BOONE — The very best that the art form of dance has to offer Tar Heel residents comes to Boone as the Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents the 16th Annual North Carolina Dance Festival (NCDF). Performances will be in Valborg Theatre Oct. 27-29 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $6 for Appalachian students. For more information visit www.theatre.appstate.edu, or call the box office at 828-262-3063.
Each night features a different selection of performances, showcasing a vast array of choreography with distinct styles and techniques by the eight dance companies represented by NCDF as well as performances by Appalachian dancers. The festival begins Thursday, Oct. 27, with performances by Courtney Greer from Raleigh, Lindsey Kelly from Ashville, and Robin Gee from Greensboro. Friday, Oct. 28, features Terranova Dance Theatre from Greensboro and Natalie Marrone & The Dance Cure from Raleigh. Caroline Calouche & Co. from Charlotte, Diego Carrasco Schoch from Raleigh/Durham, and Helen Simoneau from Winston-Salem will take the stage on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Appalachian is the only stop on this prestigious five-city tour that invites student performers to work alongside the professionals. The dances choreographed by Appalachian artists include the works of three faculty members: Associate Professor of Dance Studies Emily Daughtridge, Associate Professor of Dance Studies Susan Lutz, and Assistant Professor Sherone Price, as well as Hope Wolfe, a senior dance major.
Although audiences have three opportunities to see the local artists, no two shows in the festival will be the same and each night features different professional dancers. “These pieces are stylistically completely different,” said Associate Professor Susan Lutz, local coordinator for the NCDF. After the opportunity to network with these dance companies, many students have gone on to work for the companies touring with NCDF.
An added feature includes a lobby exhibition of photography from Steve Clarke, renowned for his ability to capture beauty in movement with gorgeous dance and yoga photography.
Tickets are available at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2-5 p.m. and Tuesday/Thursday from 12:30-5 p.m., by phone at 828-262-3063, and online at www.theatre.appstate.edu.
Valborg Theatre is located on the north side of Chapell Wilson Hall on Howard Street. The door faces the back of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on King Street. Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty lots and the College Street parking deck near the Belk Library and Information Commons.
The Department of Theatre and Dance is housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Its mission is to provide liberal arts educations for the BS degree in Teaching Theatre Arts and the BA degrees in Dance Studies or Theatre Arts. The department also values the opportunity to offer coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the general university student population. Vital to the support of this mission is a dynamic co-curricular production program that provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community and the region. The departmental philosophy is to support the university’s liberal arts environment through a balanced and integrated emphasis on teaching, creative activity, scholarship, and service.