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Festival Of NC Dance In Winston-Salem
Festival Of NC Dance In Winston-Salem

     More than 400 students, teachers and dance directors from dance schools and dance companies all across our state will showcase their talent in Winston-Salem later this month.  The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will once again host its annual “Festival of North Carolina Dance.” The event will be Feb. 18-20 on UNCSA’s campus.

    The weekend includes a showcase of adjudicated works by North Carolina dance companies selected for performance at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem.  “This is a wonderful way to celebrate dance with our colleagues and their students from across the state of North Carolina,” said UNCSA School of Dance Dean Ethan Stiefel. “It is a welcoming forum that allows us all to learn more about the level of talent and dance instruction statewide, while simply enjoying the hard work and performances of our enthusiastic participants. “I know that the UNCSA faculty and I always look forward to the festival and the energy it brings to our campus,” added Dean Stiefel, who is a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre.

     Over the weekend, dancers will also take classes including ballet technique, contemporary technique, pointe/variations, jazz and character. All sessions will be taught by members of the distinguished UNCSA School of Dance faculty and guest artists.

    Dance companies participating in the festival include Arendell Parrott Academy (Kinston), Bonita’s School of Ballet/Monroe City Ballet, Cary Ballet School, Carolina Performing Arts Center (Southern Pines), Centre of Performing Arts (Graham), Center Stage Dance Studio (Asheville), Charlotte City Ballet, Charlotte School of Ballet, City Ballet (Raleigh), The Dance Cooperative (Wilmington), Dance Davidson, Dance Express (Wilmington), Danceworks Dance Studio (Wilmington), Elements in Dance (Dallas), Encore Academy of Dance (Durham), Gaston Dance Theatre (Gastonia), Gotta Dance (Wake Forest), Greensboro Ballet, Greenville Civic Ballet, Infinity Ballet (Apex), Inspirations Dance Centre (Southport), The International Ballet Academy of Cary, Jami Masters School of Dance Ltd. (Charlotte), Sheets Dance Academy (Lexington), Sonya’s Dance Academy (Hickory), Taylor Academy of Dance (Wake Forest), Triangle Youth Ballet (Chapel Hill), Walkerdance Ballet Theatre (Elon), and Wilmington School of Ballet.

Admission is free.  For more information, call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945 or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances.

Marla Carpenter of UNCSA contributed to this story.

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