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Step Afrika! Dance Performance at UNC Asheville

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
ASHEVILLE NC – The first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping, Step Afrika! will bring it’s high-energy percussive dancing to UNC Asheville. Originating from the song-and-dance tradition created by African-American college students, stepping uses the body to create sound and rhythm through hand clapping, foot stomping and spoken word. Step Afrika! will be offering a performance at 8 p.m Thursday, Oct. 23 in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Their performance is free and open to the public.

Although stepping began with historically black Greek letter college fraternities, Step Afrika! has taken its exciting dance style to a wide variety of audiences. On top of its annual 50-city tour of American colleges and universities, Step Afrika! partners with the U.S. State Department, Navy Entertainment and other international organizations to hold performances and workshops for communities around the world.

Step Afrika! is known for bringing its art into the classroom and will lead a free masterclass from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in UNC Asheville’ Humanities Lecture Hall.

Step Afrika! events are co-sponsored by many UNC Asheville offices and programs, including the Office of Multicultural Student Programs, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Africana Studies, Connections Peer Mentoring Program, the Center for Diversity Education, the Black Student Association, International Student Services, Campus Recreation, the Department of Education and Transition/Parent Programs.

For more information, contact UNC Asheville’s Office of Multicultural Student Programs or 828.251.6577.

Rococo Ballroom Opens in Asheville

Monday, June 30th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Rococo Ballroom dance studio opens its doors this week in North Asheville, bringing to the area the only ballroom dance studio with a unit-based class structure, teaching all styles of partner dances.

Owners Jake Lavender and Meghan McDonald have been dancing competitively and providing ballroom dance instruction for eight years with Arthur Murray International Dance Studios. This is the team’s first venture as an independent studio.

“We teach using three different classes to maximize the learning potential,” says McDonald, “the advantage of this model is that anyone, with any level of experience, can learn more skills to reach their personal goals faster.” The studio offers private lessons for learning new things, as well as group classes and parties for reviewing and practicing skills while getting helpful hints from an instructor. All of the teachers are full-time dance instructors and professional competitors.

The new studio is located in a 1600- square-foot space in Reynolds Village and it features a large dance floor, twenty feet of mirrors, and a modern sound system for private instruction and group classes. Rococo Ballroom offers private instruction in any partner dance, including Bachata, Bolero, Cha-cha, Foxtrot, Rumba, Salsa, Samba, Swing, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Western, Waltz, and others.

Rococo Ballroom will officially open on Saturday, June 28, 2014 with a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The studio is located at 51 North Merrimon Avenue, Suite 107, and will be open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 828-575-0905 or visit Rococo Ballroom on Facebook for more information.

Pilobolus Dance Theatre at Diana Wortham

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – A returning favorite of Asheville audiences, Pilobolus Dance Theatre performs its breathtaking combination of humor and invention Tuesday and Wednesday, March 19 and 20 at 8:00 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place. Using everything from acrobatics to puppetry and shadow imagery, Pilobolus creates a metamorphosis on stage between physicality and illusion: “Bodies become imagery, and one image merges into another, organically, poetically, inexplicably,” says The New York Times. Pilobolus’s jaw-dropping athleticism and startling mix of humor has earned it the praise “the most popular modern dance company in the country” (New York Post).

Named after an ever-changing organism, and drawing inspiration from biology, Pilobolus has created a dance vocabulary all its own. Having performed throughout the U.S. and in 64 countries around the world, Pilobolus has also appeared at the 2007 Academy Awards, on OPRAH, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Sesame Street, and in a Grammy-Nominated viral music video collaboration with the band OK Go. The group has received numerous awards including the Berlin Critic’s Prize, the Brandeis Award, a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in cultural programming, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in choreography, and a TED Fellowship for performing a TED Talk in 2005. With its novel approach to dance infused with humor, science and incredible feats of the human body, Pilobolus makes modern dance accessible and fun for all.

Pre-Show Event: During both evenings of the Pilobolus performances, the theatre conducts its 5th annual raffle to benefit the Youth Education Scholarship (Y.E.S.) Fund. The theatre’s Y.E.S. Fund provides children the opportunity to experience the arts by attending Matinee Series performances. At the annual raffle, patrons can purchase raffle tickets for only $5 for a chance to win prize packages from regional businesses and artists such as art and craft gallery items, restaurant gift certificates, homemade goods, tickets for area performing arts venues and attractions, retail and services, and more. Winners are announced at the end of each evening. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase throughout the evening. All raffle ticket proceeds benefit local students.

Pilobolus’s Asheville performances are presented with support from The Art Fryar Charitable Trust Fund. The performances are made possible by Performance Sponsors Tom & Linda Goodwin, Steve & Rena Hoffman, Nancy Houha & William Hilson, and Jerry & Bill McAninch; and by Mainstage Dance Series Sponsors Wells Fargo, Hedy Fischer & Randy Shull, Tina & John McGuire, and Ronna & Rob Resnick; with additional support from Media Sponsors The Laurel of Asheville and WCQS 88.1 FM.

The Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place is located in the same complex as the Asheville Art Museum and the Colburn Earth Science Museum and is within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in all of Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2012/2013 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Citizen-Times, Creative Energy, Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet-to-go, the North Carolina Arts Council, and Renaissance Asheville Hotel. To obtain more information on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.

To obtain more information on Pilobolus’s March 19 and 20 performances at Diana Wortham Theatre or to purchase tickets (Regular $48; Student $45; Child $20), call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com. Student Rush tickets ($10 for students with valid I.D.) are sold the day of the show, based on availability.

River North Dance Chicago Performs at DWT

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Combining athletic prowess and artistic perspective with bold, theatrical flair, River North Dance Chicago performs its fresh take on contemporary jazz dance at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place on Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. River North Dance Chicago, led by Artistic Director Frank Chaves, aims for audiences to feel the complete spectrum of human emotions in a single evening, and to leave them feeling joyful and exhilarated at the end of each program. The Chicago Sun-Times claims, “…this is one sleek, confident, athletic, daring, versatile company.”

Founded in 1989, River North Dance Chicago has established itself as one of Chicago’s leading dance companies, and one of the most popular national repertory companies, receiving critical acclaim in the U.S. and internationally. The company has toured extensively in Illinois, throughout the United States and, since 2008 has conducted various international tours to Colombia, Germany, Korea, Switzerland and Russia. RNDC was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as #2 in 2011’s “Top 10” dance performances, and The Chicago Sun-Times raved that the “company has been dancing brilliantly for many seasons, but it rarely has looked better.”

River North Dance Chicago’s repertoire features core works by Frank Chaves that are augmented with an array of pieces by nationally and internationally renowned choreographers. Performed by highly skilled and emotive dancers, these pieces explore new types of dance to keep the mix new, but Chaves is careful never to let the company stray from its jazz roots. The company’s highly regarded residency programs and outreach include Street Beat: Dance Through the Decades – a social history of the 20th Century through dance; classroom workshops, open rehearsals and curtain talks.

Artistic Director Frank Chaves joined River North Dance Chicago in 1993, and assumed sole artistic directorship in May 2001. Since then he has created over 20 works in the company’s repertoire. Chaves has created numerous works for other companies including Spectrum Dance Theatre, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago and the National Choreographers Initiative. His theatrical commissions have included work for Steppenwolf Theatre and Cleveland Playhouse. As a performer, Chaves has danced with companies including Ballet Concerto of Miami and New York’s Ballet Hispanico. In 2000, he received a Ruth Page Dance Achievement Award for Mission, co-created with Sherry Zunker, Co-Artistic Director Emerita of River North Dance Chicago, in honor of the company’s 10th anniversary. Chaves is an Adjunct Professor of Dance for Western Michigan University.

Intersections Pre-show Discussions: For insight and increased enjoyment of the performances, ticket holders can attend free pre-performance discussions, lead by Artistic Director Frank Chaves of River North Dance Chicago, in The Forum at Pack Place at 7:00 p.m. before both performances.

As part of Diana Wortham Theatre’s ongoing commitment to arts education, River North Dance Chicago will visit a local school to host a master class for young dance students.

River North Dance Chicago’s Asheville performances are presented in partnership with The Art Fryar Charitable Trust Fund. The performances are made possible by Performance Sponsors Michael & Catty Andry and Dr. Richard E. Howell, DDS; and by Mainstage Dance Series Sponsors Wells Fargo, Hedy Fischer & Randy Shull, Tina & John McGuire, and Ronna & Rob Resnick; with additional support from Media Sponsors The Laurel of Asheville and WCQS 88.1 FM.

The Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place is located in the same complex as the Asheville Art Museum and the Colburn Earth Science Museum and is within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in all of Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2012/2013 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Citizen-Times, Creative Energy, Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet-to-go, the North Carolina Arts Council, and Renaissance Asheville Hotel. To obtain more information on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.

To obtain more information on River North Dance Chicago’s March 8 and 9 performances at Diana Wortham Theatre or to purchase tickets (Regular $40; Student $35; Child $15), call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com. Student Rush tickets ($10 for students with valid I.D.) are sold the day of the show, based on availability.

Flamenco at Diana Wortham Theatre February 21-22

Monday, January 7th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – In a fierce and eclectic evening of Spanish dance and music, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana provides passion and drama in its inspiring program La Pasión Flamenca at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place on Thursday and Friday, February 21 and 22, 2013 at

8:00 p.m. Known for the purity of its work and the unique and creative way in which it has enriched the art of flamenco, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana conveys emotions that speak to everyone and transcend cultural boundaries. “Carlota Santana’s company keeps its options open and, with joy in the giving, offers a little something for everybody,” remarks The Village Voice. The company is internationally renowned, having performed in venues including Lincoln Center, The Joyce Theatre, Summerdance in Santa Barbara, Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga in Colombia, South America, and Palacio de Congresos in Granada, Spain.

During the February performances at the Diana Wortham Theatre, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana will perform La Pasión Flamenca, a journey back to the cultural crossroads of Andalusia, the southern region of Spain and the birthplace of flamenco. Dance Magazine calls the show “A theatrically savvy flamenco drama…its drama admirably relayed via the stage presence and acting skills of the…dancers and musicians.” Through the dynamic expression of dance, influences can be seen and heard from Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East.

Artistic director Carlota Santana co-founded the company with Roberto Lorca in 1983 with a vision to actively encourage the creativity and innovation of young artists from both Spain and the U.S. while keeping the company faithful to the powerful traditions of flamenco. Her commitment to creating new works and developing young artists and choreographers to carry on the traditions of flamenco has earned her the title “The Keeper of Flamenco” from Dance Magazine. Under Ms. Santana’s direction the company has expanded its repertory by presenting new music, dramatic works, and a mixture of dance vocabularies, and by integrating Hispanic-American influences. She created the company’s innovative arts-in-education program, integrating Spanish dance and culture with school curricula. She is on the faculty of Duke University, is a recipient of a Choreographer fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council and a member of the North Carolina Dance Alliance.

Intersections Pre-show Discussions: For insight and increased enjoyment of the performances, ticket holders can attend free pre-performance discussions led by Carlota Santana, company founder and artistic director, in The Forum at Pack Place at 7:00 p.m. before both performances.

Intersections Master Class: Dance students of all skill levels are encouraged to attend a Master Class with a Flamenco Vivo dancer on Wednesday, February 20 at 5:30pm on the Diana Wortham Theatre stage. This hands-on workshop includes instruction in rhythmic handclaps (palmas), arm movements (braceo), body posturing, and footwork (taconeo). Cost is $30 and includes a reception at Cúrate in downtown Asheville after the Master Class. For more information or to register, call the DWT Box Office at 828-257-4530.

In addition to its evening performances, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana presents La Pasión Flamenca as part of the 2012/2013 Matinee Series for Students and Families at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 22, 2013. Performances in the Matinee Series are open to school groups, homeschoolers, community groups and families. Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana’s performance is currently sold out. For more information about the Matinee Series for Students and Families, contact Associate Director Rae Geoffrey at (828) 210-9837, or visit www.dwtheatre.com.

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana’s Asheville performances are presented in partnership with The Art Fryar Charitable Trust Fund, and are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. The performances are made possible by Performance Sponsors Kimberly Beavers & Ken Drexel and Michael Witaszek; and by Mainstage Dance Series Sponsors Wells Fargo, Hedy Fischer & Randy Shull, Tina & John McGuire, and Ronna & Rob Resnick; with additional support from Media Sponsors The Laurel of Asheville and WCQS 88.1 FM.

The Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place is located in the same complex as the Asheville Art Museum and the Colburn Earth Science Museum and is within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in all of Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2012/2013 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Citizen-Times, Creative Energy, Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet-to-go, the North Carolina Arts Council, and Renaissance Asheville Hotel. To obtain more information on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.

To obtain more information on Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana’s February 21 and 22 performances at Diana Wortham Theatre or to purchase tickets (Regular $35; Student $30; Child $15), call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com. Student Rush tickets ($10 for students with valid I.D.) are sold the day of the show, based on availability.

 

Asheville’s Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the country’s longest running folk festival, now in its 85th year of highlighting mountain culture, announces the performance line-up for this summer’s festival. The Festival runs for three full evenings, Thursday, August 2 to Saturday, August 4 at the Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville. Tickets are on sale now.

Held 7:00p.m. nightly, the festival formally showcases an amazing repertoire of mountain performers – old-timers as well as the newest generation of bluegrass and mountain string bands, ballad singers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers – who share music and dance that echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage. The festival begins Thursday, August 2 with Hometown Appreciation Night. In keeping with the grassroots flavor of the festival, local families and individuals are encouraged to attend to help kick off the first night of the festival.

Audiences at each of the three performances will see an extensive line-up of the best musicians, ballad singers and dancers; each evening features at least four dance teams from the very young to the young at heart. The popular and long-standing house band the Stoney Creek Boys returns to perform each evening. And each night of the festival features both well-known musicians and new talent alike, representative of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and its continuing traditions.

2012 Mountain Dance and Folk Festival Performance Schedule:

(Note: performers and schedule are subject to change at any time)

Thursday, August 2: Carol Rifkin and Jerry Sutton, Masters of Ceremonies; Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys); George and Brooke Buckner; The Ross Brothers; Zack and Maggie Allen; Dance Team: J Creek Cloggers; Bryan McDowell; Peg Twisters; Don Pedi; Dance Team: Dixie Darlins; Roger Howell & Friends; Paul’s Creek Band; Crooked Pine Band; Dance Team: Southern Mountain Fire Smooth Dancers; Whitewater Bluegrass Company.

Friday, August 3: Laura Boosinger and Kevin Hamlin, Masters of Ceremonies; Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys); Dance Team: Cole Mountain Cloggers; The Waymasters; Sam Adams; Dance Team: Southern Appalachian Cloggers; Paul Crouch; Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition; Dance Team: Southern Mountain Smoke Cloggers; Clearwater Connection; The New Broad River Band; Laura Boosinger; Dance Team: Green Valley Cloggers; David Holt – Special Tribute to Doc Watson.

Saturday, August 4: Richard Hurley and Glenn Bannerman, Masters of Ceremonies; Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys); Dance Team: Mountain Tradition Cloggers; Betty Smith; The Cockman Family; The Hollifields; Dance Team: Appalachian Mountaineers; Bryce Parham & Kathryn Brickey; Appalachian Heroes; Dance Team: Bannerman Family; Dance Team: Stoney Creek Cloggers; Richard Hurley; Trantham Family; Dance Team: Southern Mountain Fire Cloggers; Bearwallow.

Parking:  Festival patrons can park off-street, at the parking garage on Biltmore Avenue – which also provides wheelchair access to the Festival – or at the various parking garages located throughout downtown Asheville.

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival is presented by Asheville’s Folk Heritage Committee which also produces its sister event, Shindig on the Green, a free gathering held each year at Pack Square Park at Roger McGuire Green on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, with a stage show and informal jam sessions on Saturday evenings – June 30; July 7, 14, 21; August 11, 18, 25; and September 1. Both events rely on the generosity and shared talent of the region’s finest old-time musicians and mountain dancers.

The Folk Heritage Committee’s mission is to produce Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The Folk Heritage Committee produces the 46th Annual Shindig on the Green and the 85th annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival with support from the following Corporate Sponsors: Able Rent-A-John; Acoustic Sound Production; Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn; Biltmore®; BlackBird Frame & Art; Caleb Smith Guitars; Earth Fare; Elly Wells Marketing + Project Management; Emmet Carney, Attorney at Law; Fox Dental Associates; Graybeard Graphics; Harmony Motors; Henco Reprographics; Jack of Hearts Pub & Restaurant; Jack of the Wood; Laughing Seed Café; Luella’s Bar-B-Que; Mangum Pottery; Mast General Store; Mission Health; Okie Dokies Smokehouse; Parsec Financial; RomanticAsheville.com Vacation Guide; Sam’s Club; Taylor RanchFest & Pink Corn Maze 2012; Tops For Shoes; and Town Hardware & General Store. Media Sponsors are: 880 AM The Revolution; 88.7 FM WNCW; 99.9 FM Kiss Country; The Laurel of Asheville; News Radio 570 WWNC; Smoky Mountain News; Smoky Mountain Living; and WNC magazine. Ongoing support of Shindig on the Green is provided by Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Asheville, and Buncombe County.

Ticket Information: Tickets (Regular $20; Children 12 and under $10; 3 night package $54) for the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival are available from the Diana Wortham Theatre box office: (828) 257-4530 or online at www.dwtheatre.com.  For more information on the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival or Shindig on the Green, visit www.folkheritage.org or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: (828) 258-6101 x345.

LEAF Lake Eden Arts Festival 2012

Friday, May 11th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – WHAT: LEAF | Lake Eden Arts Festival
WHEN: May 10-13, 2012
WHERE: at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC.

LEAF Celebrates the Blues with Their 34th Festival Performing Arts Lineup

LEAF is excited to Celebrate the Blues at Spring LEAF 2012, taking place May 10-13, 2012 in Black Mountain, NC. Headlining the 34th twice-annual festival are blues legend Taj Mahal, afrobeat progeny Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, and New Orleans institution Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In addition to Taj Mahal, several other artists will be helping to celebrate blues traditions (with support in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. Art Works), including The Wood Brothers, Corey Harris & The Rasta Blues Experience, David Bromberg, Gaye Adegbalola (formerly with Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women), The Shane Pruitt Band and Music Maker Relief Foundation artists Captain Luke and Cool John Ferguson.

From the dark, smoky clubs of Chicago & St. Louis, all the way down through the Hill Country and into the bayous of the Deep South, you’ll be introduced to an sampling of Blues artists, intermingled with the diversity of cultural names and faces you’ve come to love at LEAF – The Golden Dragon Acrobats (China), Sarazino(Ecuador), The Nuala Kennedy Band (Ireland), and Msafiri Zawose (Tanzania). Rounding out the top of the lineup are dance-pop-meets-afrobeat sensations Rubblebucket, bhangra funk masters Red Baraat, North Carolina folkies The Red Clay Ramblers, Americana up-and comers The Black Lillies, and world-renowned DJ King Britt presenting his Sister Gertrude Morgan multimedia experience.

This lineup is the soundtrack to a diverse weekend festival experience that also includes a juried art show; over 50 free healing arts workshops; a dance hall with plenty of contra, salsa, swing, and professional instruction; outdoor adventures with camping and lake activities; the LEAFlet Kids Village, with two stages and an extraordinary amount of activities; a Poetry Slam with $1000+ in prize money; great food, plenty of vendors, and much more. LEAF’s Blue Ridge Mountain setting is spectacular, and the event is truly magical. LEAF is a family and friend tradition that “recharges our batteries” twice a year.

New to LEAF this May is “HayMow – A Raised Art Experience”. HayMow, in the historic Black Mountain College Barns, will feature four visual outsider artists who will showcase and sell their works of “Uncommon Art,” conduct workshops, and hold conversations with the underlying philosophy of folklore as action. This spring’s first league of HayMow artists features Lamar Sorrento of Memphis, who will be honoring Robert Johnson’s 100th birthday celebration, as part of LEAF’s Blues focus.

LEAF is a non-profit organization established to build community and enrich lives through the Arts – locally and globally – with festivals, community events, and arts in education programs. LEAF’s mission is Connecting Cultures & Creating Community Through Music & Arts. LEAF’s three branches include the twice-a-year festival, LEAF in Schools & Streets, and LEAF International.

Rennie Harris Puremovement at Diana Wortham Theatre

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The pre-eminent hip hop dance company in the world. Puremovement is pure, contagious stage magic, a celebration of life, or as The Village Voice describes their show: “Hip hop dance to a higher power, in both the mathematical and the metaphysical senses.” Under Harris’s artistic direction, Puremovement’s virtuosic dancers stretch brilliant street moves to high art in works that beat with meaning and delight. This company is the international ambassador of hip-hop dance, delivering the true essence and spirit of hip hop, rather than commercially exploited stereotypes. Book your seats early for this remarkable and powerful group – and don’t miss the chance to bring your teens and their friends with you.

Click here for a feature article about Rennie Harris Puremovement in the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Click here to read the Mountain Xpress‘s write-up about Rennie Harris Puremovement.

We love this video of Dinita “Princess Di” Askew freestyling various hip-hop and funk styles – check it out!

Read New York Times review about Rennie Harris with Alvin Ailey

February 23 & 24, 2012 • 8:00 p.m.

Tickets: Regular $40, Student $35, Child $12
Groups of 10-19: $37 each
Groups of 20 or more: $35 each

The Nutcracker Mouse King at Diana Wortham Theatre

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Expect the brilliantly unexpected from Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre‘s second annual performance of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King December 2 and 3 at 7:30 pm at Asheville‘s Diana Wortham Theatre. ACDT shocked and surprised audiences last year with their original version of The Nutcracker. Though The Nutcracker might be the world’s most famous ballet, if it is being performed by ACDT you can guarantee it is something you haven’t seen before. This version couldn’t be further from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet. It is based on the original and much darker story written in 1816 by German author E.T.A. Hoffmann.

This year’s performance features special guest artist Roger Henry Pech of Merida, Mexico, as well as the ACDT adult company, White Dog ProjectX International, and the students of New Studio of Dance. With typical ACDT flair, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King will again prove to be a wonderful Christmas story full of adventure, courage and loyalty where love comes alive in a spectacular modern dance experience.

Tickets: Adults $25 • Children, Students & Seniors $20

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UNC Asheville Dance Program Hosts Benefit Performance, “Everybody Can-Can”

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville’s Dance Program will host its 14th annual benefit performance, “Everybody Can-Can,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Admission at the door is $5 or four cans of food. All canned goods will be donated to Manna Food Bank and cash proceeds will benefit UNC Asheville’s Dance Program.

The performance will feature more than 70 dancers from the university and the community performing in a wide variety of genres, including contemporary, Middle Eastern, ballet, and jazz. The evening showcases the rich variety of dance at UNC Asheville in technique, composition and repertory. In addition to the work of faculty and students, the program will feature the work of two area dance artists, Lisa Zahiya and Tonia Freeman. The performance is suitable for all ages.

For more information, call Connie Schrader, UNC Asheville Health and Wellness Department lecturer, at 828.232.5652.

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