2013-14 Season In Review
February 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
What a year it has been for the NC Dance Festival! In its 23rd season the Festival brought many NC dance artists and their captivating works to audiences across the state and we got a chance to know these inspired (and often times quirky) touring artists. Let’s take a look at some of this season’s biggest hits.
In September, the festival tour opened in Raleigh then continued to Boone, Greensboro, and Charlotte before finishing in Wilmington in February. During the season, we profiled the 8 touring artists–click on the link below to discover some fun facts you didn’t know about these creative folks!
In January 2014 the NC Dance Festival hosted its 2nd annual Bonus Day event which allowed the community to get involved in an extra day of dance AND chose a local emerging artist to be featured in the Greensboro mainstage performance! After some fun master classes, the winner of the audience choice show was Elissa Edwards with her piece “Drifting from our nature”.
A BIG event for us this year was the teaming up of the American Dance Festival and the North Carolina Dance Festival in June. Four different pieces were selected that ranged in style, age and voice but were all choreographically strong. The celebration highlighted the wide variety of dance that is happening in North Carolina. Here are the artists featured in the performance: Cara Hagan, Natalie Marrone, John Gamble, and Lindsey Kelly and Mindy Upin.
As always, outreach is an important part of the Festival with local and touring artists going to teach and perform in communities and schools, spreading the gift of dance to everyone. This year we hosted 12 masterclasses and 2 mini-concerts in schools and community studios around NC!
Our panel is currently in the process of selecting the roster of artists for the 2014-15 season, which we hope to announce in the next few weeks.
Thanks for all who participated in making this a fantastic year for the NC Dance Festival! Be sure to look out for upcoming events and connect with us!