The Van Dyke Dance Group ~
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: Wednesday October 30, 2013 9:54 am|
On Thursday, November 7, we will travel to Lewisburg, WV to perform The Life and Times.... with the Trillium Performing Arts Collective. Kelly Swindell and Paul Besaw will be dancing on three shows over the weekend, and coming back Sunday evening.
|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.
|Now in rehearsal |
|Posted: Friday March 29, 2013 11:05 am|
Rehearsals begin November 5th for a short, new dance designed for "guerrilla" style performances around Greenboro after the holidays. Keep your eyes open-- you never know when you may catch it.
These days the company is a very interesting mix of longterm Van Dyke veterans with several complete newbies -- a lot of depth and talent. Dancers include Virginia Freeman Dupont, Alex Houston, Jonathan McDonald, Anne Morris, Melissa Pihos, Christine Bowen Stephens, Nicole Ramsey, Kelly Swindell, and Michele Trumble.