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Price receives North Carolina Dance Alliance Choreography Fellowship

BOONE—Sherone Price, an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Appalachian State University, has received a 2013 choreography fellowship from the N.C. Dance Alliance. The competitive award is selected annually on the basis of a review of excerpted dance works, career achievements, and evaluation of a project proposal for a new dance work.

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As the 2013 choreography fellow, Price will premiere a new work titled “Skedman’s Inn” at the North Carolina Dance Alliance Choreographer’s Showcase, which will be held at the Durham School of the Arts Oct. 12.

“Skedman’s Inn,” named for an establishment that his grandfather operated in rural Chatham County, is an exploration of Price’s personal family history, as well as an examination of time and place. Skedman’s Inn was a store/gas station/liquor house/juke joint located on a dirt road off the highway between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro.

“Skedman was my grandfather’s nickname,” Price explained. “He was a farmer, a legitimate businessman and a bootlegger.” Although the dance work is inspired by events and historical circumstances, it is not strictly narrative and does not tell a single story.

“I have done a good deal of research into my family history and the history of Chatham County and similar rural African-American communities of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. All of the research that I have done informs the work and even the movement vocabulary, but the work does not tell a literal story, “Price said.

“Skedman’s Inn” will be performed by dance students from Appalachian and a recently graduated dance studies major.

“I am particularly excited about the chance to provide our students the opportunity to perform in this professional venue. They are doing an amazing job. I am so proud of them,” Price said.

More information about the North Carolina Dance Alliance and the choreography fellowship and the organization’s annual event is at http://ncdancealliance.org/?page_id=27.

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