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Meredith College to Host North Carolina Dance Festival Weekend

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The North Carolina Dance Festival Weekend, including community dance classes, a master class, and three mainstage performances, will be held on the campus of Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., on September 18, 19, and 20.

The weekend presents contemporary dance via three mainstage concerts, the first of which on Friday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. is the Meredith College Dance Faculty Concert, featuring dances by Alyson Colwell-Waber, Carol Kyles Finley, Eleanor Smith and guest artist Gerri Houlihan. The next evening, also at 7:30 p.m., will be the NC Dance Festival Concert which brings to the Raleigh stage some of the best modern dance choreographers from across our state. This year’s artists, chosen in a blind adjudication process are:  Anna Barker (Durham), Amy Love Beasley (Winston-Salem), Thomas DeFrantz (Durham), Karola Luttringhaus (Wilmington), Killian Manning (Durham), and Jan Van Dyke (Greensboro). The family-oriented ALL-Dance Concert on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. celebrates dance of youth in middle and high school, young adults, and community professionals. This year’s program will include Ligon Middle School, Broughton High School, Rainbow Dance Company, Meredith College, NC State University, and a group of public school dance educators from Wake County.

All performances are in Jones Auditorium on East Campus Drive and parking is readily available near the auditorium. Tickets are priced at $15 general; $10 students/seniors; $5 for children under 10. There is also a $25 festival pass. The shows are free for Meredith students, faculty, and staff. For ticket reservations call 919-760-2840.

Dance classes for teens and adults, including a special master class with professional dancer Anna Barker, will be held on Saturday afternoon, September 19. Class descriptions, registration information, and directions are available on the dance program’s website or by contacting Alyson Colwell-Waber at or 919-760-8388.  

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