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Arlynn Zachary is the Artistic Director of THE MARK dance company; Co-Chair of Dance Artists Alliance CLT; Director of Dance for Charlotte New Music, Your Neighborhood Orchestra (YNO), and BrightFire Music & Arts Festival; Stage Manager for Moving Poets Charlotte and YNO; and on dance faculty at Winthrop University and Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center. She has an MFA in choreography from UNCG, a BA in choreography from Goucher College (Magna Cum Laude), and an AA degree from CPCC. She has performed in works by Martha Graham, Charles Weidman, Doris Humphrey, Jennifer Archibald, and Sean Curran, among others. She has a background at Goucher College in Stage Production and was a Technical Stage Production Intern with Bates Dance Festival in 2011, where she was honored with the position of Lighting Designer for both Jennifer Archibald and Lisa Race. Her choreography has been displayed at the American College Dance Association (ACDA), Goucher College, Columbia College, Furman University, Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), UNCG, Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina Dance Festival, Greensboro Fringe Festival, Charlotte Dance Festival (CDF), Charlotte New Music Festival, Detroit Dance City Festival, SoloDuo Dance Festival, Emergence Showcase, and was a resident choreographer for Charlotte's Wine & Dance concerts, to name a few. She has worked for Echo Contemporary Dance Company, Moving Poets Charlotte, The Wake Project, Baran Dance, and Taproot Ensemble, in the capacities of dancer, rehearsal director, stage manager, and lighting designer. She has served on the board of the KinetiCollective, was the Board Chair for the Charlotte Dance Festival, and was the Director of Dance for the Charlotte New Music Festival’s Dance Co-Lab. While in graduate school, she was awarded Graduate Assistant and Teaching Assistant positions, served as the School of Dance’s Graduate Representative for the Graduate Student Association, was a member of the Graduate Studies Committee for The Graduate School, and served as President of the Association of Graduate Students in Dance. Her research, A Qualitative Study on Constructing Fascial Awareness in Higher Education Dance Programs, on the body’s connective tissue system, was presented at both the Graduate Dance Forum and the Graduate Research and Creativity Expo at UNCG in 2018. Her screen dance, Grasping, has been showcased at An Evening of Screen Dance at UNCG, Greensboro Dance Film Festival, ACDA’s Movies by Movers, and the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival. She has taught dance at CPCC, JCSU, UNCG, and Winthrop University. She was a Guest Lecturer for UNCG’s Stage Management Workshops, an MFA Thesis Concert Coordinator for Hollins University, a BOOM Festival Concert Coordinator for the Knight Foundation Showcase, and a Sponsorship Coordinator for CDF. She was a recipient of a Regional Artist Project Grant from Charlotte’s Arts and Science Council in 2015, the Charlotte Emerging Choreographer’s Award from CDF in 2016, the Kristina Larson Thesis Grant in 2019, and an Artist Project Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council in 2022.
Contemporary, Ballet, Contact Improvisation, Improvisation, Partnering, Modern, Jazz
Dancer, Choreographer, Administrator, Educator, Dance Photographer, Stage Manager, Producer
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