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Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts and UNCSA
Announce Collaboration with Hubbard Street 2

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (January 10, 2012) -- The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) announce a unique collaboration with Chicago’s Hubbard Street 2 (HS2) in residence on campus February 6-24, 2012.

During this residency, new work created by Choreographer Maurya Kerr for HS2 will be produced and performed by HS2 company members along with UNCSA dance students, giving each student the extraordinary opportunity to interact with and learn from professional dance artists.  Special performances will be presented during Winter Dance in the Stevens Center on February 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. and February 26 at 2:00 p.m.  For information and tickets, call 336.721.1945.

“The School of Dance is thrilled to host Hubbard Street 2”, said Interim Dance Dean Brenda Daniels.  “Having this world-renowned group of young professional dancers working directly with our students will provide an inspiring and unforgettable learning experience.”

“The collaboration between UNCSA and Hubbard Street 2 is an incredible opportunity for growth.  This residency will allow the University students and HS2 dancers to experiment in the studio and onstage side by side, while being created on by Maurya Kerr, the winner of Hubbard Street’s 2011 National Choreographic Competition.  This is a once in a lifetime experience,” comments Hubbard Street 2 Director Taryn Kaschock Russell.  “I look forward to watching the process unfold, and to seeing the dancers of Hubbard Street 2 inspire and be inspired by the positive atmosphere created by this collaboration.”

Maurya Kerr, HS2’s 2011 National Choreographic Competition Winner, danced with Alonzo King LINES Ballet from 1994-2006, as well as Pacific Northwest Ballet and Fort Worth Ballet. She is currently a freelance artist, and has been a principal guest artist with several projects, including Joanna Haigood's Zaccho Dance Theatre, and Alex Ketley's The Foundry. She is a senior faculty member for the LINES Ballet Training and Summer Programs and also serves on faculty for the LINES/Dominican BFA program, allowing her to teach ballet, choreograph, and set King's works. In 2010 Kerr founded tinypistol, a San Francisco based Dance Company.

Hubbard Street 2 (HS2), led by Taryn Kashock Russell since 2008, formed in 1997 to prepare dancers ages 18-25 for the life of a professional dancer in a contemporary company. HS2 provides talented young dancers with a chance to develop their professional experience, fast becoming dynamic and bold dancers. The company’s vibrant environment gives dancers the experiences necessary to develop strong technique and an individual voice. HS2 dancers are known for their athleticism and fearless dancing.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC), under the artistic direction of Glenn Edgerton since 2009, celebrates 34 years as one of the most original forces in contemporary dance. Critically acclaimed for its exuberant, athletic and innovative repertoire, Hubbard Street presents performances that inspire, challenge and engage audiences worldwide. The company’s ensemble of dancers displays unparalleled versatility and virtuosity, allowing the company to expand its eclectic repertoire with works by master American and international choreographers. Hubbard Street also contributes to dance’s evolution by developing new choreographic talent and collaborating with artists in music, visual art and theatre. For more information about Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Hubbard Street 2, visit

The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts ( is a privately funded program of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts that incubates projects that sustain artists at every point in their creative development through strategic partnerships that capitalize on visionary thinking in the arts.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts ( is the University of North Carolina’s conservatory for the arts, dedicated entirely to the professional training of students possessing exceptional talents in the performing, visual and moving image arts. UNCSA offers students focused, intense, professional training at the high school, baccalaureate, and masters levels in its schools of Dance, Design and Production, Drama, Filmmaking and Music.

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