Outreach activities are an important part of the North Carolina Dance Festival, and are designed to engage student communities and allow them to work closely with professional dance artists. At each site we bring Festival artists into schools, studios, community centers and universities ahead of scheduled performances across the state to teach, talk, and perform.
“Greensboro Moves” will bring dance out of the studio and into the community, inviting Greensboro residents from all walks of life to tap into their creative potential. Informed and inspired by the contributions by community participants, choreographer Danielle Kinne will construct a dance to be premiered at the NC Dance Festival in the new Van Dyke Performance Space in downtown Greensboro on November 12, 2016. Beginning in August 2016, Kinne and her dancers will engage the public at events such as downtown Greensboro’s City Market, the National Folk Festival, and First Friday festivities to gather movement material and start constructing the dance in a real-time, interactive fashion. Participants will get to contribute gestures, text, ideas, stories, images, and more that Kinne and the dancers will turn into movement. Kinne will also engage students at local public schools, children at after-school programs, and seniors at retirement communities with similar workshops. Workshops will be designed to involve people of diverse ethnicity, ages, and backgrounds to reflect the rich mix of community members who call Greensboro home. The project will be documented via photos and videos–follow the progress of the dance as it develops here!
This project is funded by a SPARK fund grant from Action Greensboro and Downtown Greensboro, Incorporated (DGI).