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The Van Dyke Dance Group ~
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The Van Dyke Dance Group 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.

Van Dyke's choreography, known for dynamic energy and rhythmic precision, seems to live within its musical form, bringing both the movement and the music to a new plane. Her dances are highly structured and meticulously crafted while the movement vocabulary is quick, vigorous and driving.

THE WASHINGTON POST has described her use of form as "...immaculate. Thematic variation and recapitulation, counterpoint and consonance occur so naturally that one is hardly aware of the strict structure until the end."

DANCE MAGAZINE has written "Van Dyke builds intense anticipation and escalating climax through interwoven designs of rhythmic movement and variations in timing, ending each work powerfully on a single image of finality."

A   n   n   o   u   n   c   e   m   e   n   t   s

Posted: Monday August 24, 2015 10:56 am

Thanks to all who came out on August 22 to celebrate Jan's life and work. The memorial gathering was a special way for us all to remember Jan together.
We have created a digital memorial page for Jan: http://www.never-gone.com/memorials/jvd

Please feel free to add memories, pictures, and videos of Jan to the site.

The Van Dyke Dance Group will continue on as a repertory company, under the direction of the VDDG Trustees, Kelly Swindell, Laura McDuffee, and Virginia Freeman Dupont. The VDDG will perform during the NC Dance Festival tour this fall.

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 9:49 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!

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.

check this out
Posted: Friday October 17, 2014 1:42 pm

It looks as though this is actually going to happen! I wanted to do something really meaningful with money my dad left me--

$1 million pledged for small venue

And then Tom Philion and I actually went in front of the City Council:

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 by Joe Killian:
News and notes from Tuesday’s Greensboro City Council meeting:
•The council voted 9-0 to approve a resolution supporting a new community performance, rehearsal, event and theater space in the Cultural Arts Center. Janet Van Dyke, the founder of the Dance Project, has pledged $1 million to create the space. After the vote, the council gave Van Dyke a standing ovation.

Janet? Even so, the standing ovation was a real thrill---

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