Oct. 24, 2014. The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance presents the 24th annual North Carolina Dance Festival (NCDF), a touring celebration that showcases the work of renowned and aspiring dance artists from across the state. NCDF will be presented on campus in the Valborg Theatre on Oct. 23-25 at 7:30 p.m.
Produced by Dance Project, Inc. NCDF was founded in 1991 by Jan Van Dyke. It collaborates with North Carolina dance artists to raise awareness of the richness and diversity of statewide performance and choreography. The popular festival travels to select communities throughout North Carolina and provides an opportunity for established professionals to showcase their work, while providing emerging choreographers exposure to a larger community. The 2014-15 tour makes four stops this season in Raleigh, Boone, Greensboro and Charlotte.
The Boone performances showcase original works from Appalachian dance faculty Sherone Price and Emily Daughtridge; students Natasha Small, Raquelle Pollock, and Jane Bowers; and NCDF touring artists Diego Carrasco Dance, Sara Ruth Tourek, Leah Wilks, Gaspard&Dancers, and Kristen Jeppsen Groves.
“The North Carolina Dance Festival is an incredible opportunity to see local and regional dance talent here in Boone. It’s an honor to be featured as a student choreographer because I get to show my work alongside professionals in the North Carolina dance community,” said Bowers, a senior dance major.
Each evening of the festival offers a different program for audiences to enjoy. Thursday night highlights exclusively local talent, while Friday and Saturday nights feature a different selection of local and touring artists. Here are performance schedule details:
· Thursday, Oct. 23: Celebration of five Appalachian choreographers, plus Marianne Adams, Cheryl Cutlip and Sayward Grindley
· Friday, Oct. 24: Diego Carrasco Schoch, Sara Ruth Tourek, Leah Wilks, and works from five Appalachian choreographers
· Saturday, Oct. 25: Gaspard Louis, Kristen Jeppsen Groves (in collaboration with Defero Dance Collective), and works from five Appalachian choreographers.
Valborg Theatre is located behind the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts off King Street. Parking is available after 5:30 p.m. on campus in faculty lots, the College Street parking deck and the Rivers Street parking deck.