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Feb. 19, 2014/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu

 

FESTIVAL BRINGS YOUNG DANCERS FROM ACROSS STATE TO UNCSA

Weekend includes classes and showcase of works 

WINSTON-SALEM – The annual Festival of North Carolina Dance will bring more than 500 young dancers from across the state to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Feb. 21-23 for a weekend of classes by UNCSA dance faculty and guest artists.

The festival culminates in a showcase of adjudicated works selected for performance at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem. Admission is free. For more information, call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945 or visit www.uncsaevents.com.

“It promises to be an inspiring weekend,” said Dance Dean Susan Jaffe. “The young dancers have such enthusiasm. It’s great to see so much talent and passion from around the state.”

Over the course of the weekend, dancers will take classes including ballet technique, contemporary technique, pointe/variations, jazz and character.

Dance companies participating include Burlington Dance Center, CDC Performance Companies (Raleigh), Cary Ballet Company, Centre of Performing Arts (Graham), Charlotte City Ballet Company, Charlotte School of Ballet, City Ballet (Raleigh), City Ballet of Wilmington, Dance Davidson, Elements in Dance (Dallas), Encore Academy of Dance (Durham), Fox Troupe (Wilmington), Gaston Dance Theatre (Gastonia), Greensboro Ballet, Infinity Ballet Theatre (Apex), Jami Masters School of Dance (Charlotte) Monroe City Ballet, New Bern Ballet, Pointe Your Toes (Wilmington), Raleigh Dance Theatre, Sonya’s Dance Academy (Hickory), South East Dance Academy (Wilmington), Southside Dance Studio (Fletcher), Studio One Dance (Wilmington), Taylor Academy of Dance (Wake Forest), The Dance Collective (Greenville), The Dance Cooperative (Wilmington), Triangle Youth Ballet (Chapel Hill), Walkerdance Ballet Theatre (Elon), and WNC Dance Academy (Asheville).

 

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.

 

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