Get to Know your Local Artists: Boone Area

October 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

The NC Dance Festival opens in Boone this weekend, at Appalachian State University’s Valborg Theater.  The Festival runs for 3 nights: Thursday October 27, Friday October 28, and Saturday October 29.  Find the details here.

In addition to the touring Festival performers, these shows will feature the work of ASU dance faculty members and one advanced student.

The featured faculty includes Susan Lutz, who helps to coordinate the NCDF performance in Boone.  Susan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State.  She received her undergraduate degree from UNC – Chapel Hill and her M.F.A. in dance from UNC-Greensboro. Susan danced professionally in Atlanta with the Carl Ratcliff Dance Theater and Company Kaye Dance/Mime. She also performed as guest artist with various dance and theater companies. Susan has choreographed for the Appalachian Dance Ensemble, the North Carolina Dance Festival, many ASU theater productions, the Blowing Rock Stage Company, and the Outdoor Drama, “Horn in the West”.

Also presenting work is Sherone Price, who received his BFA from University of North Carolina-Greensboro, an MFA from Hollins University/American Dance Festival, and additional dance training at North Carolina Central University, Duke University, and the American Dance Festival.  He has been on the ADF faculty since 1995.  He was a member of John Gamble/Jan Van Dyke Dance Company, 1991–1995; was a dancer and choreographer with Greensboro-based Otesha Performing Arts Ensemble, 1989–2000, and Kombankofu Dance and Drum Ensemble 1996–2001; member and choreographer with the Delou Africa Dance Ensemble in Miami, FL; and has been a principal dancer with Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble since 1983.  Sherone received the 1999 Regional Artist Grant to study West African Dance and Drumming in Guinea, West Africa.

Emily Daughtridge is Associate Professor of Dance Studies at Appalachian State University where she teaches Modern technique, Choreography, Yoga, Collaborative Process, among other courses and choreographs for the Appalachian Dance Ensemble. Emily danced professionally with both the Jan Van Dyke Dance Group and the John Gamble Dance Theater.  She has continued to perform and collaborate with a variety of dance artists including XFactor Dance Company and G Alex and the Movement. Emily earned her M.F.A. in Dance Performance from The Ohio State University and her B.F.A. in Choreography and Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While attending OSU she held a position with the Wexner Center for the Arts, working with arts education and outreach programming.  From 2002-04 she served on the faculty of the Silesian Dance Theatre’s international dance festival in Poland. In 2004 she presented at Congress on Research in Dance conference in Taiwan.  In 2008 Emily received the Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of Fine and Applied Arts.

Finally, one of ASU’s advanced dance students, Hope Wolfe, will present work.  She has performed in three spring dance ensemble concerts, two fall dance ensemble concerts, “Amahl and the Night Visitors”, Momentum showcase 2009, and various senior capstone projects. She has premiered work in the spring 2010 dance ensemble concert. Hope has received two dance awards from the department towards her studies. Hope aspires to dance in a professional company after graduating in May 2012. She is from Lenoir, NC.

Up next on the blog: a special trip behind the scenes with Terranova Dance Theatre, and profiles of the local artists performing in Greensboro, November 4 and 5.  Stay tuned!

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