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Article Published: Oct. 17, 2012 | Modified: Oct. 28, 2012
Shall We Dance?

Ali Fruit is among the ASU dance students performing in the North Carolina Dance Festival Oct. 25-27.

Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance welcomes the return of the North Carolina Dance Festival (NCDF) for its 2012 tour.

Performances are Oct. 25 to 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the state-of-the-art Valborg Theatre. The event will showcase eight professional dance companies, along with two student choreographed pieces and one faculty work. Appalachian is NCDF’s second stop on its five-city 2012 tour. Performances feature festival founder Jan Van Dyke and other nationally acclaimed dance artists for a three-night celebration of statewide talent.

Originating at UNC-Greensboro in 1991 as a part of the North Carolina Dance Project, the NCDF strives to expose different parts of the state to dance performances and creates a vibrant community of dancers and choreographers.Unique to the Valborg venue, NCDF will also feature dance pieces performed and choreographed by Appalachian students Hadiya Wharton and Bethany Berryessa, along with faculty member Susan Lutz.

An associate professor of dance studies, Lutz said she is delighted to have NCDF on the Valborg stage for a 17th consecutive year.

“It’s really a great opportunity for our students to network with professional dancers from North Carolina,” Lutz said. “Very often, our graduates end up coming back with professional companies to perform at their alma mater.”

The work of professional photographer Steve Clarke, who is known for his ability to capture the beauty of dance movement, will be featured in a lobby exhibition in the Valborg Theatre the entire week of the dance festival.

Ticket are available in person at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., by phone at (828) 262-3063 and online at Prices are $8 for students and youth (ages 6-18), $13 for faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $15 for adults.

The Valborg Theatre is located on the north side of Chapell Wilson Hall on Howard Street. The door faces the back of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on King Street. Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty lots and in the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons.

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Ali Fruit is among the ASU dance students performing in the North Carolina Dance Festival Oct. 25-27.

ASU dance student Becca Jones will perform with the North Carolina Dance Festival.

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