The Lunchbox Series

NC State Dance Program Lunchbox Series

The Lunchbox Series: virtual conversations to enrich your lunch hour.

October 13, 2021: Noon Until 12:45 p.m.

Butterflies In Spirit

Butterflies In Spirit: A Discussion about The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Epidemic with Lorelei Williams

The MMIWG epidemic has been described as a Canadian national crisis and a Canadian genocide. Lorelei is raising awareness and advocating for victims and families of MMIWG through Butterflies in Spirit – a dance group she founded in 2012. The group is composed of family members of MMIWG and was formed with the goal of empowering Indigenous women in her community, and raising awareness about her aunt Belinda Williams who went missing in 1978, and her cousin Tanya Holyk who was murdered in 1996. Lorelei will discuss her dance companies’ work and her hope to end violence for women and girls around the world. This discussion also hopes to bring awareness of this epidemic in the US and the state of North Carolina.

Event Type: Virtual Zoom Webinar
Registration will close on October 13, 10 a.m.

October 20, 2021: Noon Until 12:45 p.m.

Turning Pointe

Turning Pointe with Chloe Angyal

Join author Chloe Angyal as she discusses her book Turning Pointe. Turning Pointe is a reckoning with one of our most beloved art forms, whose past and present are shaped by gender, racial, and class inequities—and a look inside the fight for its future

Every day, in dance studios all across America, legions of little children line up at the barre to take ballet class. This time in the studio shapes their lives, instilling lessons about gender, power, bodies, and their place in the world both in and outside of dance. In Turning Pointe, journalist Chloe Angyal captures the intense love for ballet that so many dancers feel, while also grappling with its devastating shortcomings: the power imbalance of an art form performed mostly by women, but dominated by men; the impossible standards of beauty and thinness; and the racism that keeps so many people of color out of ballet. As the rigid traditions of ballet grow increasingly out of step with the modern world, a new generation of dancers is confronting these issues head-on, in the studio and on stage. For ballet to survive the twenty-first century and forge a path into a more socially just future, this reckoning is essential.

Event Type: Virtual Zoom Webinar
Registration will close on October 20, 10 a.m.

October 27, 2021: Noon Until 12:45 p.m.

Art of Remembrance

The Art of Remembrance: Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks with Carol Nix and Tara Mullins

​​On September 11, 2001, the United States experienced a series of terrorist attacks – the largest in the nation’s history. These events changed the country dramatically and set the stage for a world few could ever have imagined. Carol Nix, director of the NC State Crafts Center, envisioned a memorial service to honor the 20th anniversary that recently occurred at NC State on September 11, 2021. This ceremony presented art influenced by this event, including photography by Charles Moretz and a dance piece titled The Weight of Hope choreographed by the director of the Dance Program, Tara Mullins. Join Nix and Mullins as they discuss the anniversary, the ceremony, and the ways in which art can help us process and heal.

Event Type: Virtual Zoom Webinar
Registration will close on October 27, 10 a.m.

November 3, 2021: Noon Until 12:45 p.m.

Kristin Hoagland

On the Road with Hamilton with Kristen Hoagland

Dancer Kristen Hoagland has been performing all over the country and Canada with the Broadway show Hamilton. Join her as she discusses the audition process and how to best prepare for an upcoming audition. She will also share how COVID has affected the performances. Learn what it’s like to tour, rehearse, and travel city to city as a dancer in one of the hottest shows out there!

Event Type: Virtual Zoom Webinar
Registration will closer on November 3, 10 a.m.