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North Carolina Dance Festival to be presented Oct. 23-25

BOONE—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.

View larger imageView larger image“A Place Apart,” pictured, is an original piece by Durham-based choreographer Diego Carrosco Schoch. It will be featured on Friday, Oct. 24, during the North Carolina Dance Festival (NCDF). The three-day festival will showcase 13 different works by North Carolina dance artists. Photo credit: Rosalie O’Connor Photography.View larger imageFayetteville choreographer Kristen Jeppsen Groves will premiere her new work “As We Are,” performed in collaboration with Defero Dance Collective, on Sat, Oct. 25, during the North Carolina Dance Festival hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance. Photo credit: LiletfotoView larger image“Rubix” by Gaspard Louis & Dancers of Durham, is one of more than a dozen dance works that will be showcased during the North Carolina Dance Festival (NCDF). Boone is one of four communities across the state that will host NCDF, showcasing dance artists from five professional companies along with new works by Appalachian faculty and students. Photo credit: Warren ScottView larger imageChoreographer Leah Wilks of Greensboro created an original dance work that she self-titled “Leah.” It will be performed in Boone during the 2014 North Carolina Dance Festival hosted in the Valborg Theatre by the Department of Theatre and Dance For tickets and other information, contact the box office at 828-262-4046, or call the toll-free number 800-841-ARTS (2787). Photo credit: Tim Walter

Ticket prices are $9 for students and $16 for adults. For more information visit, contact the box office at 828-262-4046, or call the toll-free number 800-841-ARTS (2787).

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 2014-2015 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.


The Department of Theatre and Dance is housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Its mission is to provide liberal arts educations for the B.S. degree in teaching theatre arts and the B.A. degrees in dance studies or theatre arts. The department also values the opportunity to offer coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the general university student population. Vital to the support of this mission is a dynamic co-curricular production program that provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community and the region. The departmental philosophy is to support the university’s liberal arts environment through a balanced and integrated emphasis on teaching, creative activity, scholarship, and service.

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