Terpsicorps presents the educational talk, “Life and Living as a Professional Dancer,” Aug. 13

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Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, Asheville’s premiere dance company since 2003, is presenting a fascinating and educational talk featuring a panel of world renowned professionals.

Free of charge, this presentation is geared towards young dancers and their parents who are interested in either pursuing a career in dance or learning more about the intricacies of the dance world. Dance fans of all ages will enjoy learning the various paths that led these talented people to where they are today, and take home the inside scoop of how to navigate the complexities of the dance world.

The discussion will be followed by a free int/adv ballet class for those who are so inspired by the talk that they just need to dance! Open to ages 9 to adult and taught by Terpsicorps artistic director Heather Maloy, the class is a good trial for anyone interested in training at the Academy at Terpsicorps, either within their pre-professional division programs or on a drop in basis.

Behind the Curtain will be held on August 13, 2:30-3:30pm, at the Academy at Terpsicorps
1501 Patton Ave, Asheville 28806

To RSVP call 828-761-1277 or email terpsicorpsacademy@gmail.com

For more info on the Academy at Terpsicorps, visit terpsicorpsacademy.org

On the same day, the Academy at Terpsicorps is hosting an Open House and offering free classes for young students, ages 3-12.
• Creative Movement (ages 3-6) 12-12:30
• Pre-Ballet/Tap (ages 3-6) 12:30-1
• Ballet 1/2 (ages 7-12) 1-1:30
• Tap (ages 7-12) 1:30-2
• Hip Hop (ages 7-12) 2-2:30

Just a few of the panel members for Behind the Curtain include…
Robert Barnett, former dancer with NYC Ballet and former artistic director of the Atlanta Ballet. Barnett will talk from the perspective of an artistic director and world renowned ballet instructor, offering advice for young dancers on what strengths stand out most in an audition and what qualities help you climb the ranks in a company.

Zachary Whittenburg, dance critic and writer for Dance Magazine, former dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet, NC Dance Theatre and Hubbard St Dance Chicago. Zac will offer a very well rounded view of the dance world from classical ballet to contemporary to modern dance. His wealth of experience is an invaluable resource for those wanting to know how many options there are out there for finding work as a dancer, as well as job options related to dance but not as a performer. Bio below

Mel Tomlinson, former dancer with NYC Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Boston Ballet and NC Dance Theatre. Mel will offer advice on the importance of work ethic, and as one of the first African American stars of dance, the complexities of being a minority in the dance world.

Dayna Fox, current faculty member at UNC School of the Arts and former dancer with NC Dance Theatre. As an instructor at a highly competitive training ground for dancers, Dayna will share her experiences as a judge at auditions, what schools are looking for and how to improve your chances of getting into summer programs and year round conservatories.

Zachary Whittenburg spent ten years as a professional dancer with companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Pacific Northwest Ballet and North Carolina Dance Theatre (now Charlotte Ballet), in addition to freelance work with, among others, Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance, Same Planet Different World, Lucky Plush Productions, and Molly Shanahan / Mad Shak, plus choreography and teaching. Dance Editor at Time Out Chicago from 2009–12, Whittenburg has written for numerous print and online publications, contributes regularly to Dance Magazine, is a panelist and guest speaker, and tweets @trailerpilot about contemporary culture and the performing arts. Now Associate Director of Marketing and Communication at Hubbard Street, he represents the company on the Chicago Dancemakers Forum consortium, is a member of the executive committee for the Chicago Dance History Project, chairs the marketing committee for Dance for Life Chicago, and serves on the artistic advisory council for High Concept Laboratories.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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