Meet Your Local Artists: Boone

October 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

Head out to Boone this weekend for the NCDF at Appalachian State University!  October 24-26, 7:30pm at Valborg Theatre.  It’s shaping up to be a lovely fall weekend!

In every city the NCDF tours to, local artists are selected to present works alongside the touring artists, to provide strong links between the local dance and the statewide community.  In Boone, three Appalachian State University student choreographers will present their dances, along with dance professor Susan Lutz. Here is a chance to learn a bit about these local artists and the pieces that were chosen for the Festival!

Christine Counts

Still of Christine Counts (center). Photo by Kristie Preslar.

Still of Christine Counts (center). Photo by Kristie Preslar.

Christine Counts is originally from Charlotte, NC where she trained with Resurrection Dance Ministry and CPCC Dance Theatre. Christine is a senior Geology, Secondary Education Major and Dance Minor at Appalachian State.

Working with dancers Breckyn Ely, Kara Flowers, Madeline Irion, Rachel Quirin, Luke Schaffer, Cassandra Steffen, Christine created Staying Grounded, which explores the use of the floor.  This lighthearted dance is composed almost entirely of floorwork, with the dancers returning again and again to the floor.  Christine says it’s been rewarding, “seeing how my dance has changed and how hard the dancers have worked.”

 

Arianna Steffen

Still of Arianna Steffen. Photo by Greg Williams.

Still of Arianna Steffen. Photo by Greg Williams.

For Arianna Steffen, it was challenging to leave her usual role as a dancer and have confidence in her new role as choreographer of 1, 3, 2, 4, 5, a dance for five dancers that explores the different stages of the grieving process.  She seems to have found her confidence; working on this dance, she says, allowed her to broaden her movement vocabulary and branch out of her normal style.

Arianna is originally from Apex, NC where she trained under Tamara Manukovskaya at the Triangle Academy of Dance. She is currently a junior Exercise Science student at Appalachian State. Arianna has performed in 11 dance productions while at ASU including Appalachian Dance Ensembles, North Carolina Dance Festival, Momentum showcases, and senior capstones. The 2013 North Carolina Dance Festival will be her first time choreographing for a showcase at ASU.

 

Megan Windsor

Still of Megan Windsor performing.  Photo by Greg Wililams

Still of Megan Windsor performing. Photo by Greg Wililams

“Sometimes we need to take a break and take a breath…”

Megan Windsor’s dance, Solitude, explores the challenge of stepping back from the busy-ness of life and focusing on oneself.  Megan worked on finding her own voice within the choreographic process and letting the dance unfold on its own.  Luckily, she has a cast that she trusts:  Jane Bowers, Jillian Robinson, Cassandra Steffen, and Lucy Winesett.  She says, “It’s no longer my piece, it is my beautiful dancers’; and being able to see them with costumes, lights and everything will be the most rewarding thing. ”

Megan Windsor hails from Mebane, NC where she trained under Robyn Shields with the Elite Feet Cloggers.  She is currently a senior Dance Studies student at Appalachian State.  Megan Windsor has performed in 9 dance productions while at ASU including Appalachian Dance Ensembles, North Carolina Dance Festival, Momentum Showcases, and senior capstones.

 

Catch the premieres of these works by emerging choreographers, along with the dances by the professional artists on tour this year with the NCDF!  Check the calendar here.

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