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Fred Fletcher, owner of the Jolly Knave in 1960’s Raleigh, has started hosting reunions for the shag dancing community. Though the doors of the Jolly Knave closed in 1971 and the Atlantic Beach Jolly Knave was sold in 1978, hundreds of North Carolinians still remember them as the best dancing clubs in the state, and travel hundreds of miles for the annual reunions.
Durham Independent Dance Artists is an independent dance organization in Durham. In Feature Presentation, Anna Barker and Leah Wilks investigate the complexities of curated self-image. They explore topics such as juice cleanses, dance auditions, Durham's Northgate Park neighborhood, politicians’ behavior, and social media.
Durham’s Leah Wilks is a 2014 Indie Art Award winner. Wilks is a co-founder of the Durham Independent Dance Artists and co-directs Culture Mill in Saxapahaw. She also runs classes at five area schools and studios and tours with the North Carolina Dance Festival as a solo performer. Her choreography and her performances have been well received and she is a mainstay in the local dance community.
Attacks by Congressional Republicans on the National Endowment for the Arts are seriously limiting funds for arts projects. There will be fewer modern-dance performances in the Triangle this year. Universities are also limiting dance offerings.