The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is partnering with Wake Forest Arts to present the inaugural Wake Forest Dance Festivalon Saturday, Sept. 30, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.
This free event will feature national and regional professional dancers from the Wake Forest dance community and beyond, including Greensboro’s Theatre of Movement, Durham’s Gaspard & Dancers and Renay Aumiller Dances, and Charlotte’s Movement Migration. Several former dancers with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Carolina Ballet will also participate.The event will also showcase local rising advanced dance performers from Dance Attic, Destiny Dance Institute, Franklin Academy, Get in 5th Productions, Wake Forest Academy of Fine Arts, and Meredith College.
The Sept. 30 festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with an educational “Technical Rehearsal,” followed by the “Tour in Motion” from 1-4 p.m.
During the day, mini dance performances, showcasing various dance styles, will take place in select areas of Joyner Park.Genres will include classical ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz and world.
The event will culminatewith the “Festival Concert” from 5-6:30 p.m. The staged performance will include a presentation of the iconic and celebrated solo “Lamentation.” Choreographed by Martha Graham, the dance will be performed by guest artist Miki Orihara. The Festival will also feature “Serenata Morisca” a solo choreographed in 1916 by the modern dance pioneer Ted Shaw, which will be performed by Masha Dashkina Maddux.
The Wake Forest Dance Festival will pay tribute to long-time Wake Forest dance instructor Elizabeth “Betty” Hunt Holding and her dance legacy. Having studied ballet under famed Russian choreographer George Balanchine and performed with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Holding arrived in Wake Forest in the 1940s. She opened Wake Forest’s most historic dance studio, The Holding School of Dance, in her home where she taught dance to students for more than 30 years until her death in 2007. Continuing the legacy of her great grandmother, Millie Kerr will perform to celebrate the lineage of dance of the Holding family and the Wake Forest dance community.
For more information about the Wake Forest Dance Festival, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “dance festival” or contact Wake Forest Arts’ Pamela Stevens at email@example.com.