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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."

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Performance Coming Right Up!
Posted: Wednesday April 23, 2014 11:19 am

We will perform a short concert of dances designed for the gallery space at the Greenhill Art Gallery on Friday, May 2 at 7:00 pm. Admission will be free; donations are appreciated. The Greenhill is located in the Cultural Arts Center at 200 N. Davie Street in Greensboro. This free community collaboration with the Greenhill has been an annual event for over fifteen years, and this year it falls on a First Friday.

We will offer 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 are performed to original scores by Greensboro musician Frank Vulpi, and both have been arranged for performance in the round, allowing viewers to walk around the space and see the dances from all four sides. It's a 30 minute event and audience members of all ages are welcome.

May at the GreenHill
Posted: Tuesday March 25, 2014 5:43 pm

We're in rehearsals now for a May 2nd performance at the Greenhill. We're adapting an antique work "A Sense of Order" for that great space and creating a new dance. Both have music by Frank Vulpi -- made nearly 25 years apart. It's a great perspective on both my work and Frank's. We're calling it the Jan and Frank Show.

The performance will be at 7:00 on Friday, May 2 -- It's a First Friday, so it's a free and informal event. We hope you'll come!

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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