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Dance Professor Provides Free Workshops in Local Public Schools

Audrey Baran brings special classes to high school dance students.
   September 23, 2020

Each week, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Audrey Baran logs into Zoom from Robinson dance studio 115 to give public school dance students a special opportunity. Working with local dance teachers, and aided by current UNC Charlotte dance students, she teaches jazz or modern dance techniques to classes of homebound teenagers. By the end of October, she will have given more than 25 classes...

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Dance Professor in Documentary About Jazz Dance History

Karen Hubbard is one of the “experts” interviewed in Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance.
   September 17, 2020

A new documentary about the history of jazz dance features Associate Professor of Dance Karen Hubbard among its contributors. Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance has garnered awards and positive reviews since its premiere in July, including Best Musical Documentary in the Rhode Island International Film Festival and Best of...

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Dance Professor's Article Explores Teaching Odissi in the Western World

Kaustavi Sarkar's article appears in Dance Education in Practice.
   September 5, 2020

An article by Assistant Professor of Dance Kaustavi Sarkar appears in the current issue of Dance Education in Practice, a journal for dance educators that publishes four times a year. In the article, "Indian Classical Dance Education in Diaspora," Sarkar reflects on her experiences teaching Odissi in the United States within both South Asian diasporic communities and American academic...

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Visiting Professor/Alum Publishes in Journal of Dance Education

Audrey Baran's article offers ways to blend meditative and physically rigorous dance practices.
   July 7, 2020

Audrey Baran, visiting assistant professor of dance and an alumna of UNC Charlotte (B.A. Dance, 2003), has published an article in the Journal of Dance Education. The article, "Sneaking Meditation," offers practical and experiential methods of incorporating meditative practices into...

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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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