The Lunchbox Series: Virtual Discussion for Relevant Dance

NC State Dance Program Lunchbox Series

Share your lunch hour with the Dance Program and esteemed guests as we discuss vibrant topics within the dance industry. These virtual conversations are free and open to all.

October 14, 2020: Noon Until 12:45 p.m.

Why I Trashed The Trophies: How to Make Meaningful Disruption in Your Life with Chasta Hamilton

Why I Trashed The Trophies: How to Make Meaningful Disruption in Your Life with Chasta Hamilton

Join Chasta Hamilton, author of TRASH THE TROPHIES: How to Win Without Losing Your Soul, to discuss her rebranding decision and strategic exit from the competitive dance industry. Set to the backdrop of dance, the book focuses on transformative personal and professional leadership. How do you reclaim the narrative when your life feels derailed? How do you cope, manage and navigate change to simultaneously serve your passion and purpose?

Event Type: Virtual Zoom Webinar
Registration Open Date: October 8
Registration Close Date/Time: October 14 – 10 a.m.

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October 21, 2020: Noon Until 12:45 p.m.

Fragile- A Healing Experience with Francine E. Ott and Dance Program Alumni

Fragile – A Healing Experience with Francine E. Ott and Dance Program Alumni

The film “fragile,” by Francine E. Ott, focuses on women of color and how trauma has affected their bodies, voices, relationships, emotions, artistry and more. This artistic experience is a seed to be planted in the soil of one’s healing journey. The work would amplify growth through a soundtrack of healing through the voices of students, as well as music.

One of the inspirations for this project was a song by an artist named Eryn Allen Kane. Her song, entitled, “Fragile,” is talking about generational trauma and how her traumas are her mother’s and her mother’s mother. She shared how we as women of color, are strong and taught to be, “tough as nails,” even when we are hurting or in pain. How we are told we are too loud when we speak out, too aggressive when we are passionate and speak up for ourselves. We are so good at managing the feelings of everyone around us but continue to hide our feelings, who we are and our tears (Eryn Allen Kane, 2019). Eryn also shared that we do not know how to ask for what we need, which can create barriers, disassociating our emotions from our bodies, as a way of dangerously coping with life. But there is beauty and strength in vulnerably addressing the traumas that our ancestors passed down to us, in the process of healing. The song is a dedication to women of color who have been carrying this heavy load and ignoring their own voice for the sake of someone else (Eryn Allen Kane, 2019).

Her words touched the very core of my being. Inspired by this song, my desire, if possible, was to interview some dancers and use their voices in the soundtrack of the work. My hope is that the interviews, this Lunchbox Conversation and film, would be a healing experience for dancers and anyone who experiences it – by integrating the arts, dance, mental health and the spirit.

Event Type: Virtual Zoom Webinar
Registration Open Date: October 8
Registration Close Date/Time: October 21, 10 a.m.

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October 28, 2020: Noon Until 12:45 p.m.

Students In Response: Artistic Responses to Racism in 2020

Students In Response: Artistic Responses to Racism in 2020

This virtual roundtable will center around student artists within the dance community at NC State. Presenters will discuss racism in 2020 and the artistic mediums they are exploring within processing, healing and protest.

Event Type: Virtual Zoom Webinar
Registration Open Date: October 8
Registration Close Date/Time: October 28, 10 a.m.

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November 4, 2020: Noon Until 12:45 p.m.

Screendance: Moving us forward or moving us back? With Autumn Mist Belk

Screendance: Moving us forward or moving us back? With Autumn Mist Belk

Watch a few short screendance (dance film) works and chat with filmmaker Autumn Mist Belk about the current state of the field. With the great increase in screendance work happening due to the pandemic, will this change push the field to embrace new avenues and initiatives or will the field become more difficult to define? How does the growing screendance community affect live concert dance?

Event Type: Virtual Zoom Webinar
Registration Open Date: October 8
Registration Close Date/Time: November 4, 10 a.m.

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November 11, 2020: Noon Until 12:45 p.m.

Creative Process Conversations with Choreographers

Creative Process Conversations with Choreographers

Join Tara Mullins, director of the NC State Dance Program and choreographers Tracey Durbin, Matthew Wright, Li Marcus and Joan Nicholas-Walker in discussing the creative process of dancemaking. Using concepts from award-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp’s book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, Mullins will facilitate a panel discussion about each individual choreographer’s process including searching for ideas, finding the spine of their work and getting out of ruts. The choreographers on this panel come from a range of backgrounds and styles. This discussion is for anyone who loves to create, no matter the medium!

Event Type: Virtual Zoom Webinar
Registration Open Date: October 8
Registration Close Date/Time: November 11, 10 a.m.

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