By Sean Olson, University Relations

alban elved dance groupThe alban elved dance group will perform Sept. 10 as part of the 15th annual NC Dance Festival.

UNCG will kick off the 15th year of the state’s premiere dance event, the North Carolina Dance Festival.

The festival, held at the UNCG Dance Theatre on Walker Avenue and Kenilworth Street, will begin 8 p.m. Sept. 8-10. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $9 for students and seniors, and $6 for UNCG students with ID.

Jan Van Dyke, professor in the UNCG Department of Dance, has coordinated the festival since 1991. Van Dyke said the 15th year will be celebrated with new and returning artists that highlight the history and sophistication of the NC Dance Festival.

“We are so proud of our longevity and the support it signals from the public across the state,” said Van Dyke.

Since its beginnings, the NC Dance Festival has attracted the attention of local, regional and national media, including a piece in Dance Teacher magazine and a forthcoming article in Dance Magazine that will highlight the anniversary of the festival.

This year’s events include:
• Sept. 8. Works by celebrated Triad artists including BTribe, Duane Cyrus, Nicole Laliberte, Eluza Santos and Wesley Williams Urban Dance Theater.

niki dancerThe 15th annual NC Dance Festival will take place at 8 p.m. Sept. 8-10 at the Dance Theatre on the UNCG campus (photo Steve Clarke).

• Sept. 9. Works by:
o Niki Juralewicz, a member of the Trisha Brown Company from 1987 to 1996 and has trained dancers nationally and internationally. She teaches part-time at UNCG.
o Gerri Houlihan, a freelance dance artist based in Durham and a former dancer with both the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. In July 2005, she was awarded the Balasaraswati Award for Distinguished Teaching by the American Dance Festival. She is also a guest artist at the Department of Dance this fall.
o Jan Van Dyke, a professor of dance at UNCG, recipient of the Choreographer’s Fellowship from the state of North Carolina and a Fulbright Scholar. In 2001 she was awarded the NC Dance Alliance Award for Contributions to the Development of Dance in North Carolina. She has coordinated the NC Dance Festival since its inception in 1991.

o Robin Harris, an award winning choreographer, is director of the dance program at NC State University in Raleigh. In 1998 she was a recipient of a NC Arts Council Choreographers Fellowship, and in 2000 she was a recipient of the Raleigh Medal of Arts.

• Sept. 10. Works by:
o Joan Nicholas-Walker, a dancer, choreographer, dance educator and Artistic Director of the newly formed NickWalk Dance Project. She recently joined the dance faculty at Meredith College.

o The alban elved dance company led by artistic director Karola Lüttringhaus, is an interdisciplinary contemporary dance company originally from Berlin and now based in Winston-Salem.
o B.J. Sullivan, a guest artist at schools and universities throughout the country and is an on-going guest artist at Dance Space Center in New York City for four years. She is currently assistant professor of dance at UNCG.
o From Charlotte, Martha Connerton’s work incorporates ballet, modern dance and theater. Her new company, Kinetic Works, performs a spectrum of programs from formal concerts to educational residencies.

After its opening at UNCG, the NC Dance Festival will travel to the following venues:
• October 20-22, Valborg Theater at Appalachian State University in Boone
• December 9-11, Citystage Theater in Wilmington
• January 27, 28, Jones Auditorium at Meredith College in Raleigh
• February 3, 4, Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville
• February 16-18, UNC-Charlotte.

For more information on the dance festival, call (336) 370-4819 or visit the NC Dance Festival on the web. For a listing of other Department of Dance events, click here.