Audience Choice Show: Elissa Edwards

January 10, 2014 § 2 Comments

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Elissa Edwards is the director of The 28 Movement, a Wilmington, NC based dance company. They recently performed their first full length show at Thalian Hall in September of this year. She also co-owns Impulse Dance Project (IDP) with Lindsey Bryant. Their studio is a training ground for serious dancers who hope to pursue a career in the dance world, whether it be concert dance, choreography, ballet, commercial work, theatre, etc. Whatever they wish to do, IDP trains them in all aspects so they will be versatile and prepared to take the dance world by storm. Elissa also runs an in-studio dance convention called EVOLVE.  Elissa travels the U.S. and Canada teaching master classes and setting choreography on various studios. She was a finalist for the Capezio A.C.E awards this summer in New York City. Elissa was one out of just 15 chosen, out of over 200 finalists. She also was just featured in the October issue of Wilma magazine as the woman in the Arts to watch in Wilmington.
Elissa is energized by dance: “There is nothing like the connections you create when you are teaching and creating or watching someone watch a piece of yours being performed and not even being able to put into words what it makes them think or feel. That is what I thrive off of.”
Drifting From Our Nature is inspired by the struggle to constantly be a better person and the relationships that fuel that desire to be better, that put us back on path when we begin to stray. It is a new contemporary work, set on six females to music by Gem Club.
still from The 28 Movement's show

Still from The 28 Movement’s show. Photo by Kim O’Briant.

To watch videos of past works and rehearsals with Elissa and The 28 Movement, visit their YouTube page.
Click here to connect with Impulse Dance Project on Facebook.
still from The 28 Movement's show

Still from The 28 Movement’s show. Photo by Kim O’Briant.

Drifting from our Nature will be presented in the Audience Choice Show at 3:00pm, during the NCDF Bonus Day in Greensboro.  Along with 2 other emerging choreographers, Elissa will present her work and answer questions from the audience.  The Audience Favorite will go on to perform in Greensboro on the NC Dance Festival performance in November.

For the full NCDF Bonus Day schedule, click here.


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