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NORTH CAROLINA DANCE FESTIVAL

CALL FOR 24-25 ARTISTS - CLOSED

23-24 SEASON

NC Dance Festival is pleased to announce dates and artists for our Fall 2023 performance events!

 

9.27-9.30 WIDEMAN DAVIS DANCE IN RESIDENCE

Greensboro

Nationally-celebrated Wideman Davis Dance will hold workshops and a public film screening plus conversation around their dance film “We Dance” with themes of memory, family, legacy, and tradition.

10.6-10.7 NCDF at GOODYEAR ARTS

Goodyear Arts, Charlotte

Featuring professional NC choreographers: Joy Davis & Eric Mullis, Lee Edwards, Courtney White & Carol Finley,  and ShaLeigh Dance Works

10.27 FREE PERFORMANCE FOR SCHOOL GROUPS

Van Dyke Performance Space, Greensboro

Renay Aumiller, Gerri Houlihan, Mandi Moore, and Seema Viswanath will present a performance and Q&A for school groups.

11.11 CREATIVE COLLABORATION EXCHANGE

The Artist Bloc, Greensboro

James Daniels, Damien Mathis, Seema Viswanath, and Anna Williams collaborate for 1 day in mixed art forms, culminating in a performance. Co-presented with TAB Arts Center.

SEason Activities

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Artist IN residence showing

June 7 | 6:30pm
Studio 323 Dance Project

Join the NC Dance Festival’s 2023-34 Artist- in-Residence cohort as they share original works-in-progress and projects they have been working on since Summer 2023. This free and informal showing will present live performances and an opportunity to discuss dance with the artists and ask questions.

Artists Jonah Carrel, Ashlee Dance, Ayan Felix, Christine Fisher, and Rob Myers will share work in this studio showing.

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ABOUT NCDF

The NC Dance Festival, a production of the Dance Project, is an annual touring showcase of modern and contemporary choreography by NC artists. 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. The North Carolina Dance Festival has been supported by state and local arts councils as well as local and national foundations and individual donations.

SEASON ARTISTS

Seema Kudur Viswanath

Oct 27, Van Dyke Performance Space, Greensboro

Courtney White + Carol Kyles Finley

Oct 6-7, Goodyear Arts, Charlotte

Gerri Houlihan

Oct 27, Van Dyke Performance Space, Greensboro

PAST EVENTS

Monthly Dancer Chats (3)

NCDF/AIR MONTHLY DANCER CHATS

April 27 | 10:30-11:30AM
virtual event

The NCDF/Artist-in-Residence Dancer Chats are casual opportunities to get to know dancers from across the state, and establish future collaborations and relationship-building in NC. Join us on Zoom on Saturday, 4/27 for a chat with Greensboro Artist in Residence Jonah Carrell, on the topic of  “Finding your leadership style in the studio, creating a healthy rehearsal culture, and other adventures in rehearsal dynamics”.

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NCDF and Music for a Great Space Collaboration

April 19 | Greensboro

7:30pm, Van Dyke Performance Space

Music for a Great Space and NC Dance Festival come together to present a concert of live music and dance, featuring new dance work by Jiwon Ha, set to music performed by the Khemia Ensemble. Eric Mullis will also present his dance “Data Streams.”

Monthly Dancer Chats (1)

NCDF/AIR MONTHLY DANCER CHATS

Mar 28 | 6:30pm
virtual event

The NCDF/Artist-in-Residence Dancer Chats are casual opportunities to get to know dancers from across the state, and establish future collaborations and relationship-building in NC. Join us on Zoom on Thursday, 3/28 for a chat with Greensboro Artist in Residence Ayan Felix & Christine Fisher, on the topic of “How does the idea of “research” intersect with your personal creative practice? Does your dance journey have connections with academia or do you bring research into your process in other ways?”

Film Screening

wideman Davis Dance Residency

Sept 27-30 | Greensboro

Wideman Davis Dance will engage multiple community groups in workshops around themes of history, memory, family legacy, migration, and how art and culture are threaded through every aspect of our lives. The NC Dance Festival will screen the short film, “We Dance,” followed by a lively conversation between Wideman Davis Dance and the audience. 

NCDF Charlotte

OCT 6-7 | GOODYEAR ARTS, CHARLOTTE​

4 professional NC-based choreographers will present new or recent dance works at Goodyear Arts in Charlotte. Featuring ShaLeigh Dance Works, Joy Davis + Eric Mullis, Lee Edwards, and Carol Finley + Courtney White.

Artist Mixer

oct 7 | Charlotte

5-6pm, Goodyear Arts, Charlotte

NCDF will co-host a community Artist Mixer with Dance Artists Alliance Charlotte (DAACLT) prior to the performance on Saturday, October 7 from 5-6p at Goodyear Arts. This gathering will provide a special opportunity for the Charlotte dance community to meet up and connect with artists from across the state.

ncdf/air Monthly Dancer Chats

OCT 15 | 3:30p
virtual event

The NCDF/Artist-in-Residence Dancer Chats are casual opportunities to get to know dancers from across the state, and establish future collaborations and relationship-building in NC. Join us on Zoom on Sunday, 10/15 for a chat with Durham cohort artists, Londs Reuter, Chania Wilson, and Durham director, Kristin Clotfelter!

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daytime School Show

Oct 27 | Van dyke performance space, greensboro

4 professional NC-based choreographers present new or recent dance works during a daytime performance at the Van Dyke Performance Space in Greensboro, designed specifically for local school groups. Featuring Renay Aumiller, Gerri Houlihan, Mandi Moore, and Seema Kudur Viswanath.

Monthly Dancer Chats (1)

NCDF/AIR MONTHLY DANCER CHATS

Nov 4 | 1p
virtual event

Join us on Zoom for a second round of NCDF/AiR Dancer Chats on Saturday, 11/4. Greensboro cohort artists Ashlee Dance and kt williams will host a virtual conversation. Register below!

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Creative Collaboration Exchange

nov 12 | the artist bloc, greensboro

4 artists, working in dance, spoken word, visual arts, and music, will create a collaborative performance in just one day. Featuring Anna Williams, James Daniels, Seema Kudur Viswanath, and Damien Mathis, the performance, co-presented with TAB Arts Center, will be followed by a conversation with the audience.

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Artist in Residence Showing

Jan 20, 4PM | Barriskill Dance Studio, Durham

NCDF Artist in Residence will show works in progress and finished works in an informal showing in Durham. Showing will feature the work of Chania Wilson, kt williams, Ayan Felix, and Londs Reuter. Showing is free. Reserve your ticket below. 

Monthly Dancer Chats

NCDF/AIR MONTHLY DANCER CHATS

Feb 25 | 3pm
virtual event

The NCDF/Artist-in-Residence Dancer Chats are casual opportunities to get to know dancers from across the state, and establish future collaborations and relationship-building in NC. Join us on Zoom on Sunday, 2/25 for a chat with Greensboro Artist in Residence Rob Myers, on the topic of “What is the responsibility of artists and their art to speak in protest?”

UPCOMING EVENTS

A movement shot of professional dance artist, Caitlyn Schrader.

Contemporary Movement Lab

Saturdays | Studio 323 | 10:30am-12pm

With NCDF Artist in Residence, Caitlyn Schrader, offered as part of Dance Project’s Spring 2023 Semester. Ages 18+, drop in. 

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Monthly Dancer Chat

MAY 13 | 12:30pm | Zoom | Free

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Artist in Residence Showing

June 8 | Studio 323 | 7pm | Free

NCDF Artists in Residence Jiwon Ha, Casey Avaunt, Janice Lancaster, Jurne Smith, and Alexandra Joye Warren will show dance film and live performance in this informal showing.

Artists in Residence

2023/24 cohort

Dance Project and the NC Dance Festival are pleased to announce the 2023-24 Artists in Residence!

This initiative nurtures North Carolina choreographers and supports the development of high-quality dance work. This program provides space, peer support, and professional development for both the seasoned choreographer and those newly emerging who are looking to create new work, explore new territory, develop an artistic practice, and/or gain additional experience developing their craft.

JAN VAN DYKE

Legacy Award

The Jan Van Dyke Legacy Award honors an individual who makes NC a great place to dance. In the spirit of Dance Project founder Jan Van Dyke, this individual sees a need in the community and works to fill it, generating ideas and laying a foundation that others can build upon, making a difference that will reverberate throughout the community. Nominees need not be members of the NC dance community, but will be working in ways that improve conditions for NC dancers and/or choreographers.

ShaLeigh Comerford

2023 JVD Legacy Awardee

Congratulations to ShaLeigh Comerford, director of Durham-based ShaLeigh Dance Works.

ShaLeigh Comerford was nominated on the strength of her company’s dedication to inspiring people of all abilities, social backgrounds, cultures, and generations with the transformative power of dance. SDW is recognized for its socially conscious works, expansive movement language, and commitment to community action.

SPONSORS

Thank you to this year's season and site sponsors, and partners!

Logo for National Endowment for the Arts
Logo for the Arts Council of Greater Greensboro
Logo for the Cemala Foundation
Logo for Ecolab Foundation
Logo for Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist.
Logo for Stability Engineering.
Logo for Goodyear Arts.
Logo for American Dance Festival.
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Logo for the University of North Carolina Charlotte College of Arts and Architecture, Dance Department.
Logo for High Point University.

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