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Dancing across Aycock stage – and the state

The NC Dance Festival tours the state every year – expanding the accessibility of dance throughout the state while raising the profile of North Carolina’s own artists.

The 22nd season of the NC Dance Festival will come to UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium Nov. 2 and 3, at 8 p.m. The weekend of performances will run two nights, with a different show each night. For information and reservations, call 334-4849.

Two well-known UNCG faculty, John Gamble and Jan Van Dyke, will present work, and several adjunct faculty members will perform.

Friday night’s performance will feature work by Festival touring artists Autumn Mist Belk/Code f.a.d Company (Raleigh), Gaspard Louis/Gaspard and Dancers (Durham), Jan Van Dyke/Van Dyke Dance Group (Greensboro), and Gary Taylor/Winston-Salem Festival Ballet (Winston Salem).

On Saturday, John Gamble/John Gamble Dance Theater (Greensboro), E.E. Balcos/EE MOTION (Charlotte), Lauren Kearns/The Kearns Dance Project (Burlington), and Carol Finley/Carol Finley Dance Group (Raleigh) will present dances.

The weekend will also feature local artists Sara Tourek (Greensboro) on Friday night, and Jason Aryeh (Burlington) on Saturday.

In addition to the weekend’s performances, several outreach events will be held throughout the Triad area, offering opportunities to take a class with one of the performing artists. Check your local event calendar for information on upcoming outreach classes with touring artists. For more information, visit www.ncdancefestival.org.

The festival is engaged with communities across the state. This year, four of the five Festival presenters across the state are partnering with UNC dance programs to produce the concerts in their communities: Valborg Theater at Appalachian State University on Oct. 25-27, Aycock Auditorium on Nov. 2 and 3, Cultural Arts Building at UNCW on Jan. 11-13, and Robinson Hall at UNC Charlotte on Jan. 25-26. In Raleigh, the Festival was held at Meredith College in September.

This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources and major financial support was also provided by the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro.

The festival is an annual production of the Dance Project, under the direction of Van Dyke.

Visual of “Just another dance,” choreographed by John Gamble. Photographer: Chris Walt