September 30th, 2017
September 30th, 2017
Wake Forest Dance Festival is an inaugural event, presented by Wake Forest Arts in partnership with the Town of Wake Forest, which will bring a day of dance to the Triangle in an outdoor setting. The Festival is a one day, free and open to the public family friendly event, scheduled on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at beautiful E. Carroll Joyner Park. The event will feature national and regional professional dancers, along with local rising advanced dance performers.
The 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.
Festival attendees should adhere to Joyner Park rules when attending the event, which include no alcohol or personal grills and pets must be kept on a leash. We encourage visitors to bring lawn chairs, blankets and their own food or picnic, as no food vendors will be at the park that day.
Wake Forest Dance Festival is a premiere event, directed by local resident and professional dancer, Mariya “Masha” Dashkina Maddux, former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York.
“The vision for the Wake Forest Dance Festival is to bring a day of dance to our community in an outdoor setting. Whether rekindling an existing passion or sparking a new found interest in this remarkable art form, through dance, we hope to bring the community together for a day of performances, new experiences, making memories with neighbors and new friends, and gaining a deeper understanding of the art of expression through movement and its historical significance.”
Masha Dashkina Maddux
The Wake Forest Dance Festival begins with an educational Technical Rehearsal in the morning. During the day, mini dance performances, showcasing various dance styles, will take place in select areas of Joyner Park culminating with a staged performance in the early evening. The festival will feature regional and national professional dancers along with the dance department of Meredith College and local rising advanced dance students from Destiny Dance Institute, Wake Forest Academy of Fine Arts, Dance Attic, Franklin Academy and Get in 5th Productions.