Magazine article Dance Magazine

Tar Heel Jamboree

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Tar Heel Jamboree

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For many regional choreographers, forging a successful dance career still means hitting the highway to New York. But in North Carolina, it's roads closer to home that beckon with opportunity. Currently beginning its 15th season, the touring network known as the North Carolina Dance Festival gives its homegrown artists the opportunity to strut their stuff all over their state.

Featuring a different lineup each year, this performance caravan crisscrosses the Tar Heel State from September through February, stopping in six major cities and featuring the work of eight touring companies, plus additional performances by local artists at each stop.

While the American Dance Festival in Durham maintains all international scope, this one produces dance "that draws from the life in North Carolina," says festival founder Jan Van Dyke, whose modern dance company is usually on the roster. This year it also includes former Lar Lubovitch dancer Gerri Houlihan (see "Teacher's Wisdom," July); award-winning Raleigh-based Robin Harris, director of NC State's dance program; the Charlotte-based dance/theater group Kinetic Works; and Niki Juralewicz, a former Trisha Brown dancer who recently relocated to Chapel Hill.

"I look forward to it," says Nancy Trovillion, assistant director of the North Carolina Arts Council, which helps fund the festival. "I can go to one of these and see a showcase of what's happening in the state." She adds that the festival connects the performers to new audiences and to other local artists. …

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