Bonus Day is almost here!

January 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

NCDF Bonus Day is approaching!

In addition to the NCDF Audience Choice Show in the afternoon, we’ll be offering master classes in the morning with NCDF Touring Artists Gary Taylor and E.E. Balcos.  Read a little about these experienced and inspiring teachers:

Master classes:

Studio 323

10:30-12:00 Int-Adv Ballet with Gary Taylor

12:45-2:15 Int-Adv Modern Dance with E.E. Balcos

$10 for one class or $18 for both if you register and pay by January 18, or $12/$22 at the door.

Register at our website, and mail in payment or bring it to the Dance Project office (Cultural Arts Center, City Arts office 101b) by Jan. 18 to get the reduced rate!

More about the teachers:

Gary Taylor and E.E. Balcos are both touring artists with the NC Dance Festival this year, and both are experienced and knowledgeable teachers.

Gary Taylor

Gary Taylor

Gary Taylor says: “I help dancers to reevaluate the way they take class and discover the obvious, but over-looked, logic of movement through ballet as it relates to everyday concepts, while challenging their minds, becoming more insightful, better movers and ultimately happier dancers.”

Gary Taylor, founder and artistic director of the Winston Salem Festival Ballet, is a graduate of the UNC School of the Arts.   Before retiring as a performer in 1997,  he danced throughout the Southeast and he continues to teach widely.   In 1999 he was awarded the Regional Dance America (RDA) Choreographic Award, and in the same year, UNCSA honored him as the outstanding North Carolina Teacher in the Performing Arts.  At S.E.R.B.A. 2004, he was awarded the prestigious Regional Dance America Choreographic Commission Award.  In 2010, Gary was the Director of the RDA National Choreography Intensive held at UNCSA, and was the adjudicator for RDA Northeast and Mid States 2011 Festival in Pittsburg, PA.  He has choreographed original works for a number of ballet companies, including the Gainsesville Ballet, Southern Ballet Theatre, and High Point Ballet.  He is currently on faculty with the Festival Dance Center, the home of the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet.

EEBalcos-1E.E. Balcos, Associate Professor of Dance at UNC Charlotte, began studying with modern dance pioneer Hanya Holm at the age of 19.  Balcos teaches Modern technique, Choreography, Improvisation, and Contact Improvisation.  As a performer he toured nationally and internationally with Shapiro & Smith Dance, Demetrius Klein Dance Company, Zenon Dance Company, and worked with renowned choreographers.  He was Artist-in-Residence with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in Washington, DC and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2009.  His dance group, E.E. MOTION, has been featured with the North Carolina Dance Festival, Charlotte Dance Festival, ADF’s Acts to Follow Series, Piccolo Spoleto’s Dance at Noon Series in Charleston, SC, and the Minnesota Fringe Festival in Minneapolis.

E.E.’s Modern technique class is primarily based in Fall and Recovery concepts with elements of release and subtle energy principles.  Dancers will become grounded with solid bases of support through proper placement and alignment focused on throughout the class.  Highly athletic and musically attuned, dancers will move through combinations that take them through the space and into the floor.  Dancers will project their energies beyond their bodies through conscious presence of their bodies and surroundings.

Register for these classes in advance to reserve a spot by clicking here.

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