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Durham County Library Hosts Program on American Dance Festival

Program: Bullish on Durham: American Dance Festival
Date: Monday, June 2
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host Jodee Nimerichter, Allen Roses, Arthur Rogers and Gaspard Louis for a discussion on the American Dance Festival at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 2 at the Main Library, 300. N. Roxboro Street.

The New York Post has called the American Dance Festival (ADF), “the world’s greatest dance festival,” and the New York Times has decreed it, “one of the nation’s most important institutions.” The festival began in 1934 and moved to Duke University in 1977. Celebrating its 81st anniversary in 2014, the ADF brings in dancers, choreographers and faculty from all over the world, and includes classes, workshops and performances. It has helped to launch the careers of numerous dancers and choreographers, including Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp and Alvin Ailey.

Jodee Nimerichter is the Director of ADF and serves on the Boards of Arts North Carolina, Durham Central Park and Emory College Center for Creativity and Arts. Allen Roses is the Chairman of the ADF Board, as well as Jefferson-Pilot Professor of Neurobiology at the Duke University School of Medicine. Arthur Rogers serves on the ADF Board and runs Eno Ventures, LLC, a developer and re-developer of properties. Gaspard Louis is ADF’s Director of Creative Movement Outreach and is the founder and artistic director of Gaspard & Dancers in Durham.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Alice Sharpe at 919-560-0193 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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