merging American experiences with her European roots she draws the viewer into enchanting, startling and evocative psychological landscapes.

AEDC is now based in Wilmington and pursues the creation of interdisciplinary art experiences through a continuous search for what lies beneath the surface of life to fulfill one of humanities most fundamental needs: meaningful exchange with other people.

AEDC is helping to coordinate the SARUS FESTIVAL  that will be held on August 21st-24th in Wilmington and will also be performing. Also, don’t forget to check out Karola Lüttringhaus’ class schedule on her website. She teaches a wide range of classes from African to Modern dance.

Techmoja Dance and Theater Company


Directed by Kevin Green, Techmoja Dance and Theater Company provides an outlet for creative artists of all ethnicities, whether trained or untrained, with hopes of fostering an abundance of talent. The company’s main goal is to produce quality performance for both the spectator and the performer.

Forward Motion Dance Company


Forward Motion Dance Company, Inc., is a Wilmington, NC, based non-profit 501(c)(3) dance organization whose mission is to provide local and regional communities with quality modern contemporary dance and education in the art of dance, as well as enhance the local arts community by providing performance opportunities for area dancers and performance artists.

The company was founded by dancer and choreographer Tracey Varga in 2001 and incorporated in 2004, although Tracey has been dancing and choreographing in Wilmington since relocating from Seattle in 1996. Forward Motion Dance sponsors and co-sponsors public arts performances such as “Arts Sensation”, and offers education for schools and community organizations including the Wilmington School of Ballet, DREAMS of Wilmington, The Dance Cooperative, and the YWCA Lower Cape Fear.

On September 12-13, 2014, Forward Motion Dance Company will hold their Annual Performance in Wilmington, NC. There is more information to come on their annual performance, with three performances showcasing the talents of Choreographer Tracey Varga and local dance and music artists when it gets closer to the performance. Click here to view some videos from last years performance.

Let us know if there are any other Wilmington area companies we have forgotten to mention. This concludes our blog post series of the dance companies in North Carolina!

Dance Project is accepting applications for Fall Internships!

August 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Fall 2014 Internship Opportunities

Work in beautiful downtown Greensboro with Dance Project, Inc.!!

The Dance Project is now accepting applications for internships during the Fall of 2014! Assistance is needed August 11th-December 1st (dates may be negotiable). 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:


Available positions include:

School Operations

Assist the School Director with administration of a non-profit community dance program. Activities include: assisting with marketing and communications, planning for spring 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. Approximately 8 hours/week.

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; 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.  Approximately 6-8 hours/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: Lauren Trollinger
200 N. Davie Street, #7
Greensboro, NC 27401

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