Mission: To provide artistically excellent programming to diverse audiences in its home city of charlotte, the southeast region, and to the varied communities it serves while on tour across the nation. Nc dance theatre has received critical recognition nationally for excellence in programming, education and outreach, and dance training.
Programs: In 2012-13, north carolina dance theatre showcased the talent of 16 first company dancers, 6 dancers of the organization's second company (ncdt2), and 14 school of dance trainees and apprentices during performances in charlotte, nc. We opened our 2012-13 season in october at the knight theater with limitless, a repertory series featuring both classical and contemporary ballets by artistic director jean-pierre bonnefoux, associate artistic director sasha janes and resident choreographer dwight rhoden. In december, bonnefoux's annual nutcracker was presented at the belk theater with live music by the charlotte symphony orchestra. In january and february 2013, ncdt presented the 15th year of its signature contemporary ballet series, innovative works, presented at the 200-seat 701 n. Tryon theater, giving audiences the unparalleled experience of contemporary ballet performed in a highly-intimate setting. In march 2013, ncdt returned to the knight theater for a new production of bonnefoux's peter pan. Dance theatre successfully secured private donations to build this new production (last performed by the company in 2004), with extravagant new costumes, sets and other production elements. Along with nutcracker, peter pan was presented as part of the 2012-13 matinee magic series - a key component of ncdt's commitment to offering annual programming that engages young patrons and their families. In april the company presented the closing performances of the season: the repertory series contemporary fusion, featuring the return of both "the golden section" by twyla tharp and "rhapsodic dances" by sasha janes; as well as "l'heure bleue," a new work by czech choreographer jiri bubenicek. North carolina dance theatre conducted extensive outreach and education programming in 2012-13. Ncdt reach! , in its 4th year as the organization's flagship outreach program, offered no-cost dance instruction, transportation, dancewear, ballet tickets and performance opportunities to 73 low-income children (out of 96 who auditioned) in four community centers in diverse geographic areas of the county. Dance theatre also offered community performances; behind-the-scenes tours; after-school dance programs; summer enrichment programs; senior dress rehearsals; the dance for pd program, which utilizes dance and movement to serve parkinson's disease patients; curriculum-based arts education through in-classroom programming; dance-a-story workshops; lecture-demonstrations; professional development for educators; and trips to see dance theatre performances in the theatre. In total, outreach and education programming served 27,379 throughout the season. The north carolina dance theatre school of dance offers classes for ages 2 months - adult and is the only dance school in north carolina affiliated with a professional dance company. From summer 2012 through summer 2013 the school of dance enrolled over 1,000 students, providing high-quality dance training for ages 3 - adult. Students conducted a diverse array of performances at the center for dance and in the charlotte community throughout the year, and 120 of them performed alongside the professional company in nutcracker and peter pan. In june and july 2013, dance theatre hosted students from across the nation who came to charlotte to train in the school's prestigious summer intensive program. The school continues to grow, expanding the 2012-13 school of dance curriculum; opening a new satellite class location at the tom sykes recreation center in the dilworth neighborhood of charlotte; and embarking on an accreditation process with the national association for schools of dance (nasd) to provide global recruitment opportunities in the future.