NC Dance Festival Returns, Expands in Greensboro

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.

Each year, the NC Dance Festival, produced by the Dance Project, presents work by some of the best modern dance choreographers in the state, including the NC Dance Alliance/NC Dance Festival’s New Works Award winner Chris Yon. This season brings several changes to the NC Dance Festival structure from previous years. To better represent the variety of ways NC artists are expressing themselves, NCDF shows will be presented in both traditional stage spaces and non-traditional spaces that are better suited to experimental dance work. All of our performance venues will be community spaces, outside of college/university campuses, and each performance will feature a different collection of this year’s featured artists. This 2017 season is dedicated to the late Andrea Lawson, Music, Dance and Community Engagement Director for the NC Arts Council, in honor of her constant support of dance and art in NC, and the NC Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary season.

November 9, 2017, 8:30pm

Location: Greensboro Project Space, 219 W. Lewis St. Greensboro

Tickets: Suggested donation $10.

Featuring: Chris Yon & Taryn Griggs, Megan Payne, and the collective Paideia

NCDA/NCDF New Works Award Winner Chris Yon (Winston-Salem) presents a new solo for Taryn Griggs, “HOW TO PUNCH, KICK, STAB, KILL”. Witty and dark, the work draws inspiration from disaster survival guides, instructional diagrams for aerobic disco routines, and illustrations of disembodied hands in its idiosyncratic performance. Different each time it’s performed, “Within the Sequence,” by the collaborative group Paideia (Winston-Salem/Triangle), gives a glimpse of an improvisational process held together by sound and a common intention toward healing. “Magnificent Mirage,” a trio by Megan Payne (Charlotte), investigates the experimental fashion photography of Deborah Turbeville, exploring abstraction, disintegration, and manipulation.

A short audience/artist conversation follows the performance.

November 11, 2017, 8:00pm

Location: Van Dyke Performance Space, 200 N. Davie St. Greensboro

Parking is readily available near the theater in the Church St. and Davie St. parking decks or on the street.

Tickets: $20 general; $15 student/senior; $10 children 10 and under. A limited number of Patron level tickets ($35) are available; these include reserved seating with the best sightlines and an invitation to a pre-show reception with the dance artists and community leaders. Advance tickets available through and Dance Project’s website (

Featuring: Rachel Barker, Ramya Kapadia, Natalie Marrone, Courtney Owen-Muir, Matt Pardo, and Alexandra Warren/JOYEMOVEMENT Dance Company.

Alexandra Warren’s JOYEMOVEMENT Dance Company (Greensboro) presents excerpts from the full-length “For Love of Country,” an exploration of patriotism, struggle, reconciliation, and moving forward. Rachel Barker (Charlotte) presents the trio “Welcome,” a humorous and vulnerable stream-of-consciousness-like journey for the performers through movement and spoken word. Natalie Marrone (Chapel Hill) transports viewers to an agrarian space through her duet “Thresh”, where the complex stories of the land and people are inextricable. Matt Pardo’s (Burlington) Contemporary Jazz solo, “I Insist,” explores physical and mental limits inside of an engulfing choreographic score. Classical Indian dance artist Ramya Kapadia (Durham) tells the story of Krishna, an incessant prankster in her solo, “Krishna – The Blue-Hued Cowherd.” Courtney Owen-Muir’s (Durham) dance “EVOL//you//TION” uses her dancers’ strong physicality to convey a message of personal evolution through the use of synchronicity, partnering, and floor work.

Outreach activities will bring these choreographers into local schools and community spaces to teach and perform in association with each Festival weekend. Support for outreach classes and Greensboro performances comes from ArtsGreensboro, NC Arts Council, and Deluxe Corporation.

Community Classes:

Classical Indian Dance class

Taught by Ramya Kapadia

October 14, 10:00-11:30am

$5; Open level


Modern Dance

taught by Matt Pardo

November 11, 10:00-11:30am

$5; Intermediate-Advanced

About the NC Dance Festival

The NC Dance Festival, a production of the Dance Project, is an annual touring showcase of modern and contemporary choreography by NC artists. Dance Project, Inc., founded by Jan Van Dyke and now directed by Anne Morris and Lauren Joyner, is a non-profit organization that has been operating in North Carolina since 1989, coordinating the NC Dance Festival, running a community studio, the School at City Arts, and managing the Van Dyke Dance Group.  The Festival establishes a network of venues for professional regional choreography and performance, expanding accessibility of dance throughout the state while raising the profile of North Carolina’s own artists. We hope to create a stronger community for dance as we contribute to a community that is stronger because of dance. The North Carolina Dance Festival has been supported by state and local arts councils as well as local and national foundations and individual donations. For more information, please visit our website (

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