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Dance Faculty and Students Present at NCDEO

The conference theme was "Technology, Assessment, & Artistry in Dance."
   March 2, 2020

UNC Charlotte Dance faculty and students participated in the 2020 North Carolina Dance Education Organization (NCDEO) conference, Technology, Assessment, & Artistry in Dance, held Saturday, February 22,  at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte.  The event also attracted alumni of the dance program, many of them now dance educators in North Carolina public schools.

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Ailey Dancer Hope Boykin Gives Masterclass

A dancer from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gave a masterclass to UNC Charlotte dance students.
   February 27, 2020

More than 30 dance students were treated to a rigorous but thrilling masterclass by Hope Boykin on Wednesday, February 26. Boykin, a native of Durham, North Carolina, is a longtime member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The revered modern dance company, founded by Alvin Ailey more than 60 years ago, performed two programs in Charlotte presented by the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (...

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Department of Dance Wins NEA Grant

Dr. Kaustavi Sarkar is the Principal Investigator on a 2020-2021 Art Works grant.
   January 20, 2020

The Department of Dance has been awarded a 2020-2021 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) “Art Works” grant. The $10,000 grant will support the project “Indian Dance and American Communities: Expanding Forms and Audiences.” Dr. Kaustavi Sarkar, assistant professor of dance, is the principal investigator.

With the grant, the...

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Dance Students to Perform at North Carolina Museum of Art

Students will perform Delia Neil's "Frida's Faces" on January 12.
   December 11, 2019

Students from the Department of Dance will perform Frida's Faces at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh on Sunday, January 12. The performances will take place in conjunction with the exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, on view at the museum through January 19.

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Dance and Community Students Teach at Aldersgate Retirement Community

Assistant Professor of Dance leads students in weekly classes at Aldersgate Retirement Community
   December 11, 2019

For the second year, the Department of Dance offered a Dance and Community class taught by Assistant Professor of Dance Tamara Williams. Last year, students had the opportunity to teach weekly classes at Camino Community Center and this semester, students taught at Aldersgate, a nonprofit retirement community in Charlotte, NC.

Williams created this Dance and Community course to teach...

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Dance Concert Features April 30 Remembrance and Tributes to Freddie Mercury and Frida Kahlo

Students perform four works choreographed by faculty, Nov. 14-17.
   October 29, 2019

The Department of Dance will present its Fall Concert November 14-17, featuring four works choreographed by faculty and performed by students. Among the pieces on the program is a reflection, through contemporary dance, on the shooting that occurred at UNC Charlotte on April 30, 2019.

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Dance Students Perform with Los Angeles Troupe at Blumenthal PAC

UNC Charlotte dance students will perform with CONTRA-TIEMPO at Booth Playhouse.
   October 10, 2019

Students in Assistant Professor of Dance Tamara Williams's Afro-Brazilian dance class performed with the Los Angeles-based troupe CONTRA-TIEMPO on November 7-9 at the Booth Playhouse in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in uptown Charlotte. 

Founded in 2005, CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater is comprised of...

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Dance Professor Named CxC Faculty Fellow

Gretchen Alterowitz is a 2019-20 Communication Across the Curriculum Fellow.
   September 26, 2019

Associate Professor of Dance Gretchen Alterowitz has been named a 2019-20 CxC Faculty Fellow in the Communication Across the Curriculum office. She is one of two new fellows selected through a competitive nomination and application process.

Since 2012, when the Department of Dance became a pilot department for Communication Across the...

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Dance Alum Has Lead in "Peter Pan"

Dance alumna Renee Welsh Noel is in the Children's Theatre of Charlotte Production.
   September 16, 2019

Alumna Renee Welsh Noel, who graduated with a degree in dance in 2016, will play the lead role in the Children's Theatre of Charlotte production of Peter Pan. The show runs October 4 through November 3 at the McColl Family Theatre in uptown Charlotte.

Welsh Noel teaches modern, jazz, and tap dance at the Charlotte School of Ballet and is also a teaching artist at...

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Dance Professor Wins Atkins Library Faculty Engagement Award

Dr. Kaustavi Sarkar is the recipient of the 2019 J. Murray Atkins Library Faculty Engagement Award.
   September 3, 2019

Dr. Kaustavi Sarkar, assistant professor of dance, has won the 2019 J. Murrey Atkins Library Faculty Engagement AwardEach fall, the Atkins Library Faculty Engagement Award is presented to a UNC Charlotte faculty member who has engaged in innovative or exceptional work with library collections, programs, and...

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