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North Carolina Dance Theatre Announces Pre-Audition Information Session and Audition Dates for new Community Outreach Dance Program 

Free Dance Program for Children Ages 8 to 10
 
Charlotte, N.C. – North Carolina Dance Theatre announces the pre-audition information sessions and audition dates for the inaugural 2009-2010 Community Outreach Dance Program. The pre-audition sessions will provide valuable information to students and parents about the program and the audition process.
 
Selection for the Community Outreach Dance Program will be determined by audition, financial need and family commitment to the program. No prior dance experience is required. NC Dance Theatre President & Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Director of Education and Outreach April Berry and program teaching artists will make up the audition panel. Up to 30 students may be selected at each location. 
 
The new Community Outreach Dance Program will provide free, accessible, high quality dance instruction and performance opportunities to 120 children, ages 8 to 10, in four geographically diverse areas of the county. Participants and their parents will also have access to Dance Theatre’s professional dance performances. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is partnering with Dance Theatre to promote the program and to provide sites for the classes at several recreation centers. The program is supported by a generous donation of $78,000 from the Women’s Impact Fund (WIF) and is sponsored by Piedmont Natural Gas. 
 
“North Carolina Dance Theatre recognized that underserved children in our community have little access to dance,” said President & Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. “Through WIF’s support, our new Community Outreach Dance Program will provide children with an opportunity to study dance and experience its many benefits.”
 
Community Outreach Dance Program classes begin September 21, 2009. For more information contact Director of Education and Outreach April Berry at 704.372.0101 x109 or aberry@ncdance.org.


Pre-audition information session and audition dates:

  • Albemarle Road Recreation Center (East)
    5027 Idlewild Road N.
    Charlotte, NC 28227
    Pre-Audition Information Sessions: Friday, August 21, 2009: 7-8 p.m. 
    Audition: Saturday, August 29, 2009: 10-11:15 a.m.
  • Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center (West)
    2921 Tuckaseegee Road
    Charlotte, NC 28208
    Pre-Audition Information Sessions: Wednesday, August 19, 2009: 6-7 p.m. (Multi-Purpose RM)
    Audition: Saturday, August 29, 2009: 4-5:15 p.m. (HWW RM)
  • Naomi Drenan Recreation Center (South)
    750 Beal St.
    Charlotte, NC 28211
    Pre-Audition Information Sessions: Thursday, August 20, 2009: 7–8 p.m.
    Audition: Saturday, August 29, 2009: 12-1:15 p.m.
  • Greenville Recreation Center  (Central)
    1330 Spring St.
    Charlotte, NC 28206
    Pre-Audition Information Sessions: Thursday, August 20, 2009: 5-6 p.m.
    Audition: Saturday, August 29, 2009: 2-3:15 p.m.
     

Contact:
Logan McSwain
Communications Manager
704.372.0101 x107
lmcswain@ncdance.org
 



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