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 & MicheleRead More →

“Dancing Our Stories” How does storytelling help us understand who we are in the world? How can we establish our own voice or sense of place as it connects to our immediate communities? “Dancing Our Stories,” seeks to use dance and filmmaking as a way of empowering young people, giving them the power to tell their own stories and connect with others’ histories and identities. During the Fall of 2017, this collaborative project between Greensboro Dance Film Festival, North Carolina Dance Festival, and Morehead Elementary introduced 5th grade students to the language of dance on film as a way to articulate their own identities.  Read More →

Dynamic Dance Festival By Jeannie Ake, The Carolinian On Thursday the Greensboro Project Space hosted Dance Project Inc’s, NC Dance Festival performances. The program was scheduled from 8:30 to 10 p.m., followed by an after party at the Boxcar Bar + Arcade in downtown Greensboro. Greensboro Project Space, located downtown at 219 West Lewis Street, is “a contemporary art space created by the school of Art at UNCG. It seeks to make the city of Greensboro a richer place to live through creative, dynamic and collaborative public programming,” according to their website. The building is a convenient walk from a nearby parking lot, situated justRead More →

Dance Project has received a $4500 grant from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation in support of “Dancing Our Stories,” a collaborative project between Dance Project, Greensboro Dance Film Festival, and Morehead Elementary. “Dancing Our Stories,” part of Dance Project’s Community Engagement program, in collaboration with the Greensboro Dance Film Festival (GDFF), seeks to use dance and filmmaking as a way of empowering youth, giving them the power to tell their own stories and connect with others’ histories and identities. This project will serve 5th grade students at Morehead Expressive Arts Elementary School, a Title I school in Guilford County. Through the project, participants will articulateRead More →

Experience the energy and talent of professional dance artists from across NC with the 27th Season of the NC Dance Festival. The Festival aims to support the creation of new choreography and the presentation of high-quality repertory, build and strengthen relationships between dance artists within the state, and provide access to and education about modern and contemporary dance to audiences and students. This year, the Festival will perform in Durham, Asheville, and Greensboro. The NC Dance Festival returns to Greensboro for two separate performances on November 9 and November 11, 2017. Witty, dark, playful, and experimental, the concert presents a wide variety of NC dance.Read More →

By Byron Woods In its first ever self-produced showcase in Durham, the NC Dance Festival took several legitimate steps toward embracing a growing community of independent, professional dance artists from across the state, a population it hasn’t always known what to do with. But with only sixty people in attendance—a fraction of the audiences Durham Independent Dance Artists and others have summoned in recent years—few witnesses observed these needed innovations on a drizzly Thursday night. Terpsichorean in-jokes rippled through Welcome, Rachel Barker’s sharp-toothed tribute to presence and vulnerability in modern dance. After Barker’s trio spiraled through an absurd competition to somehow be the artist mostRead More →

By Lauren Stepp ASHEVILLE N.C.— It’s been 10 years since the North Carolina Dance Festival took center stage at the Diana Wortham Theatre, but the initiative goes back much further. “It started 27 years ago as a way to connect dance communities across North Carolina,” says co-director Anne Morris. “Our founder, Jan Van Dyke, wanted artists to show their work at various venues without having to leave the state.” And, while that remains the festival’s underlying mission, NCDF has transformed in years past, working to accommodate unconventional choreography and nontraditional venues. This year, it comes to the BeBe Theatre for performances on Friday, Oct. 20,Read More →

By Byron Woods Particularly in the dance world, change does not take place in a vacuum. A development in one area, for good or ill, can send ripples out across the practice. If others follow suit, the ripples become waves, potentially large enough to change the trajectories of people, communities, and institutions. As with the 2017 hurricane season, the shifts seem sudden only if you do not see them coming. It’s significant, then, that a week after Durham Independent Dance Artists launched its fourth season with a public recommitment to excellence and risk, the NC Dance Festivaland Emergence, two unaffiliated statewide dance showcases, will followRead More →

The Dance Project is holding its annual free African Drumming and Dancing Workshop at Brown Recreation Center from July 10-August 4, 2017. The participants will meet for two hours each afternoon (3-5pm) for three weeks. During the fourth week, the first week of August, the students will be displaying all they have learned in a series of free performances held throughout Greensboro. The public is invited to join us for the Thursday and Friday performances, which will be family-friendly and fun for all ages. The workshop will be led by Wesley Williams, the director of Suah African Dance Theatre. He is an experienced dancer, drummer,Read More →

Amanda Diorio, our instructor for adult Hip Hop class at Dance Project, gives us an insight into her passion for Hip Hop: What is Hip Hop?   “Hip hop is a dynamic and exciting American dance form. It helps with musicality, isolations, stamina and confidence.” How did you get into Hip Hop and why do you like it? “I was introduced to hip hop as a Junior in college. The movement was so fun and felt so natural to my body that I have studied it voraciously since.” Who or what inspires you in this dance form? “There are several teachers in New York andRead More →