September 29th, 2018
September 29th, 2018
Presented by Wake Forest Arts in partnership with the Town of Wake Forest, the second season of the Wake Forest Dance Festival 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 29, 2018 at beautiful E. Carroll Joyner Park. The event will feature regional, national and international professional dancers, along with local rising advanced dance performers.
This year the event will pay tribute to the American Dance Festival based in Durham, NC. Heralded as “One of the nation’s most important institutions” by the New York Times and as “The world’s greatest dance festival” by the New York Post, the American Dance Festival’s sustained record of creative achievement is indivisible from the history of modern dance. Since 1934, ADF has remained committed to serving the needs of dance, dancers, choreographers, and professionals in dance-related fields.
With ADF being such an integral part of the dance community here in North Carolina we will celebrate its contribution to the art of dance for over 84 years around the world, 40 years here in our North Carolina, and highlight ADF’s incredible lineage of dance history showcasing a diversity of genres, performers, choreographers and music.
Wake Forest Dance Festival is directed by local resident and professional dancer, Mariya “Masha” Dashkina Maddux, former principal dancer with the famed Martha Graham Dance Company in New York.
The mission of the Wake Forest Dance Festival is to bring dance to the community and the community together through the art of dance. The annual free all day event presents works by contemporary national and international choreographers, along with works of historical significance of American Classical and Modern Dance, while featuring international, national and regional artists along with local advanced rising students. The Festival strives to: enhance and nurture local dance students’ artistic education; offer unique opportunities for audiences to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for a variety of styles of dance; increase cultural offerings available for residents and visitors of the Triangle area while making the Town of Wake Forest a destination for dance.
“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, Festival Director
Newman Family Foundation
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