Day in the Life: Artistic and Executive Director Jan Van Dyke

March 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

Jan Van Dyke  is the founder of the Dance Project, directs her own dance company, the Van Dyke Dance Group, and served for several years as the Head of the Dance Department at UNC-Greensboro. Van Dyke has been making dances for over 40 years and has shown choreography widely throughout the United States and in Europe, including Italy, the UK, France and Portugal. She has been active in the Greensboro and North Carolina dance communities for over 20 years, and her experience and accomplishments are well-respected. She has been awarded numerous honors: she is the recipient of a NC Choreography Fellowship, and a 1993 Fulbright Scholar. In 2001, she was honored with the North Carolina Dance Alliance Annual Award for contributions to the development of dance in the state. An acclaimed teacher, DANCE TEACHER MAGAZINE recently gave her the 2008 Dance Teacher Award for Higher Education. In 2010, UNCG honored her with the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award for leadership and service. The United Arts Council of Greensboro presented her with the Betty Cone Medal of Arts Award in 2011.

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A Message from Artistic and Executive Director, Jan Van Dyke:

I carry the title of executive director and artistic director, and I am also company director for the Van Dyke Dance Group. I consider my job to be staying on top of all that is going on, helping the staff members, who are often in closer touch with details than I am, to make decisions. I am the founder/director for the whole organization, so my face and name are out in front. I want to be sure that everything we do is consistent with our mission, that our programs support each other, and that everyone who works with us understands our organizational goals.

I go to company rehearsals several days each week. Meet with staff about this and that. Sign a lot of checks. Talk with Lauren and Milanda about finances and scheduling. Talk with Anne about plans for the Festival, designs for posters and programs. I write press releases and reports for the Board of Directors. I spend time alone to think things through– things like what the ending of the new dance should be, what the big picture of the Dance Project should look like, what the best way to approach future growth might be. And I count myself very lucky to work with such a talented and creative group of women.

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