About the NCDF Artists
Durham's NOSI DANCE THEATER is a multi-faceted company that prides itself on its diversity—of dancers, audiences and dance techniques. Artistic Director Allison R. Daniels attended the Alvin Ailey School, the American Dance Festival and the Limon Institute on talent-based scholarships. She has performed with Laura Dean Musicians and Dancers. Visit nosi dance theater,"the Triangle's freshest dance company," at www.nosidance.com for more information.
AUTUMN MIST BELK earned her B.A. in dance and studio art from the University of Alabama and her M.F.A. in dance choreography from the University of Maryland. She is now as the Assistant Director of the Dance Program at NC State University. Belk’s choreography and visual artwork has been presented throughout the southeast United States. She serves as artistic director of the recently formed Code f.a.d. Company, a dance group dedicated to combining film, visual arts, and dance into traditional and nontraditional performances.
Since its founding in 2006, EEMOTION has performed in Charlotte and throughout the state. Previously, director E.E. Balcos presented his work in such venues as Walker Art Center and Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, Joyce/Soho and St. Mark’s Church in New York City. As a performer E.E. toured as a member of Shapiro & Smith Dance, Demetrius Klein Dance Company, Zenon Dance Company. He is Assistant Professor of Dance at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte teaching modern technique, choreography, and improvisation.
LAUREN WINSLOW KEARNS(choreographer/artistic director of KDP) has received twenty-four grants to support her artistic and scholarly projects; most recently she was awarded the 2008 NC Dance Alliance Choreography Fellowship. Before forming kdp, Kearns was the artistic director of bodytalk dance (1999-2005) a Los Angeles based professional repertory dance company. Kearns is Assistant Professor of Dance and Coordinator of the Dance Program at Elon University. Please visit www.kearnsdanceproject.com for additional information.
NICOLE C. LALIBERTÉ, director of Freedom Dances, performed with Sidelong Dance Co., Boston Dance Co., and Honolulu Dance Theatre. Her work has appeared in Old Dominion University’s Regional Showcase, the Greensboro Fringe Festival, NC Dance Alliance’s Annual Event, NC Dance Project’s Saturday Series, James Madison University, UNCG, and ADF’s Acts to Follow. She received a MFA from UNCG and a BFA from Boston Conservatory. She has taught at UNCG, JMU, Meredith College, Darton College, and Greensboro Ballet.
VALERIE DiSCIULLO MIDGETT is a dancer, choreographer, and yoga teacher/practitioner based in Boone. She is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of X Factor, a contemporary dance company now celebrating14 years of creating work. Past performance venues include NYC, North Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia, Florida, California, Colorado, Guatemala, Austria, and Lithuania. Through her company, Valerie has received numerous grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Watauga Arts Council, and the NC Choreographer's Fellowship. Based in Winston-Salem since 1999, SIDELONG DANCE COMPANY (www.sidelongdance.org) uses movement to look at life from a different angle and an unusual perspective. Artistic Director Karla Finger Coghill blends modern dance with elements of contemporary ballet to create a repertory of emotionally diverse works. Coghill received her MA in dance from American University and has been a guest artist at Wake Forest University, Salem College, and Forsyth and Davie County Schools. She currently teaches ballet and modern at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Sidelong Dance Co. draws on the talents of professional dancers across the Piedmont Triad. John Gamble is a dancer, choreographer, designer, and the director of the JOHN GAMBLE DANCE THEATER. In addition to his formal choreography, he teaches and performs contact and other improvisational forms. He is a recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Choreographic Fellowship, the 2006 UNC Board of Governor’s Teaching Excellence Award and the 2007 NC Dance Alliance Award for Contributions to Dance in NC. Anna Smith Milling graduated from Meredith College in 2004 with a BA in Dance. For the past 4 years Anna has taught dance to all ages as a dance educator for the public schools, an instructor at private studios, and a teaching artist working in collaboration with non-dance teachers. She is also a visual artist, creating custom drawings, mixed media, and paintings. Her post college choreography has been performed at Meredith College, American Dance Festival's Acts To Follow, and Choreo Collective's Current Collection. Her husband, Scott Milling, has created the video for her new work, "Situations.”
Date Submitted: 2009-01-05