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NC Dance Festival Announces 2016-17 Season Artists and NCDA/NCDF New Works Award


The NC Dance Festival (NCDF) announces the featured artists and dates for the Festival’s 26th season, kicking off in September 2016!

Each year, the NC Dance Festival, a program coordinated by Greensboro-based Dance Project, brings professional modern and contemporary dance choreography from NC artists to audiences across the state. A panel of NCDF adjudicators selects 5 NC-based professional choreographers through a blind adjudication process to participate in the annual NCDF statewide tour.

The artists selected for 2016 are:

Renay Aumiller Dances (Durham)

E.E. Balcos (Charlotte)

Lindsey Kelley Brewer (Asheville)

Kristi Vincent Johnson (Durham)

Eric Mullis (Charlotte)

Season Performance Dates:

Raleigh * September 23, 2016

Boone * October 28-29, 2016

Greensboro * November 12, 2016

Local artists from each of these cities will perform in concert with the touring choreographers, and the visiting choreographers will teach and perform throughout the communities associated with each Festival weekend. Get to know these artists through our series of outreach activities, including pre- and post-show talks, free community artist talks, and more.
New initiative: In an effort to support the creation of new choreography by NC artists, the NCDF is partnering with the NC Dance Alliance (NCDA) to offer the NCDA/NCDF New Works Award. This year’s inaugural New Works artist is Sarah Council of Charlotte. Council’s work in progress “Dislocate,” inspired by the experiences of international refugee families relocated to Charlotte, will be presented for feedback and development at the NCDA Dance Swap in Raleigh on April 3. The finished work will premiere at the Raleigh NC Dance Festival performance in September.

As the season approaches, more details about all classes, events, and performances will be announced and can be found at

Bios of NCDF 2016-17 Touring Artists

Renay Aumiller Dances: Founded in 2012, RAD | Renay Aumiller Dances has quickly gained momentum in North Carolina through thought-provoking performances displaying keen wit and fluid physicality. The company is based in Durham, NC and is comprised of professional dancers from the area known for their technical and creative capacities. They have performed at the American Dance Festival (Durham, NC), WAXworks (Brooklyn, NY), the North Carolina Dance Festival, several regional festivals, and three self-produced performances in traditional and alternative venues. To stay up to date on the company’s performance schedule or to inquire about booking, please visit:

E.E. Balcos is a professional dancer, choreographer, and contact improviser from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has performed nationally and internationally with successful modern dance companies and his own choreography has been presented across the country. His work has also had support from the Arts & Science Council. This season marks his 5th season as a touring artist with NCDF since 2006. Balcos is an Associate Professor of Dance at the UNC Charlotte.  He has also taught dance at UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, Charlotte Ballet, Charlotte New Music Festival, and Open Door Studios. He has a B.A. in Music and an M.F.A. in Choreography.

Lindsey Kelley Brewer is the artistic director of Lindsey Kelley Dance, a modern dance company based in Asheville, NC. She received early dance training with the Northwest Florida Ballet Company and received a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of South Florida in 2007.  While living in NYC, Lindsey performed with Contemporary Dance Theatre, Michiyo and Dancers, Naganuma Dance, The Human Institution, Steps on Broadway’s Repertory Ensemble, and presented work at Food for Thought/Danspace Project, PMT Dance Festival and Triskelion Arts Festival. Her choreography has also been presented at the American Dance Festival, Asheville Fringe Festival, Goucher College, Greensboro Fringe Festival, Meredith College, North Carolina Dance Festival, ReHappening and the University of North Carolina Asheville. Lindsey is currently a modern and ballet dance educator throughout Asheville.  For more information, please visit

Kristi Vincent Johnson, a Louisiana native, is a performer, choreographer, educator, and community builder.  Kristi has served on the dance faculties of Louisiana State University, Texas Christian University, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and Jacksonville University. Committed to teaching excellence, she was named the National Dance Association’s College/University Dance Educator of the Year in 2013. Kristi Vincent Johnson received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University and was the recipient of the 2014 American Dance Festival’s Charles “Chuck” Davis full scholarship. Presently, Kristi Vincent Johnson is on the dance faculty at North Carolina Central University, the founder of The Triangle Dance Project and the artistic director of TRANSLATIONS, a project-based company for dance.

Eric Mullis has studied with Jesse Zarritt and Ishmael-Houston Jones, gaga technique in Tel-Aviv, Tai chi and Chinese martial arts in the United States, Beijing and Taiwan, and is currently enrolled in the Dance MFA program at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.  He regularly accompanies dance classes at American Dance Festival and at the Charlotte Ballet and is a Professor of Philosophy at Queens University of Charlotte. He has published essays on dance performance in Dance Research Journal, Contemporary Aesthetics, and the International Journal of Performing Arts and Digital Media.  []

NCDA/NCDF New Works Award Artist: Sarah Council is the artistic director of Sarah Council Dance Projects (SCDP). SCDP has performed and taught extensively throughout New York City and the east coast region. SCDP has been presented at NYC venues such as The Green Building, The 92nd St. Y, The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, The Flea Theater, The Secret Theater, The LABA Theater, The Riverside Theatre, Green Space, Triskelion Arts, Topaz Arts among others and also at Dance Place (DC), The Jack Guidone Theater (DC), Franklin Marshall University (PA),Glema Mahr Center for the Arts (KY) and Jacksonville Episcopal School (FL). SCDP has received support from the Queens Council on the Arts, The Puffin Foundation and The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

About NCDF: The NC Dance Festival, a production of the Dance Project, is an annual touring showcase of modern and contemporary choreography by NC artists. Dance Project, Inc., founded by Jan Van Dyke and now directed by Anne Morris and Lauren Joyner, is a non-profit organization that has been operating in North Carolina since 1989, coordinating the NC Dance Festival, running a community studio, the School at City Arts, and managing the Van Dyke Dance Group.  The Festival establishes a network of venues for professional regional choreography and performance, expanding accessibility of dance throughout the state while raising the profile of North Carolina’s own artists. We hope to create a stronger community for dance as we contribute to a community that is stronger because of dance. The North Carolina Dance Festival has been supported by state and local arts councils as well as local and national foundations and individual donations. For more information, please visit our website (

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