Lightsey Darst is a writer and critic based in Durham. Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, Lightsey spent nine years covering dance in Minneapolis before moving to Durham in 2013. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts for both literature and dance criticism, as well as a Minnesota Book Award. Her books of poetry are Find the Girl and DANCE (2010 and 2013, both from Coffee House Press).


Her criticism is online at mnartists.orgwalkerart.org, The Huffington Post, and Bookslut.

Justin Tornow is a North Carolina native, currently located in Durham, NC. She is the artistic director of COMPANY, a producer of the local artist series PROMPTS, and a co-founder and -organizer with Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA.) Justin’s work is often collaborative and inter-disciplinary, partnering with composers and musicians, film and video artists, and visual artist Heather Gordon. Her projects have been presented by Tanzart Atelier in Germany, 21c Hotel and Museum, UGA Dancz Center for New Music, The UNC Process Series, the Sax Open Festival in Strasbourg, France, UGA-Cortona in Cortona, Italy, Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA,) Triangle Dance Project, GSO Fringe Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, CoolNY Festival, Philly Fringe, and the NC Dance Festival. In 2010, Justin received an MFA in Choreography from UNC-Greensboro; she lived and worked in NYC from 2010-2013, and relocated to Durham, NC in June 2013. Justin has recently served as artist-in-residence at Tanzart Atelier in Germany, guest artist at NC State University and part-time dance faculty at UNC-Greensboro, teaching studio courses in technique, composition, and repertory. http://www.companydances.com/

Alyssa Noble is a modern dancer, choreographer and community organizer from Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Alyssa moved to North Carolina; she has since performed with VECTOR, Renay Aumiller Dances, Stephanie Blackmon Woodbeck, The Bipeds Dance Company and Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, in addition to serving as a panelist/commissioned choreographer for Tobacco Road Dance Productions. Most recently, Alyssa co-produced, performed and toured an evening-length work with collaborator Allie Pfeffer. In addition to her work in the dance community, Alyssa manages a coffee shop in Downtown Durham. Follow Alyssa on Instagram @ascho3, and learn more about upcoming performances at www.alyssanobledance.com.

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