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On Nov. 8 in Agnes de Mille Theatre

WINSTON-SALEM – The Associates and the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Fall Dance concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Agnes de Mille Theatre on the UNCSA campus, 1533 S. Main St.

Admission is free, but reservations are requested. Reservations can be made by emailing mcneils@uncsa.edu, or calling 336-631-1227. An informal reception with refreshments will be held following the presentation.

The event will offer a tantalizing glimpse of four world premiere works by UNCSA alumni Grady Bowman, Trish Casey, Juel Lane and Helen Simoneau, whose careers have included dancing, directing, and choreography on national and international stages, in film and on television, as well as teaching at many schools and festivals. The choreographers will provide commentary on how their training at UNCSA’s School of Dance prepared them for their diverse careers.

The complete works will premiere at UNCSA’s Fall Dance concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-19 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 19 in de Mille Theatre. Tickets to that performance are $15 for adults and $13 for students and senior citizens, and can be purchased online at www.uncsa.edu/performances, or by phone at 336-721-1945.

Grady Bowman (2005) has toured the world with Pilobolus Dance Company and has taught and choreographed for Broadway Theatre Project. He is best known for his roles on Broadway in Wonderland, The Pirate Queen, South Pacific and Billy Elliot. He appeared in the film FORREST GUMP and on television in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

Trish Casey (1977) has taught contemporary dance at UNCSA since 1990. Her piece “Surrendering in a Champion’s World” resulted in an award-winning film produced by UNCSA’s School of Filmmaking in collaboration with the School of Design and Production. She has an M.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Atlanta-based Juel Lane (2002) made his choreographic debut at UNCSA’s Fall Dance in 2008. He toured nationally and internationally for six years with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Dance Company, and has taught at UNCSA, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and various schools, camps and studios.

Helen Simoneau (2002) is a native of Quebec, Canada, and a full-time guest faculty member at UNCSA this year. Her choreography has been presented in Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. She has an M.F.A. from Hollins University, and has taught at Hollins, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and American Dance Festival in Durham. Her company, Helen Simoneau Danse, is based both in Winston-Salem and New York City.

Behind-the-scenes events are coordinated by The Associates, UNCSA’s volunteer organization. For more information about The Associates, visit http://www.uncsa.edu/development/volunteeropportunities.htm.

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. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.