Meet the Artists: Sara Tourek and Camerin McKinnon

January 9, 2012 § 1 Comment

We are getting closer to the NCDF Community Day–don’t forget to register for the master classes!

This week, we feature the last two choreographers presenting work for the free afternoon performance.

Sara Tourek is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance at Elon University. She holds an MFA in Dance/Choreography from UNCG and a BFA in Dance Technique from Ohio University.  Before residing in North Carolina, Sara lived and worked in New York City.  She has choreographed and performed in many states including Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, West Virginia, and North Carolina.  Sara has a wide range of teaching experience including classical ballet, pointe, contemporary dance, choreography, and dance appreciation. Sara also serves as the Lead Dance Instructor at Governor’s School West and is and active member of the North Carolina Dance Alliance board.

For the Community Day performance, Sara will present a contemporary dance for four women, set to music by Craig Armstrong and the Books.

Charlotte-based Camerin Allgood McKinnon will present her solo work, “wake(v): to become roused from a tranquil or inactive state.”  “wake” tells the story of Camerin’s journey to developing awareness of white privilege through the combination of dance and spoken word. The piece aims to lead others to racial understanding with the compassion of someone who is living this journey.  Camerin graduated from UNCG with a BFA in performance and choreography in 2007, and went on to perform and teach at Dance Place and Mason/Rhynes Productions in Washington, DC. She is currently living in Charlotte, teaching dance, making jewelry, and serving coffee. In 2010, she developed The Wake Project, which addresses racial understanding and reconciliation through movement.  Check out the blog for the project: http://thewakeproject.blogspot.com/

Up next on the blog: meet the teachers of the Community Day master classes, Gary Taylor and Helen Simoneau!  Plus, find out how to submit your work to be considered for next season’s NC Dance Festival tour!

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