NC Dance Festival Archives: 1996-2001

August 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

Want to see the whole timeline and learn more about the history of the NC Dance Festival? Check out our timeline here for an interactive experience!

NC Dance Festival Archives: 1991-1996

August 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Want to see the whole timeline and learn more about the history of the NC Dance Festival? Check out our timeline here for an interactive experience!

Introducing the North Carolina Dance Festival Archives

July 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

In celebration of our 25th Anniversary Season, we’ll be introducing a series of archival posts about the history of the NC Dance Festival. In five posts, each spanning five years, we’ll showcase some of the highlights from each year. It’ll be a great way for us to remember our past and to celebrate and look forward to our future!


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Here’s a general introduction to the Dance Project, the non-profit founded by Jan Van Dyke that allowed the North Carolina Dance Festival to be born!

  • 1974: The Dance Project was originally formed in 1974 in Washington, D.C., where it served as the managing organization for Jan Van Dyke’s school and performance space as well as her dance company
  • 1989: Dance Project moves from Washington DC to Greensboro, North Carolina

Want to see the whole timeline and learn more about the history of the NC Dance Festival? Check out our timeline here for an interactive experience!

ADF/NCDF Here & Now Artist Profile: Kristen Jeppsen Groves

June 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

On June 25, 2015 four NC artists will showcase their work at the annual Here & Now concert co-sponsored by ADF and NCDF. For the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling each artist participating in the concert so you can get to know them a little more. Keep reading to learn more about today’s artist Kristen Jeppsen Groves.

photo credit: Justin Paris

photo credit: Justin Paris

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.  Her choreographic works have been presented in Ohio, Utah, Las Vegas, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, and abroad in Senegal, Mail, Morocco, and Italy. Kristen was honored to be a North Carolina Dance Festival Touring Artist for the 2014-2015 season, and collaborate with Defero Dance Collective.  She is co-founder and co-director of Artist, Interrupted: a women’s art collective, which has organized workshops and performances in Washington D.C., Ohio, Kansas, and Utah. Working as an independent dance artist since 2011, Kristen creates choreographic works and teaching residencies for professional companies, university programs, and studios.  As a dancer, she has performed in works by Bebe Miller, Susan Hadley, Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, and PropelHer Dance Collective, Marilyn Berrett, and Pat Debenham.

Groves will present a piece called [ME]thod for “Here & Now”.

photo credit: Tom Ellis

photo credit: Tom Ellis

[ME]thod is an unusual combination of dance and policy processes that explores the politics of policy-making.  Using intricate configurations of policy processes as a framework, [ME]thod develops the complex relationships of three sets of characters: workers, representatives, and citizens.  Through humorous, exposing, and insightful moments, [ME]thod provokes audiences to consider the impact policy characters and policy language has on individuals.  Through problem solving and negotiations, [ME]thod seeks the embodied humanity behind political processes.

When asked what it means to dance here and now, this is what Kristen had to say:

Balancing many important priorities means that I have to carve time out to dance.  Dancing “Here and Now” means to find time in the margins of my day to create, to rehearse, to develop, and explore.  I don’t have the luxury of dancing when I please, so I dance when I must.  And dancing when one must develops a deep commitment to continue art regardless of the lateness of the hour, or pauses and detours of my creative process.  I still love dance enough to keep dancing “Here and Now”

Want to know more? Check out ADF’s website for tickets and more!

#herenow625 Pictures Week 3

June 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

It’s our final voting week! This week we’ve got two new pictures and our two highest voted pictures from the last 2 weeks. Which one is your favorite?

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photo credit: Milanda McGinnis

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This week’s winner will get 2 tickets to see “Here and Now: NC Dances” this Thursday so be sure to vote! Since the show is so soon, this is a short voting week. Have your vote in by 12pm tomorrow!

#herenow625 Pictures Week 2

June 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

The second week’s #herenow625 photos are in! Check them out below, and vote for your favorite this week. Voting will close on Friday. And don’t forget to submit your own photos by June 22! Submit as often as you like, and share how YOU’RE dancing Here and Now!
(Not seeing the photo you posted this week? Be sure that your profile isn’t set to private, and that you’re following us on whatever social media platform you posted on. You can always email them directly to us at festival@danceproject.org to be sure to be included!)

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Friday #COMPANY rehearsal with @ajblakely and @samsteffen for #No15. #dancelocal #herenow625

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Picture 3: (a video!!)

Which is your favorite from this week? Vote now!

ADF/NCDF Here & Now Artist Profile: Karola Lüttringhaus

June 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

On June 25, 2015 four NC artists will showcase their work at the annual Here & Now concert co-sponsored by ADF and NCDF. For the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling each artist participating in the concert so you can get to know them a little more. Keep reading to learn more about today’s artist Karola Lüttringhaus!

photo credit: Chris Waltz


Karola Lüttringhaus was born and grew up in Berlin, Germany, where she founded Alban Elved Dance Co. in ’97 to form an outlet for her diverse artistic pursuits. Most recently her work with AEDC, as well as freelance choreographer engagements, have taken her to theatres and universities across Europe and the US, including UN Las Vegas, the Prague Quadrennial festival, the Landesbuehnen Sachsen, Germany, UNCWilmington, to name a few. Ms Lüttringhaus holds a BFA in Dance from UNC School of the Arts and an MFA from the Technical University, Berlin/Germany in Set Design/Scenography.

photo credit: Lindsay Cummings

At “Here and Now” Alban Elved Dance Company will present a duet …dann von Deiner Hand. A section from Lüttringhaus’ larger work ‘Inertia – Remembering the Holocaust’ (2008), the duet is about love and its defense in the face of social and political oppression.

photo credit: Lindsay Cummings

Want to read more about Karola? Read here and here to learn all about her!

Want to know more? Check out ADF’s website for tickets and more!

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