Dance ARĪS


 Dance ARĪS (Artist Residency in the Smokies)



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.


In 2017, the HCAC showcased another diverse array of dance in the Dance ARĪS residency. Artists in residence included Nicholas Young (tap), Terpsicorps dancers (contemporary ballet), Morgan Lamb (modern), and Aparna Keshaviah (contemporary Indian).

We look forward to updating this space with more information about 2018 and beyond.

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