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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."

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Music, video and dance collaboration
Posted: Wednesday October 22, 2014 6:04 pm

On November 1 at 7:30 pm in the UNCG Music Recital Hall, Virginia Dupont Freeman and Christine Bowen Stevens will dance in performance with video by Michael Frierson, and music by Stacy Garrop, played on a concert by the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet.

I made a short dance, choosing movements that spoke of observing and responding to human interaction with nature. The movements portrayed a relationship between the two dancers and were limited to tight spatial restrictions. Michael captured the dance on video in a number of different ways--close up, full body, from different angles, etc. In editing, he rearranged it to suit the found footage in the background. The completed video is really a jointly made piece of work, combining his ideas with mine. The live music will add another strong element, creating an interesting and complex collaboration.

Admission will be free.

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---

Residence at Appalachian State University
Posted: Thursday October 9, 2014 9:49 am

From November 9-16, I will spend a week teaching and setting ROUND DANCE at Appalachian State University. ROUND DANCE is a 1985 work originally commissioned by what was then the Laban Centre in London. Since its premiere, the work has proved very successful with audiences and has been shown across the country and internationally, in London, Nebraska, Baltimore, Ohio, and North Carolina, among others.

whirlwind tour
Posted: Thursday October 9, 2014 9:35 am

We are just back from a week in Vermont-- 3 performances in 3 different cities. I was invited by a couple of UNCG alums -- Paul Besaw and Christal who both run dance programs in that state (UVM and Middlebury) to join them with a touring concert, I got 2 dances together and we made an interesting program to perform in three different spaces.

We had a wonderful time touring around to Burlington, Middlebury and Montpelier, with full houses and enthusiastic crowds. Here is a link to a short article about the shows.


An Evening of Dance by Jan Van Dyke and John Gamble
Posted: Monday August 25, 2014 3:05 pm

Dance Project, Inc. and the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance presented a shared concert of dances featuring three of the finest teaching artists in the state. Choreographers Jan Van Dyke and John Gamble, and guest performer E.E. Balcos, joined forces to show work at the UNCG Dance Theater on Thursday and Friday, September 11 and 12 at 7:30 pm. The Theater is on the corner of Kenilworth and Walker Avenue on the UNCG campus.

Jan Van Dyke and the Van Dyke Dance Group reached back into the 1980s and 1990s to perform three of the company’s classic works from the repertory: “Lament” (1984), with music by Tangerine Dream, danced by Kelly Swindell and guest E.E. Balcos. The work expresses the frustration and despair we all experience as part of life. “Slow Retreat from Center” (1990) with music by Peter Gabriel is dark, mysterious, and driving, portraying a community in distress. “A Sense of Order” (1990) is a measured rhythmic design of idiosyncratic gestures and organized pairings, danced to music by Greensboro artist Frank Vulpi. Virginia Freeman Dupont, Laura McDuffee, Anne Morris, Nicole Ramsey and Christine Bowen Stevens performed these works.

“Sub-Text” is a new dance choreographed by John Gamble in collaboration with members of his company. It explores our increasingly brief and ubiquitous forms of communication in the digital age. The dancers will explore a barrage of movement "bites" that will fill their world in rapid succession. The cast of “Sub-Text” includes Amy Blakely, Kindal Blattner-Buterin, Lisa Boguslaw, Emily Brenner, Amanda Diorio, Virginia Dupont, Todd Fisher, Renee Heagney, Jennifer McNure, John Meroney, Bess Park, Kelly Swindell, Michelle Trumble, Kelley Ann Walsh, and Hope Wolfe.

Try this link to see a review of this recent Greensboro concert: http://www.cvnc.org/article.cfm?articleId=6956

Dance Project says...
Posted: Friday August 8, 2014 1:14 pm

We did it!
Posted: Friday August 1, 2014 8:31 pm

We are SO PROUD to announce that we reached our goal of $10,000 with your help! This means that we will get the matching $10,000, for a total of $20,000! We cannot thank you enough for your support--financial support, moral support, emotional support, you name it. We are humbled by your generosity and your love of the Greensboro and NC dance community. Thank you!!!

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