NC Dance Festival Launches New Artist Residency Program
Dance Project and the NC Dance Festival launched a new Artist Residency Program, in January 2018. This initiative will nurture North Carolina choreographers and support the development of high-quality dance work. Selected artists receive weekly free rehearsal space and opportunities to share their work. This program is designed for both the seasoned choreographer and those newly emerging who are looking to create new work and/or explore new territory, and may not otherwise have affordable access to adequate rehearsal space. Our first group of Artists in Residence is: Dom Alexis (Greensboro) Nicole Lawson (Kernersville) Nicole Ramsey & Michele Trumble (Greensboro) Jarrell Wallace (Charlotte). These artists have begun their residencies in January 2018, in the Dance Project studio in the Greensboro Cultural Center. Each resident artist will share their work with the community through informal showings, and open rehearsal/artist talks; specific dates will be announced as they are scheduled. We are excited to connect our community with these artists in residence through these opportunities.
Dom Alexis: Dom Alexis is an artist trained in various degrees of street dances, social grooves, and contemporary techniques. He holds a Dance BFA and Drama Minor from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and is certified in Bartenieff Fundamentals. From a young age, Alexis learned rhythm & groove from dancing to soul music with his mother. He first entered the environment of a dance studio at the age of 17. From 2012 to 2014, under the direction of former Pilobolus Dancer, Gaspard Louis, Alexis fine-tuned his contact dance and partnering skills as a Collaborator with Gaspard & Dancers. Alexis has been fortunate to share his talents, skills, and knowledge in amazing cities across the globe such as New York, Atlanta, London, Orlando, and Los Angeles. He is currently an instructor at several local dance studios, including Dance Project.
Nicole Lawson: Originally from Stokes County, NC, Nicole Lawson is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and activist working in the Piedmont Triad community of North Carolina. As a choreographer, her work investigates the pathways between injustice and hope. Her works have been presented at the Stokes County Arts Council, Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, Emergence in Durham, NC, the American Dance Festival’s Student Mobile Tour in Durham, NC and the American College Dance Associations Mid-Atlantic Conference at West Virginia University. As a performer, Nicole has danced with Renault Aumiller Dances, the Carol Finley Dance Group, and Kate Davis and the Continuum Collective as well as other choreographers. Nicole currently dances with JoyeMovement, a contemporary dance company based in Greensboro, NC. Nicole is a graduate of Meredith College where she received BAs in Dance Studies and Spanish.
Nicole Ramsey: Nicole graduated summa cum laude from UNC-Greensboro with a BA in Dance and a BA in Cultural Anthropology. Since graduating, Nicole has studied at Martha Graham School, performed with Van Dyke Dance Group and other NC companies, presented choreography in Greensboro Fringe Festival, and taught contemporary modern dance in local studios. She is currently interested in examining bodies in emotionally extreme situations and building her farm.
Michele Trumble: Michele Trumble is a performer, teacher, choreographer and writer with an MFA in Choreography from UNC-Greensboro. She continues to show her own work in the Triad area and has had the privilege to dance for local companies such as the Jan Van Dyke Dance Group and John Gamble Dance Theater. Her choreography has been shown throughout the US and recent written work appears in World Dance Reviews and Dance Chronicle. She has taught at Salem College, Elon University, University of North Carolina Greensboro and is currently adjunct faculty at High Point University. Michele’s choreographic research is a means to experience and explore the complex layers of ourselves as beautiful, tragic, compulsive, fragile, and brave creatures.
Jarrell Wallace: Jarrell Wallace is a member of the Nouveau Sud Urban Circus Project in Charlotte, NC. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but grew up in Charlotte, NC. He specializes in Cyr wheel and Aerial straps. He has trained on Cyr wheel for 2 years, and aerial straps for 1 year. His goal is to use his art to encourage young African American males to get involved with performing arts.