Wake Forest Dance Festival

2017 Wake Forest Dance Festival
Saturday, Sept. 30 
E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road 

Presented by Wake Forest Arts in partnership with the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources, the inaugural Wake Forest Dance Festival will bring a day of dance to the Triangle in an outdoor setting. Free and open to the public, this family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at beautiful E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. 

The event will feature national and regional professional dancers from the Wake Forest dance community, Theatre of Movement (Greensboro), Gaspard & Dancers (Durham), Renay Aumiller Dances (Durham), Movement Migration (Charlotte), along with former dancers with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Carolina Ballet. 

The Festival is thrilled to present Lamentation (1930), one of the most iconic and celebrated solos choreographed by Martha Graham which will be performed by guest artist Miki Orihara.

Please Note: Orihara is also being featured in a solo modern dance performance at the Renaissance Center in Wake Forest called Resonance on Friday, Sept. 29, the night before the festival begins. Advance tickets for each performance are $10 plus tax for adults and $8 plus tax for students and seniors. As a special offer, call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458, buy one ticket over the phone and get the second ticket free. Please note: Anyone who has already purchased a ticket, will be offered a second ticket free.

The Wake Forest Dance Festival will also showcase local rising advanced dance performers from Dance Attic, Destiny Dance Institute, Franklin Academy, Get in 5th Productions, Wake Forest Academy of Fine Arts, and Meredith College. 

Wake Forest Dance Festival will pay tribute to long-time Wake Forest dance instructor Elizabeth “Betty” Hunt Holding and her dance legacy. Having studied ballet under famed Russian choreographer George Balanchine and performed with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Holding arrived in Wake Forest in the 1940s. She opened Wake Forest’s most historic dance studio, the Holding School of Dance, in her home where she taught dance to students for more than 30 years until her death in 2007. Continuing the legacy of her great grandmother, Millie Kerr will perform to celebrate the lineage of dance of the Holding family and the Wake Forest dance community.

"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, the event is designed 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

Event Details
The Wake Forest Dance Festival will begin with an educational Technical Rehearsal in the morning and culminate with a staged performance late in the afternoon.

The festival will feature regional and national professional dancers along with local rising advanced dance students.

Genres will include classical ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz and world. No tap or hip hop. 

Throughout the day, dancers will perform in different areas of the park and facilitate education stations. 


  • 10 am - Noon 
    Technical Rehearsal – Attendees who want a behind the scenes look can attend the Technical Rehearsal, which is a run-through of the Festival Concert that will take place later in the day. Some of the performers and the stage manager will be available to answer questions.

  • 1 - 4 pm
    Tour in Motion – A guided tour will begin at the top of every hour and give attendees the opportunity to experience different dance genres in intimate outdoor settings throughout Joyner Park.

  • 5 - 6:30 pm
    Festival Concert – The main concert of the festival will feature professional dancers and rising advanced dancers from local dance institutions.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsors are needed and a variety of sponsorship levels are available.

Anyone interested in participating in the inaugural performance of the Wake Forest Dance Festival is encouraged to do the following:

  • Review the Fact Sheet that provides additional information and requirements. 

  • Complete and submit the Submission Form

  • One of the event organizers will respond.

Volunteers are needed at the Wake Forest Dance Festival. To volunteer complete the online form.

For More Information
For more information, contact Pamela Stevens.