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The NC Dance Festival ~
              Supporting NC dance
                          Building audiences
                                      Sustaining community


The North Carolina Dance Festival is a division of Dance Project, Inc., a non-profit organization under the direction of Jan Van Dyke, with three activities: a statewide dance festival, a dance school and a professional dance company.



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Help us continue this vital community program!
Posted: Tuesday July 21, 2015 7:26 pm

Our Indiegogo campaign runs through July 31! Help us reach our goal and support this important workshop. Thanks for donating and spreading the word!



Posted: Friday July 3, 2015 12:51 pm

It is with deep sadness that we share that Jan Van Dyke died early in the morning of July 3. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. We will share more details as they become available.



Dance Project announces leadership change
Posted: Wednesday June 24, 2015 10:02 am

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Dance Project:

After founding and leading the Dance Project for the last four decades, Jan Van Dyke will step down as Executive/Artistic Director, in light of her declining health following a 2 1/2 year battle with cancer. The Dance Project Board of Directors has announced the selection of Lauren Trollinger Joyner and Anne Morris as the new Co-Directors of the organization, effective July 1, 2015.

Joyner and Morris are currently School Director and Program Director, respectively, for the organization, with Morris’ focus primarily on coordinating the annual NC Dance Festival. The two will maintain their focus in their respective areas, while expanding the scope of their leadership to guide the organization as a whole.

Praising Van Dyke’s vision and service to the artistic community, Board President Meagan Jolliffe said, “Jan is iconic. She is inspirational. Dance Project was born from her incredible creative insight with a primary mission to cultivate modern dance state-wide. Both Anne and Lauren believe in this mission and are dedicated to carry it forward together.”

Of the new Co-Directors, Jan said, "I have faith that both Lauren and Anne believe in the Dance Project and will work to continue its growth and mission. Their level of experience gives me confidence in the future for all of us.”
Thank you for your continued support of the Dance Project--we can't do it without you!



ADF/NCDF Here and Now: NC Dances
Posted: Wednesday June 24, 2015 10:01 am

We are excited for this week's shared show at the American Dance Festival! There are two performances on Thursday, June 25--7pm and 9pm, at the Reynolds Industries Theater.
Check out this video of the artists discussing their work, and we hope to see you at the show!



An Important Message from the Dance Project Staff
Posted: Monday May 11, 2015 2:24 pm

We wanted to let you know that Jan Van Dyke, our Artistic Director, has ended chemotherapy and has entered hospice care. She is at home, working on an article on gender in dance, and finishing up choreography, and would enjoy getting news, cards and e-mails from old friends. Plans for the transition in leadership are underway and will be announced when they are in place.



Announcing the 25th Anniversary Season!
Posted: Wednesday April 1, 2015 1:53 pm

The NC Dance Festival (NCDF) is pleased to celebrate its 25th season in the Fall! To mark this milestone we plan expanded performances and community outreach across the state during the 2015 season.

Each year, NC-based professional choreographers are chosen in a blind adjudication process to participate in the annual NCDF statewide tour. The artists selected for 2015 are:

Anna Barker (Durham)
Amy Love Beasley (Winston-Salem)
Thomas DeFrantz (Durham)
Karola Luttringhaus (Wilmington)
Jan Van Dyke (Greensboro)


These artists will perform at the three sites that started it all: Raleigh, Boone, and the founding site, Greensboro. Local artists from each of these cities will perform in concert with the touring choreographers, and then the visiting choreographers will teach and perform throughout the communities associated with each Festival weekend. Get to know these artists through our series of outreach activities, including pre- and post-show talks, free community artist talks, and more.

Season Performance Dates:
Raleigh * September 19
Boone * October 23-24
Greensboro * November 13-14

To celebrate this landmark season, there will be a special performance in Greensboro featuring "veteran" choreographers of the NCDF: founders Jan Van Dyke and John Gamble, Gerri Houlihan, Robin Harris, Martha Connerton, and Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre –all artists who performed with the Festival in the early years. Additional special activities in Greensboro will be announced as the season approaches.



Excited to be collaborating with ADF again this summer!
Posted: Monday March 23, 2015 10:45 am




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