NCDF: Year in Review

April 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

A look back at the past season:

August 1, 2011: We launched this blog!  Read our first post here.

September, 2011: The 21st season of the NC Dance Festival opened in Raleigh, and continued to Charlotte, Boone, Greensboro, and finally, Wilmington.

In each of these cities, 8 NC artists selected by a blind adjudication panel presented one of their dances.  We profiled each one of them here on this blog.  Click on each picture below to go to a profile or interview with the artists!

               

           

       

In each city, we bring Festival artists into local schools and community centers to teach and perform.  In the Triad area, Cheri Stokes’ students at Penn-Griffin School of the Arts had a great time with artist Caroline Calouche learning about Contact Improvisation and partnering:

     

Robin Gee taught an African Dance class for 4th graders at Peeler Open School for the Performing Arts:

   

Three other schools, plus the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center, participated in our Festival outreach in the Triad, along with several schools and community centers statewide.

This season was supported by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro, the Cemala Foundation, and the Ecolab Foundation.  We also received donations from many individuals.  Thanks!

In January, we hosted the first ever NCDF Community Day, an extra day of Festival activity in Greensboro.  This professional development workshop offered area dancers inexpensive master classes, a chance to get their dances professionally videotaped, and an informal performance.  Look for this event again next year!

Although the performances are over for this season, we still have a lot of work to do at the Dance Project, the non-profit that coordinates the NC Dance Festival!  We’ve been writing grants to support our performance and outreach activities and making plans for next season.  We are wrapping up the selection process for the 2012-13 Festival touring artists, and hope to announce the performing roster on this blog soon!

In the coming weeks, look for a pair of posts that will take you behind the scenes at the Dance Project.  What does it take to coordinate a statewide Festival?  Find out in two weeks!

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