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Re: “Planks go flying at the North Carolina Dance Festival

Likewise, the local selection of work for NCDF is based on the artist, not the work. The stratum of regional, semi-professional dance is vast in this state, and necessary to move our art form forward. Not unlike regional theater companies. The choreographers and performers who belong to this stratum are working hard to create art that inspires, challenges, and entertains audiences at a reasonable ticket price. The NCDF touring artists and local artists come largely from this pool. they should not only be seen, but also celebrated, encouraged, and funded. If the local media wants the bar raised, encouraging art NOT to be made seems contraindicated. To a large degree, community support comes from beyond the auditorium seat. The Triangle community knows plenty about regional theater companies though this and other local media. The result is that those who pay attention to theater ride out the good and the not so good throughout the season based on frequent coverage, continuing their support for the form in spite of a less than stellar performance here and there. Support does not hinge on a few paragraphs per year. What is the effect on local support for regional semi-professional dance to read about it only occasionally? The NCDF, NC Dance Alliance, and other organizations struggle to support regional, semi-professional dance with meager funds. But recent initiatives prove their commitment. In the last year, changes in NCDF touring artist selection, the creation of the NCDA Choreographers Fellowship, the Meredith College Affiliate Artist Program, and other initiatives in the state have been established to support higher quality in regional dance. The NC Arts Council, local arts councils, and The Field NC continue to support regional artists as well. That tells us something: Regional choreographers and performers - you have support dare to make the work you want, and by all means perform it on stage!

Posted by Regional Dance Supporter on 02/02/2007 at 11:40 AM

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