History of Festival

How the Festival evolved

Festival History

In the first years, the Festival was held in the UNCG Dance Theater, and the dances featured were from out-of town artists; the dance faculty at Duke was the first. Three years after its start, the Festival added a third evening to showcase work from just the Greensboro/Triad area.  The Festival’s greatest expansion came in 1997 when the local artists’ evening ran twice, making it a four-night event in the Dance Theater at UNCG. The Festival also expanded to three sites that year, including Boone and Durham. In 1998, Asheville was added to the tour, followed by Wilmington in 1999.

In 2015, NCDF will open on September 19 in Raleigh. The tour will then make its way to Boone for two shows on October 23-24.  Greensboro will welcome the Festival on November 13-14. Five different companies will tour, performing alongside artists local to the host communities, making the actual concerts a mix of local and statewide artists.

Outreach activities are organized to send Festival artists into public schools, museums, libraries and community centers for classes and performances.

Interactive Timeline

For an interactive look at the Festival over the years, check out the interactive timeline we’ve created. Just click the button below!
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