NextNow, UNCSA's annual scholarship benefit, is an exciting evening event to support the future of the arts! Support for scholarships is critical to UNCSA's ability to provide competitive awards in order to attract and retain the very best students from around the world. You can play a role in helping to build the future of the arts by supporting the next great artists now.
The most fun time I’ve ever had with School of the Arts!
Sue Henderson, Board of Visitors
Save the Date
Classic meets cutting edge at the 2017 NextNow scholarship fundraiser, presented by Wells Fargo. It includes the School of Dance’s Winter Dance Concert, with special guests, members of the Paul Taylor II company, followed by the NextNow after-party with UNCSA students and honorary chairs Wanda Plemmons (Dance ’68) and Dwana Smallwood (Dance ’93). It will be a dance party you won’t soon forget!
Saturday, February 25, 2017
6:30 p.m. - Winter Dance Concert at the Stevens Center
8:30 p.m. - NextNow After-Party at the Embassy Suites
|UNCSA School of Dance alumna Dwana Smallwood will serve as an Honorary Chair of NextNow 2017. A former principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, she was proclaimed “one of the greatest modern dancers” by Vogue magazine. Smallwood joined the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa in 2009, where she was the architect of the school's Dance Program. She founded the Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center in Brooklyn in 2013 and currently serves as executive director.|
Wanda Plemmons is a native of Winston-Salem, where she began her study of dance at the Academy of Dance Arts. She continued her training at UNCSA, where she later helped found the Alumni Association and served as President for several years. Wanda was designated "Outstanding Teacher in the Arts" by UNCSA in 2009. In 2014, she was selected to represent the Dance Department in UNCSA's 50th Anniversary films.
Wanda performed with Winston Salem Civic Ballet, Governor's School and UNCSA productions. She has taught in Winston Salem since 1970, guiding hundreds of dancers to careers and continues to serve as owner and Director of the Academy of Dance Arts.