Announcing the 2018 NC Dance Festival Season

NC Dance Festival Announces 2018 Season and NCDF Choreographic Commision


The NC Dance Festival (NCDF) announces the featured artists and dates for the Festival’s 28th season, kicking off in September 2018!

Each year, the NC Dance Festival, a program coordinated by Greensboro-based Dance Project, brings professional modern and contemporary dance choreography from NC artists to audiences across the state. To better represent the variety of ways NC artists are expressing themselves, we will present NCDF shows in both traditional stage spaces and non-traditional spaces that can accommodate experimental dance work.

Dance Project has recently partnered with ArtsGreensboro on an NEA-funded project to develop a relationship with Dance Place in Washington, D.C. as part of an effort to further develop the dance programming and community presence of the Van Dyke Performance Space. As part of that collaboration, we will present a special solo performance of Rice by Christopher K. Morgan (Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place) on November 10th at the Van Dyke Performance Space in Greensboro. The Van Dyke Dance Group, performing the repertory of the late Jan Van Dyke, will also be featured in this concert.  The NC Dance Festival will also partner with the Charlotte BOOM! Fest in 2019 to curate a concert of NC choreographers on the fringe festival’s schedule.

We are also pleased to announce that a collaboration with Greenhill Center for NC Art will be added to the tour, as part of GreenHill’s exhibit Beyond Ornament. This is an exhibition including jewelry and works to adorn the body from nationally recognized artists. We have commissioned choreographer Chris Yon (Winston-Salem) to create a performance work that incorporates these jewelry/ornament objects as inspiration and performative object.

A panel of NCDF adjudicators and Dance Project directors have selected the following NC-based professional choreographers through a blind adjudication process to participate in the 2018 NCDF season:


Audrey Baran (Charlotte, NC)

Sanwone & Santae Benjamin aka Reliable Brother (Charlotte, NC)

Emily Cargill (Charlotte, NC)

ShaLeigh Comerford (Durham, NC)

Sarah Council (Charlotte, NC)

Duane Cyrus (Greensboro, NC)

Kristin Taylor Duncan (Durham, NC)

Megan Mazarick (Raleigh, NC)

Ashley McCullough (Burlington, NC)

Gavin Stewart & Vanessa Owen (Asheville, NC)

Lindsay Winthrop (Raleigh, NC)

Stacy Wolfson (Durham, NC)


Season Performance Dates:


Asheville * September 28-29, 2018

at the BeBe Theatre

Featuring: Shaleigh Comerford, Megan Mazarick, Ashley McCullough, Gavin Stewart & Vanessa Owen, Kristen Taylor Duncan


Greensboro * October 11, 2018

GreenHill’s Ornament Performed Event

Featuring: Chris Yon


Durham * October 19-20, 2018

at The Fruit

Featuring: Sanwone & Santae Benjamin, Emily Cargill, Duane Cyrus, Megan Mazarick


Greensboro * November 9, 2018

at Greensboro Project Space gallery

Featuring: Shaleigh Comerford, Sarah Council, Megan Mazarick


Greensboro * November 10, 2018

Van Dyke Performance Space

Featuring: Audrey Baran, Sanwone & Santae Benjamin, Duane Cyrus, Christopher Morgan, Gavin & Vanessa Owen


Greenville * January 19-20, 2019

Ornament Performed at

Material Topics Symposium

East Carolina University

Featuring: Chris Yon


Charlotte * April, 2019

BOOM Festival

Featuring: Megan Mazarick, Lindsay Winthrop, Stacy Wolfson


Each performance will feature a different collection of performing artists, to provide variety across the tour stops, and present works in spaces that best showcase each dance. Festival choreographers will teach and perform throughout the communities associated with each Festival weekend. Get to know these artists through our series of outreach activities, including pre- and post-show talks, free community artist talks, and more.

As the season approaches, more details about all classes, events, and performances will be announced and can be found at

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