It’s only January but we’re so excited about all the events to happen at Dance Project this year, not only within the walls of the Cultural Center, but throughout the community of Greensboro as well. Within the school, we have a great year of classes, workshops, and performances planned to cultivate a love of dance. Our regular schedule of classes for both youth and adults encompasses a variety of dance styles and skill levels; for more information about class times or descriptions, please visit our class schedule. Our Student Performance Company has a busy schedule of performances around Greensboro this spring, so be on the lookout for an opportunity to catch them in action! Also, our summer camp schedule and registration forms are now live, so be sure to check it out and plan for a dance-filled summer!
In addition to our activities within the Cultural Center, Dance Project is partnering with Communities in Schools to provide after school dance classes for Wiley and Bessemer Elementary. We are also starting a 12 week dance residency program with the Guilford County Newcomers School this spring, supported by an ArtsGreensboro Education grant. Newcomers works specifically with immigrant and refugee children, grades 3-12, to assist them with learning English and adjusting to the American school system and culture. In our dance residency with Newcomers, participating students will have the opportunity to learn and practice dance technique and choreography for classical American forms of dance, Ballet, Modern, and Jazz. The culminating piece in this residency will be a “Newcomers School Dance Day”, which will be held in the Spring of 2017.
As the weather warms up, we are moving class outside! Starting this March and continuing through October, Dance Project will be hosting four dance classes each month and at least three dance performances in LaBauer Park. These classes, made possible by a grant from the Ecolab Foundation, will be free and open to the public and will cater to all ages: two classes per month will be youth oriented and the other two will be specifically for adults. By offering these expanded dance programs, we are fulfilling our mission to provide high-quality dance experiences to the Greensboro Community, as well as the park’s goal to provide “ exceptional recreational equipment and activities, educational opportunities and public art”.
It’s important for us to stay connected with everyone in our community through collaborations with other arts organizations. We’re particularly looking forward to: Dancing on the Diamond with the Arc of Greensboro, ArtsRevolution in association with UNCG and the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center, and the Music Center at City Arts and the Greensboro Philharmonia for the Pillow Pops kids performance of “Babar,” among others.
If that isn’t exciting enough, the North Carolina Dance Festival is expanding its breadth to include a wider variety of cutting edge dance styles and performance venues, which will give artists the opportunity to showcase more avant garde, and experimental works. Stay tuned for more information on the artists and venues to come.
We can’t wait to share all of these activities and more with our Dance Project family and the Greensboro community!