North Carolina Local Dance Companies (Asheville)
July 1, 2014 § 4 Comments
Finding the right dance company is never an easy task. While we have the world-wide web at our fingertips, you can be searching for hours on end looking at the different dance companies around the world, or even around the state. To make your life easier, Dance Project has compiled a list of dance companies across North Carolina in Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, Raleigh, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem.
For the next few weeks, we are going to share general information for local North Carolina companies in each of the different citites, including highlights, audition information, upcoming performance dates, and other information regarding these companies. First up is Asheville.
Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre (ACDT):
According to their website, ACDT was created in 1979 by Director and Founder Susan Collard as the first modern dance company in western North Carolina to bring artists and audiences together to enrich, engage, and educate – changing lives through the experience of dance. This corporation is a non-profit corporation; ACDT is comprised of The Dance Company, its school The New Studio of Dance, and The Be Be Theatre.
The company currently has ten strong dancers. They have toured to Cuba, France, Mexico, Canada and Colombia — creating international exchanges, with dance artists from these countries, along the way. Recognized for her choreography inspired by female artists and international collaborations, Susan has also choreographed for film and theatre. She is currently working with international artists on a new collaborative venture White Dog Dance Project International.
Recently, ACDT showed their Looking for Frida Series. This show was a celebration of 35 years of modern dance with art, music, food and dancing at the Be Be Theatre. ACDT’s Company members performed a modern ballet based on the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, originally choreographed by Susan Collard in 1998 and revised in 2004 in collaboration with Cuban dancer Nelson Reyes.
According to her website, Lindsey officially founded Lindsey Kelley Dance (LKD), a modern dance company, in the winter of 2013. For a while, Lindsey choreographed and performed her own work until recently. Currently her company is small with four female dancers Amy Borskey, Kathleen Hahn, Kala Hildebrand, and Alexis Miller.
“Constantly drawing inspiration from surrounding people and space, I try my best to create and present work that is honest. Honest in its form and delivery, which is one of the most challenging tasks to achieve as a dancer. Using minimal muscular force, but rather working with natural momentum and weight in the body and continuously envisioning movement from the bones, I try to accomplish this. During performance, I find it important to be oneself and to move from that honest place. In my work, nothing is taken too seriously, however, underlying messages and meanings are up to the audience to interpret for themselves. I gravitate to creating work based on personal experiences and am constantly inspired by the people in my life, plus surrounding environment. Multi-faceted, beautiful, pure art is what I am constantly trying to create and always wish to bring to my audiences.”
In the beginning of May, LKD premiered an evening-length production, Legend of the Shim Sham. This was an evening of modern dance brought to you by Amy Borskey, Kala Hildebrand, Kathleen Hahn, Lindsey Kelley and Alexis Miller.
Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance:
According to their website, in June 2003 Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance became North Carolina’s summertime professional contemporary ballet company. Terpsicorps hires in critically acclaimed dancers from such well-respected dance companies as Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, BalletMet, Kansas City Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet. Most dance companies lay off their dancers in the summertime when theater-going tends to taper off. This has given the company the opportunity to hire first-rate principal dancers for a short period of time and create innovative, theatrical shows.The company currently has four male and four female trained and skilled dancers.
Recently, Terpsicorps had their annual Summer Workshop. For four weeks every weekend, Terpsicorps opened up its doors to intermediate and advanced students to study with their amazingly talented professional dancers with a different teacher every week. Also this past weekend was Terpsicorps world premiere of HUNGER at Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville. To watch a clip from the HUNGER rehearsal process click here.
According to their website, Asheville Ballet is one of Asheville’s oldest and strongest non-profit arts organizations. They thrive because they believe that bigger is not better – good is better. And because they are located in Asheville year-round, they can perform monthly, weekly, daily, to help fulfill our community’s artistic needs. Asheville Ballet has four different sectors: Asheville Ballet Guild, Inc, Ann Dunn & Dancers, Asheville Academy, and Blue Ridge Dance Camp. Currently, this summer then have technique classes Monday-Saturday. To take a look at the class schedule click here.
You should also take a look at a Butoh Dance Project based in Asheville. Here’s the link to their blog strange daughters butoh.
Look for our highlights of Charlotte-based companies next week!