Dance ARĪS


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Dance ARĪS 2017 – August 25-26

Friday, August 25, 2017: Performance 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 26, 2017: Morning Classes/Workshops TBA

Saturday, August 26, 2017: Gala and Performance
HART Fangmeyer Theater
Gala: 6:45 p.m.
Performance: 8:00 p.m.

TICKET UPDATE: Saturday night performance is almost sold out! We still have several tickets for Friday. Online sales have ended, so please call 828-452-0593 or stop by 86 N. Main. Any remaining tickets will be on sale at the box office Friday/Saturday night as well.

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. 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, the HCAC will showcase a diverse array of dance in our Dance ARĪS residency, and we invite you to the much-anticipated events on August 25th and 26th. Our artists in residence will include Nicholas Young (tap), Terpsicorps dancers (contemporary ballet), Morgan Lamb (modern), and 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 sneak preview performance, and Saturday will include a pre-show gala catered by Harmon’s Den. Tickets are $25 (plus tax) for the performance alone and $60 (plus tax) for the gala plus performance package (offered on Saturday only); a $10 discount will be offered on all tickets for students 18 and under (or with valid ID). On Saturday morning, select dancers will offer master classes at Folkmoot’s Friendship Center.

The events are part of the HCAC dance artist residency program, which serves as a new platform for professional classical and contemporary dance. Called Dance ARĪS (Artist Residency in the Smokies, pronounced “arise”), 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


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