For Immediate Release

March 19, 2012

Contact: Logan McSwain, director of marketing & communications, 704.414.2765, lmcswain@ncdance.org

Photographs: Available upon request.

Step Up
for North Carolina Dance Theatre
Friday, April 13, 2012, 8 p.m.-midnight

 A Collaboration between Charlotte’s African-American Community
and North Carolina Dance Theatre

Charlotte, N.C. – Charlotte’s African-American community and North Carolina Dance Theatre are collaborating for the second annual Step Up Soiree on Friday, April 13, 2012, at The Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance on North Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte. The event features live jazz by the Queen’s Collective, catering by Stone Table, desserts by Silver’s Sweets and – new this year - a special performance by the NC Dance Theatre.

Step Up proceeds support NC Dance Theatre’s Dancers’ Fund, which helps the company retain and develop dancers of color who may not otherwise be able to pursue professional dance careers due to financial difficulties. Last year Step Up Committee Co-Chair and Dance Theatre Board Member Kobi Kennedy Brinson told Creative Loafing, “This event has a double goal. First, to bring African-Americans into the Theatre itself; and second, to demonstrate that the African-American community is willing to use its philanthropic power to support professional ballet … because this is a valuable part of our community.”   

Step Up guests will celebrate firsthand as a talented, young dancer receives a career enabling financial contribution from scholarship sponsor, Wells Fargo, which is also Dance Theatre’s Season Presenting Sponsor,” Step Up Committee Co-Chair Kellie Lofton said.

This special evening is presented by lead sponsor, Winston & Strawn, as well as South End Dentistry, 72 Shoe Boutique, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Vintage Wealth Management Group and Uptown Magazine. The event also has several individual sponsors including Kelly and Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers. The Step Up Committee includes co-chairs Kobi Kennedy Brinson and Kellie Lofton, as well asHope Drummond, Natalie Frazier Allen, Nikki Fleming, Ron Freeman, Marcus Kimbrough, Dr. Bradford Picot and Natasha Witherspoon.

“Last year’s Step Up event raised $5,000 for the Dancer’s Fund, but this year we are going to triple that.” Brinson said. “We are going to step up for our dancers, and infuse our own muses in the process.” 

Step Up Details:


Friday, April 13, 2012, 8 p.m. – 12 midnight
Location: Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance
701 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28202

Tickets: General Admission Tickets- $50; VIP Tickets - $75VIP tickets include an invitation for two to attend an exclusive event celebrating the premiere of North Carolina Dance Theatre’s Dangerous Liaisons (April 26-28, 2012). VIP tickets also include an autographed poster from a North Carolina Dance Theatre company dancer and preferred seating for the performance. Order tickets from ncdance.org/stepup or 704.372.0101 x2773

Sponsors: Step Up is presented by Winston & Strawn, South End Dentistry, 72 Shoe Boutique, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, and Uptown Magazine. The Scholarship Sponsor is Wells Fargo.


About North Carolina Dance Theatre
North Carolina Dance Theatre is a Charlotte-based ballet company focused on performing, inspiring and educating through artistically excellent programming. Led by internationally acclaimed President and Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, NC Dance Theatre is known for its strong dancers and versatile repertoire, ranging from classical ballet to bold, contemporary works. In June 2010 NC Dance Theatre moved to the Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance in Uptown Charlotte. The Center houses the Company’s administrative offices, rehearsal space and School of Dance. For more information visit ncdance.org.

North Carolina Dance Theatre is supported, in part, with operating support by the Arts & Science Council. Dance Theatre is also supported by individuals, corporations, and local and national foundations, the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.