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April 8, 2011 / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / please note local students

Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu




Presentation is Part of “Sharing the Legacy,”

a Celebration of Alwin Nikolais

WINSTON-SALEM – Students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Dance will present Alwin Nikolais’ Gallery at Hunter College in New York City next week.


The work, which was presented as part of UNCSA’s 2011 Winter Dance Concert in February at the Stevens Center, will be presented as part of Hunter College’s “Sharing the Legacy” series: Dance Masterworks of the 20th Century. This is the last event in a year-long celebration of Alwin Nikolais. “Sharing the Legacy” is an ongoing series at Hunter College that seeks to address the challenges associated with preserving historically significant dance while introducing the next generation of dancers to their artistic heritage.


School of Dance Dean Ethan Stiefel said, “The UNCSA School of Dance is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to perform in ‘Sharing the Legacy.’ It is sure to be an inspirational experience for our students and we are honored to participate in this important celebration.”



School of Dance students who will be presenting Gallery at Hunter College are: Landon Beaty of Fort Payne, Ala.; Meghan Carmichael of East Sandwich, Mass.; Benjamin S. Coalter of Hurricane, W.Va.; André Drummond of Cambria Heights, N.Y.; Hannah Claire Emerson of Goldsboro, N.C.; Pierre J. Guilbault of Babson Park, Fla.; Sara M. Keller of Eagle River, Alaska; Grace Louise Pavelka of Omaha, Neb.; Alysha Perrin of High Point, N.C.; and Alex Dean Speedie of Austin, Colo.  They will be accompanied by School of Dance faculty-artist Dianne Markham.


Gallery is being presented with eight other pieces in the Nikolais celebration. In addition to UNCSA and Hunter College, the other schools participating in the performance are DeSales University, Marymount Manhattan, Middle Tennessee State University, Muhlenberg College, Newcomb Tulane, Southern Utah University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Performances of the “Sharing the Legacy” concert will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, in the Danny & Sylvia Kaye Playhouse at 695 Park Ave., New York, N.Y.  Admission is $17 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.  For tickets, call 212-772-4448 or for more information, call 212-772-5012.


UNCSA’s production of Gallery and Hunter College’s “Sharing the Legacy” series have been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.


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.