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Sunday, Feb. 26, Performance at Stevens Center to Showcase the State's Young Dancers

WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will once again host its annual “Festival of North Carolina Dance.” Approximately 450 dancers, teachers and directors from more than 30 dance schools and companies across North Carolina will participate in the event, Feb. 24-26 on UNCSA’s campus.

Among the companies expected to attend are four led by UNCSA School of Dance alumni and former students: City Ballet of Raleigh, with Andrew Myers Lamar (1996) as associate director; Muses of Terpsicorps from Asheville, with Heather Maloy (1991) as artistic director; Center Stage Performing Company from Asheville, with Michele Lee (summer session attendee) as artistic director; and Walkerdance Ballet Theatre of Elon/Burlington, with John Walker as founder and artistic director emeritus.

The weekend culminates in a showcase of adjudicated works by North Carolina dance companies selected for performance at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem. Admission is free. For more information, call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945.

Over the course of the weekend, dancers will take classes that will include ballet technique, contemporary technique, pointe/variations, jazz and character. All sessions will be taught by members of the distinguished UNCSA School of Dance faculty and guest artists.

Other dance companies participating include Arendell Parrott Academy (Kinston), Bonita’s School of Ballet/Monroe City Ballet, Burlington Dance Center, Carolina Dance Center (CDC) of Raleigh, Carolina Performing Arts Center (Southern Pines), Cary Ballet School and Cary Ballet Conservatory, Centre of Performing Arts (Graham), Charlotte City Ballet, Charlotte School of Ballet, City Ballet of Wilmington, Concert Dancers of Raleigh, Dance Arts Conservatory (Raleigh), The Dance Cooperative (Wilmington), Dance Express (Wilmington), Danceworks Dance Studio (Wilmington), Elements in Dance (Dallas), Encore Academy of Dance (Durham), Gaston Dance Theatre (Gastonia), Gotta Dance (Wake Forest), Greensboro Ballet, Greenville Civic Ballet, Infinity Ballet (Apex), Raleigh Dance Theatre, Sheets Dance Academy (Lexington), Sonya’s Dance Academy (Hickory), South East Dance Academy (Wilmington), Triangle Youth Ballet (Chapel Hill), The 3 D Project of Cary Ballet Conservatory, Turning Point (Mebane), and Wilmington School of Ballet.

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.