UNCW Theatre Department to Host North Carolina Dance Festival Jan. 11-13

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Wilmington, N.C. - The UNCW Theatre Department plans to host the North Carolina Dance Festival (NCDF) Jan. 11-13, 2013.

"UNCW Theatre is proud to launch our collaboration with the NCDF and the Wilmington Dance Cooperative to host this festival celebrating professional dance in North Carolina," said Andrew Belser, professor and chair of the department.

The NC Dance Festival is an annual showcase of North Carolina dance artists that travels to five communities statewide - Charlotte, Raleigh, Boone, Wilmington and Greensboro.

"The NCDF provides established choreographers the exposure they need to keep their vision alive, while offering up-and-coming choreographers a prestigious venue to be seen," Belser said. "The Festival also creates a sense of community among the state's choreographers and performers, enabling the state's dance artists to see each other's work and perform together."

Festival performances will be held on campus at the Cultural Arts Building, Mainstage Theatre. Tickets are $15 per person for a single performance or $12 per person for students, seniors and members of the military; $35 per person for a weekend pass or $30 for students, seniors and members of the military.

Show times are:

  • Friday, January 11 - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 12 - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 13 - 3 p.m.

The 2012/13 roster of professional artists for the NCDF are:
E.E. Balcos and his dance company, E.E.MOTION, have been featured with North Carolina Dance Festival, Charlotte Dance Festival, ADF's Acts to Follow Series, Piccolo Spoleto's Dance at Noon Series in Charleston, SC, and the Minnesota Fringe Festival in Minneapolis.

Code f.a.d. Company (f.a.d. is an acronym for film, art, dance) is a multimedia modern dance company based in Raleigh, NC. Founded in 2008 by choreographer and filmmaker Autumn Mist Belk, Code f.a.d. has performed across the United States in its first four seasons, including significant shows in New York, Washington, D.C., Houston, Seattle, and Birmingham, Alabama.

Carol Kyles Finley's works for stage have been performed in many venues on the East Coast, in Ohio, and Seattle. Her works for camera have been screened in national and international festivals and can be seen on Dance For Camera channel.

John Gamble is a prolific choreographer, having created over seventy dance works, which have been performed throughout the United States, in Canada, and in Europe. His company, John Gamble Dance Theater (JGDT), includes dancers, musicians, and actors. John, along with Jan Van Dyke, co-founded the North Carolina Dance Festival in 1991.

Lauren Kearns is the artistic director of the kearns dance project. Kearns has choreographed over 47 concert pieces produced nationally and internationally, and has written scholarly articles on her research. Kearns received the 2008 NC Dance Alliance Choreography Fellowship for her artistic excellence.

Gaspard Louis was born and raised in Haiti. He performed, taught, and traveled worldwide with Pilobolus Dance Theater for ten years. He formed his own dance company, Gaspard&Dancers, in 2009, and is proud to have it based in Durham, North Carolina. He is currently directing The American Dance Festival (ADF) year-round creative movement outreach program.

Gary Taylor is Founder and Artistic Director of the Winston Salem Festival Ballet. Gary has choreographed original works for many ballet companies in the southeast and his versatility has led him to choreograph for over 20 different musicals. Ballet.

Jan Van Dyke is director of the Van Dyke Dance Group and artistic director of the NC Dance Festival. She formerly directed a studio and company in Washington, D.C. for eight years, touring nationally with her company and as a solo artist.

UNCW media contact: Andrea Weaver, Office of University Relations,