Total Eclipse at the HART

Press release form the Haywood County Arts Council: 

Waynesville, N.C., Aug. 10, 2017 – The eclipse isn’t the only exciting event happening this August! Join us for Total Eclipse at the HART dance events the following weekend. In 2016, the Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) reintroduced dance to their annual programming. Spark: An Evening to Benefit Dance ARĪS featured three distinct dance styles rarely performed in combination: ballet, contemporary modern, and classical Indian dance. The show drew a sold out crowd. This year, the HCAC will showcase a similarly diverse array of performers, and we invite you to mark your calendars for the much-anticipated events on August 25th and 26th.

This year’s artists in residence will be Nicholas Young, Bessie award-winning and sought-after star of STOMP (tap), technically stunning Terpsicorps dancers Gavin Stewart and Carly Hambridge (contemporary ballet), Tisch up-and-comer Morgan Lamb (modern), and, back by popular demand, Aparna Keshaviah (contemporary Indian). Performances will take place in the evening at the Fangmeyer Theater at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre (HART). Friday will offer a performance, and Saturday will include a pre-show gala catered by Harmon’s Den. Tickets are $25 (plus tax) for the performance only and $60 (plus tax) for the gala plus performance package (available Saturday only); a $10 discount will be offered on all tickets for students 18 and under (or with valid ID). On Saturday, the Terpsicorps dancers and Nicholas Young will offer master classes at Folkmoot’s Friendship Center.

The events are part of the HCAC dance artist residency program called Dance ARĪS (Artist Residency in the Smokies, pronounced “arise”). As a new platform for professional classical and contemporary dance, the residency includes performances as well as classes and outreach activities to schools and underserved communities in the region. If you would like to be involved in planning and future growth, please email

For details, updates and tickets, visit

The Haywood County Arts Council thanks the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority for their support through their HCTDA Partnership Funding for this effort. For more information about The HCTDA, go to

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Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. He has worked with several publications, including Gulf Coast and the Collagist. For his weekly #tuesdayhistory tidbits on Asheville, follow him on Instagram @tcalder.

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One thought on “Total Eclipse at the HART

  1. ApePeeD

    Beat drums while dancing in a circle around a fire with sheep blood painted on your body! Chant during the eclipse to bring the sun back!

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