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Gabriela Camacho, camachog@uncsa.edu/336-631-1202



Thursday, March 3

WINSTON-SALEM – Contemporary dance students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Dance will present a program of solo works at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in Agnes de Mille Theatre on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem.

Admission is free; for more information, call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945.

The 13 seniors will dance in their own choreographic works in Winston-Salem before presenting the same program in New York City on March 13. The group will also perform Megalopolis, a work by internationally renowned choreographer Larry Keigwin.

Each solo is unique and represents the culmination of all the training received at UNCSA. Students had different approaches in developing their choreography: Some students based their works on an underlying story, while others based their solos on certain concepts. Others collaborated with composition students at UNCSA, for example, to develop the choreography and the music simultaneously.

The Pluck Project 2011

The presentation was dubbed the “Pluck Project” many years ago, because the contemporary dance students exhibited “pluck” by raising funds for and marketing their senior trip to New York, where they perform before members of the dance world (artistic directors, company managers, etc.) to gain exposure in the national dance scene. Educationally, this annual yearlong project exposes the students to various aspects of professional life that they will experience after graduation.

In addition to choreographing their solos, the 13 students have been active throughout their senior year with group fundraising, outreach, and marketing. Fund-raising activities have ranged from bake sales to yard sales, while their outreach activities have taken them to schools in Winston-Salem, Hickory and Charlotte.

One of Pluck’s annual outreach projects is a collaborative performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf for kindergarten students at the Arts-Based Elementary School (ABES) in downtown Winston-Salem.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.