NCDF: Year-in-Review

March 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

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In its 22nd season, the NC Dance Festival continued to provide audiences with engaging works from local choreographers and connect with future performers and arts-supporters through community classes. Our panel is currently in the process of selecting the roster of artists for the 2013-14 season, which we hope to announce in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, let’s look back at some of the highlights from this past season.

In September, the festival tour opened in Raleigh then continued to Boone, Greensboro, and Wilmington before finishing in Charlotte at the end of January. We profiled the 8 Touring choreographers on this blog throughout the season. Click on the pictures below to read more about them:

Gary Taylor by Gary Taylor 2   Lauren Kearns by Chris Walt   E.E. Balcos  by Justin Tornow

John Gamble by Chris Walt   Code_fad by Amelia Bailey   Gaspard Louis by Robin Gallant-7454

Carol Finley by Chris Walt  Jan Van Dyke by Chris Walt

We also sent Festival artists into local schools and community centers to teach and perform.  We had a great time with these local students!

IMG_1032 Carol Finley taught these 4th and 5th graders at Peeler Open Elementary School some strategies for improvisation.

IMG_1120 Students at Eastern Guilford High School experienced Jason Aryeh’s blend of African and contemporary dance.

IMG_5404 Former Pilobolus dancer Gaspard Louis taught an open community class in Partnering and Weight Sharing techniques at the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center.

Students at Penn-Griffin School of the Arts, Weaver Academy, Northern Guilford High School, and UNCG also worked with NCDF touring artists this season, as did students around the state!  Want to bring an NCDF artist to your school for a master class, lecture demonstration, or mini-concert?  Send us an email.

Greensboro’s second annual Bonus Day on January 19 was a success. Jen Guy Metcalf started the day with digital dance photos and headshots.

Photo by Jen Guy Metcalf.

Photo by Jen Guy Metcalf

Photo by Jen Guy Metcalf

Photo by Jen Guy Metcalf

Master classes taught by Gary Taylor of the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet and E.E. Balcos of EEMotion followed.

Gary Taylor class. Photo by Sarah Vincent

E.E. Balcos class. Photo by Sarah Vincent.

E.E. Balcos class. Photo by Sarah Vincent.

The Audience Choice Show marked the end of Bonus Day with an informal show of three works by local emerging choreographers. 90 audience members voted on the works and selected Marcus White’s “Com4tzone” to be performed in Greensboro’s 2013 NC Dance Festival concert.

photo by Sinru Ku

photo by Anke Michaelson

photo by Anke Michaelson

All of our Festival activities this season were made possible through grants from the UAC, the NC Arts Council, the Lincoln Financial Foundation,  the Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation and the Cemala Foundation.  We also received donations from many individuals.  Thanks very much to all of these supporters, as well as all who participated in our programs this year.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks to find out about next season’s roster of performing artists, other exciting collaborations, and learn more about how the Dance Project is working to build the NC dance community.

Thanks for reading!


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