North Carolina Dance Alliance Celebrates 30 Years at Annual Event

Two Dance Artists to Be Honored with State’s Leading Dance Awards

The North Carolina Dance Alliance (NCDA) is celebrating 30 years of serving and supporting the development of dance in North Carolina at its Annual Event on October 20-21, 2012. “Moving Forward, Looking Back” is the theme for at this year’s Annual Event, featuring over 30 different classes in a variety of dance forms, scholarship auditions, the annual NCDA Choreographers Showcase and Annual Award Presentation, a 30th Anniversary Gala, and an adjudicated performance featuring works by North Carolina dance students. This year’s Annual Event will be held at the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (UNCG). Registration will be available on site at the event. For more information about the Annual Event, visit the NCDA website.

“We are honored to be celebrating 30 years of serving the dance community of North Carolina,” said Christine Kiernan Fisher, NCDA board president. “The NCDA has been a catalyst for the strength and proof of stability of dance in our state by providing programs and services for professional dance companies, artists, students and educators.”

The state’s two prestigious annual dance awards will be presented at the NCDA Annual Event. The 2012 NCDA Annual Award recipient is Alyson Colwell-Waber of Raleigh and the 2012 NCDA Choreography Fellowship recipient is Natalie Marrone of Chapel Hill. The NCDA Annual Award honors an individual who has made significant lifetime contributions to the growth and development of dance in North Carolina. Recipients of the Annual Award receive a $500.00 honorarium to be used toward their work, or to designate as a one-time scholarship in their name. The NCDA Choreography Fellowship is awarded to North Carolina choreographers to support the creation and performance of new work. Fellowship recipients receive a stipend of up to $1,000 to cover the cost of a new work, from inception to premiere performance at the NCDA Annual Event.

Alyson Colwell-Waber, the 2012 NCDA Annual Award recipient, has been a strong presence in the NC dance community since joining the faculty of Meredith College in 1984. There, she developed the school’s dance program and founded Meredith Dance Theatre. Alyson earned her MFA in dance at Arizona State University and has trained with Hanya Holm, Daniel Nagrin, Clay Taliaferro, Betty Jones, Liz Lerman, and Douglas Nielsen. As a performing artist, Alyson performed several solo and duet concerts including Soloflight, an evening of solos by Jack Arnold, Liz Lerman, Mark Taylor, and Jan Van Dyke. She’s received two Dance Artist Project Grants from the NC Arts Council, a Raleigh Arts Commission Emerging Artist Award, and a Perry Artistic Achievement Award. Alyson served as board member, officer, and President of NC Dance Alliance from 1989-1994 and more recently, as a board member for Raleigh Dance Theatre and Even Exchange Dance Theater.

Natalie Marrone, the 2012 NCDA Choreography Fellowship recipient, received her MFA in choreography from The Ohio State University in 1998, where she also created the Dance Cure to showcase her choreographic fusion of Italian folk traditions and contemporary dance. Her choreography and research have been featured in national commercials, live television events and presented throughout the USA, Italy and Taiwan. Marrone’s research and choreography has been presented both nationally and internationally by the North Carolina Dance Festival, the international Congress on Research in Dance, the National Dance Educators Organization, The Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Italian Folk Art Federation, The World Dance Alliance, The American Italian Historical Association and Ohio Dance. She has served on faculty for ten years in higher education dance programs and as a guest choreographer and master teacher all over the United States for several universities, public schools, national commercials, live television and professional academies. She currently serves on faculty at Elon University and Meredith College.

Dance work by Ms. Marrone, as well as Sarah Wildes Arnett, Virginia Freeman Dupont, Ashley Lindsey, Heather Tatreau and Sara Ruth Tourek will be showcased in the NCDA Choreographers Showcase during the NCDA’s Annual Event. For the full event schedule, registration and other event information, visit

This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, and by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and the Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation. This project is sponsored by the Duke University Dance Program.

About the North Carolina Dance Alliance

The North Carolina Dance Alliance (NCDA) is the nonprofit state service organization established in 1982 to serve and support the development of dance in North Carolina. NCDA offers programs and services that address the changing needs of the state’s dance community, including events, awards, scholarships, communications, and artist services. For more information, visit


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