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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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Review of the Evening
Posted: Monday September 15, 2014 4:36 pm

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

It's so rewarding to get this kind of commentary in our hometown---

Whirlwind Vermont Tour
Posted: Monday September 1, 2014 4:21 pm

After the Greensboro concert on the 11th and 12th, we'll be taking off for a quick tour of Vermont, sharing shows with Paul Besaw and Christal Brown in Burlington, Montpelier and Middlebury.

Three shows in three different places---try these links:

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We all know each other from time spent in the UNC Greensboro Dance Department as faculty (me), grad student (Paul) and undergraduate (Christal). Now Paul and Christal head their own dance programs and what a treat to show my work with theirs.

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 will present 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, will join 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. Tickets will be $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, and $6 for all students, available at Triad Stage box office (866-579-TIXX).

Jan Van Dyke and the Van Dyke Dance Group will reach 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, is 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 will be performing 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.

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!!!

Help Dance Project raise $10,000!
Posted: Tuesday July 1, 2014 1:36 pm

The Dance Project needs help in closing a $10,000 budget gap.

Times are hard, especially for non-profit arts organizations, and this past fiscal year was particularly hard for Dance Project. We need your help—Right Now—to help keep Dance Project financially healthy so that we can continue our work.

In order to start our new fiscal year on the right foot, without carrying over any deficits from last year, we need to raise $10,000 by July 31 to ensure that we can conduct our programs and pay our staff, as well as dancers, teachers, and choreographers. If we reach this ambitious goal, we have secured a donor who has agreed to match the $10,000, bringing our total to $20,000. This means that if you donate $100, you will be making a $200 impact, as long as we meet our goal. What a boost to Dance Project’s future vitality!

We are excited about our plans for next season which include two separate concerts by the Van Dyke Dance Group, the 24th season of the NC Dance Festival, and new class, workshop, and camp offerings through the School, not to mention our extensive outreach programs!

However, if we are not able to reach our goal, many of our programs are in jeopardy.

Help us reach our goal of $10,000 by July 31!

Here's how:
Donate online through our PayPal account (http://www.danceproject.org/donations.html)

or send a check to:
Dance Project, Inc.
200 N. Davie St. #7
Greensboro, NC 27401

Let others know that you have supported the Dance Project, and encourage them to make a donation too, by sharing the updates we post on our Facebook page and generally spreading the word to friends, family, and neighbors!

Many, Many Thanks from all of us at Dance Project! Your support is what keeps us going.

Summer plans
Posted: Friday May 23, 2014 7:18 am

We have rehearsals going on now for shows September 11 and 12 at the UNCG Dance Theater, in Greensboro, followed by a short tour to Vermont the next week: http://www.uvm.edu/laneseries/2014/06/nc-dances-vt/.

The Greensboro shows are shared with John Gamble and E.E. Balcos, and the Vermont shows are shared with Christal Brown and Paul Besaw (see link above). The Van Dyke repertory for both shows will draw from the 1990s.

Greenhill performance
Posted: Wednesday April 23, 2014 11:19 am

We performed a short concert of dances designed for the gallery space at the Greenhill Art Gallery on Friday, May 2 at 7:00 pm. This free community collaboration with the Greenhill has been an annual event for over fifteen years.

We offered two dances, spanning nearly 25 years of work in Greensboro: the trio, "A Sense of Order" (1990), and a premiere for 7 dancers, "Midnight on the Kitchen Counter". The company of dancers includes Katrina Blose, Virginia Freeman Dupont, Lindsey Bramham Howie, Jonathan McDonald, Laura McDuffee, Nicole Ramsey, Christine Bowen Stevens, Kelly Swindell, Michele Trumble, and Alexandra Joye Warren. Both dances were performed to original scores by Greensboro musician Frank Vulpi, and both were arranged for performance in the round, allowing viewers to walk around the space and see the dances from all four sides. http://cvnc.org/article.cfm?articleId=6823.

A Short Workshop
Posted: Thursday February 13, 2014 6:06 pm

Jan will be teaching "Introduction to Movement through Modern Dance" four Fridays in March 11:00am-12:00pm: March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th at Triad Yoga 3940 W. Market St. in Greensboro. The classes are free, offered by the Hirsch Wellness Network for cancer patients, survivors, and their families. If this is you, please come! Contact Louise@hirschwellnessnetwork.org to sign up. The advertising blurb states that the class will move fully and safely while learning a disciplined technique for artistry, exercise and self-expression. We will explore the basics of this American dance form, safely leading you through gentle floorwork, experimentation with movement qualities, strength-building leg work, terminology, and locomotor movement.

Check Us Out!
Posted: Tuesday January 14, 2014 9:48 am

We are about to dance out and about in Greensboro unannounced in a new guerrilla-style work -- 3 minutes of fast moving dance in public places without notice. And then dissolving into the crowd. We're heading for a soft opening on Saturday, January 25th. Keep your eyes open.

Short Tour
Posted: Wednesday October 30, 2013 9:54 am

On Thursday, November 7, we traveled to Lewisburg, WV to perform The Life and Times.... with the Trillium Performing Arts Collective on a show produced by Samara Michaelson. Kelly Swindell and Paul Besaw danced on three shows over the weekend, November 8-10th. Good crowds, good show.

Van Dyke Dance Group in performance at UNCG
Posted: Monday September 30, 2013 12:35 pm

A joint concert with long time colleague and partner, John Gamble took place at the UNCG Dance Theater on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 3, 4, and 5. The program included a new work by Mr. Gamble and three older dances from the Van Dyke repertory, spanning over twenty years of work:

Night Between Two Days (1994) tells a tale of transformation and initiation, performed by six dancers to music by Deep Forest.

The Life and Times..., (1991) depicts a lifelong relationship between a man and a woman, with music by Martin Swan and Talitha Mackenzie.

Design for Eight (2002) is made of shifting formations, ever-changing patterns with a satisfying resolution at the end, to music by Bobby McFerrin.

John Gamble presented a major new work, Bones of the Earth, stylistically drawn from Butoh and Noh Theater, but which mixes archetypal figures, particularly women, from many cultures.

Audiences were full and enthusiastic!

Dances for a Small Space / September 22
Posted: Sunday August 18, 2013 11:56 am

The Dance Project collaborated with the Carolina Theatre in producing a concert of solos and duets in Greensboro's newest space, the Crown, located on the third floor of the Carolina Theater, 310 S. Greene Street: Dances for a Small Space.

Works were by choreographers Renay Aumiller, Amy Beasley, Cara Hagan, Lauren Kearns, Janet Lilly, and Justin Tornow, to inaugurate this very exciting new space.

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