North Carolina Local Dance Companies (Charlotte)

July 8, 2014 § 1 Comment

Not only is Charlotte is one of the largest cities in North Carolina, but one of the largest dance hubs as well. Today, we are going to focus on some of the major companies in the area: Moving Poets Theater Charlotte, Charlotte Ballet, Baran Dance, THE MARK Dance Company, Caroline Calouche & Company, Martha Connerton/Kinetic Works Dance Company, 4thRight Dance, Triptych Collective, and Taproot Ensemble.

cropped-Moving_Poets_WebsiteHeader4Moving Poets Theater Charlotte: 


According to their website, Moving Poets is an international community of artists and creative professionals of different disciplines, cultures and age groups, based in Charlotte, USA (Moving Poets Charlotte) and in Berlin, Germany (Moving Poets Berlin). The mission of this non-profit organization is present high quality cross-disciplinary dance theater and serve as a cultural arts incubator, that brings local, national, international artists and creative professionals together, to collectively create new works to be presented to the community.

Moving Poets’ next performance will be their Fall Production Novemeber 5-8, 2014 at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Booth Playhouse. To see a previous piece Moving Poets has performed click here.

logo_headerCharlotte Ballet:


Charlotte Ballet, formerly known at North Carolina Dance Theatre (NCDT), is a world class repertory dance ensemble located in Downtown Charlotte. According to their website, Charlotte Ballet is known for their high energy, precision and speed, as well as their ability to perform a versatile repertoire ranging from full-length classical ballets to innovative contemporary works. The Charlotte Ballet’s breathtaking beauty, boundless energy and amazing athleticism have dazzled audiences and critics the world over. They are a well-established organization that was created in the 1970’s.

Charlotte Ballet is currently working on their show DANGEROUS LIAISONS, which will be performed October 9-14, 2014 at Knights Theater. As stated on their website: Dangerous Liaisons, a dramatic and passionate story, is brought to life through the inventive choreography of Sasha Janes. Not only will you get to see spectacular dance, but you’re also in for a live music performance! Popular cellist Ben Sollee, who composed an original score for the ballet, performs live, suspended over the stage. You will be on the edge of your seats throughout this thrilling ballet, which culminates in an intense duel to the death.

Charlotte Ballet has received critical recognition nationally for excellence in programming, education and outreach, and dance training.They have school year programs, summer programs, and summer intensive along with their company. Auditions in a company class are by invitation only.  To be considered for a company class audition,you must send your resume, headshot, full body dance photo along with a video link of a classical and contemporary ballet variation. They also allow dancers to send in a video audition, but make sure to include your resume, headshot and full body dance photo along with a video link of a classical and contemporary ballet variation. All materials may be emailed to GRETCHEN JAX.

bg-logo11Baran Dance:


Baran Dance is a contemporary dance company. According to the website, Baran Dance was founded by Audrey Ipapo Baran in 2012. Baran Dance believes that dance should be inspiring and accessible, not just for avid dance patrons, but for anyone seeking a visually awing experience. They aspire to create dances to make you feel, think, possibly cry, and maybe even laugh. Baran’s work is very organic. Baran Dance seamlessly blends physicality and artistry, creating work that is available and appealing for all audiences, regardless of cultural, educational, or socioeconomic background. “We move to move YOU!”

This season Baran Dance has some great upcoming events and performances. On SundaySeptember 7th, 2014 @ 10am-4:30pm at Open Door Studios (1318-D1 Central Avenue) there is an event called So You Think You Can Baran Dance?, which will have classes in Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Improv for $15/class or $50/all day! If you can’t attend class you should check out Tiny Dances performance November 22 @ 8:00 pm at the Petra’s Piano Bar. Join Baran Dance for an intimate evening of dance and drinks! They will be performing solos, duets, and trios in a cabaret setting, with cameos from some of our favorite musical guests. Tiny dances… big fun! Also for dancers ages 14-18, BD2: Youth Ensemble Auditions are Sunday, September 14th, 2014 ​4​:00pm-5:30pm at Open Door Studios (Rehearsals: Sundays @ 4pm)!

THE MARK Dance Company:


According to their Facebook page, THE MARK dance company was founded in 2012 by Artistic Director, Arlynn Zachary. It is a fusion-based company encouraging the aesthetic qualities and technical applications of varied dance mediums.The company is dedicated to impacting the audience in a way that allows each person to leave the space feeling as though they have been marked by what they have just experienced. “With each step we take, there is a mark left behind.” – Arlynn Zachary

THE MARK dance company recently performed their finale performance for the Charlotte New Music Festival and Dance Co-Lab. on June 28, 2014 at JCSU Arts Factory’s Black Box Theatre. Follow THE MARK dance company on Facebook to keep up with the company and be informed!

2011 logo with slogan smallCaroline Calouche & Company (CC&Co.):


According to the website, CC&Co is Charlotte’s only aerial and contemporary dance company and school.  CC&Co. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring people of diverse backgrounds to explore beyond their boundaries through performance and education.  Our vision is to create educational opportunities for people to experience the world from a unique and artistic perspective, which will enrich their lives and the lives of those around them.

CC&Co. is currently gearing up for their CADE (Carolina Aerial and Dance Exchange) classes. The class started July 28 and run til August 1. Sign up for classes here to take class from Caroline! Also follow CC&Co. on Facebook to get updates about their upcoming season. Their first performance Rouge is in October.

imgresMartha Connerton/Kinetic Works Dance Company:


According to the website, Kinetic Works was formed in 2000. The company offers a spectrum of programs including educational experiences for schools through the Kinetyx Dance Ensemble and KinetiKids artist residencies; professional concert performances and pre-professional training through special workshops; and Connerton’s work as a contemporary choreographer and guest teacher of ballet and modern dance a make up another strand in the spectrum.

Mission Statement: Martha Connerton/Kinetic Works is a multifaceted company whose mission is to foster awareness of dance as an art form that impacts lives in a direct, positive and evolving process.

To see some of Kinetic Works’ choreography click here.

4thRight Dance:


4thRight Dance is a Modern/Contemporary company that is run by Ashley Suttlar Martin from Charlotte. According to the website, she is an Independent Artist, performing and teaching throughout the country. She holds a MFA in Dance from Temple University and a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. Ashley is a very busy woman being co-producer of FRESH performance series, teaching at Bokwa fitness and MoveStudio, and directing her own company. She currently serves on faculty at Winthrop University and the SC Governor’s School of Arts and Humanities.

In the upcoming season, their first performance of FRESH will be August 30, 2014 in Charlotte and September 30, 2014 in DC. Check out 4thRight Dance choreography reel to get a feel for their work!

tcTriptych Collective


According to their website, the Triptych Collective is a group of performance artists interested in bringing a unique blend of live music, dance performance and visual art to non-traditional spaces in order to make thought-provoking and socially-engaged performance art more widely accessible.

The Collective received a Special Projects Grant from The Arts and Science Council to support the development of Telepresence (2011), a Cultural Projects Grant to develop Sown with the Body (2012) and a Special Projects Grant to develop Tangled Elsewhere featuring the music of Radiohead (2013). In 2014 the Collective received a Cultural Innovation Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to develop “Poor Mouth” and “The Boundaries do not Hold”.

downloadTaproot Ensemble


According to their website, Taproot creates performance art that takes risks and has an honest, clear, fresh vision. The company strives for excellence in all things out of respect for our craft and those who have gone before us. Taproot is a collective of artists looking to revitalize communities through the use of unique and original performance pieces that reflect and challenge the communities within which they function. They create art by and for their communities under the influence of cultural concerns. Their work leaves room for the audience’s imagination, but toys with spectacle. Click here to view one of their pieces!

Charlotte Dance Festival



While not strictly a company, the Charlotte Dance Festival is an organization dedicated to connecting the uniquely diverse Charlotte community with local and national dance artists as a means to enhance cultural understanding. The Charlotte Dance Festival’s mission is to create an innovative dance festival that is open to all dance genres.  The festival presents a diverse blend of established and emerging dance artists in a variety of venue styles as a means to reach a larger audience.

September 19 – 21 the Charlotte Dance Festival will partner with Festival in the Park (FITP) again to organize great dance performances for youth and professionals. The Main Stage (professional groups and Pointe Pieces) performance  is Saturday, September 20 at 3pm – 4:30pm while the Youth Talent Stage (18 and under only) performance is Saturday, September 20 at 1pm – 2:30pm and 5pm – 6:30pm and Sunday, September 21 at 1pm – 2:30pm. Click Here to Complete the Application for a chance to perform on the Main Stage and Click Here to Complete the Application for the Youth Talent Stage. If you are new to performing on the Youth Talent Stage, they will need a youtube or vimeo link to view your works for approval. If you have anymore questions you may send an email to Applications are due August 15!

Please share this blog post will your fellow dancers to expand the North Carolina dance community. Also, we welcome comments and would love to hear your feedback! Let us know if there are any other Charlotte companies we have forgotten to mention. Look for our highlights of the Triad area dance companies next week!




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