Robin Harris receives 2014 NCDA Annual Award for significant lifetime contributions to dance in North Carolina

Robin Harris, Director of the NC State Dance Program

Robin Harris, Director of the NC State Dance Program

Each year, the North Carolina Dance Alliance (NCDA) presents the NCDA Annual Award to honor individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions to the growth and development of dance in our state. Nominations are submitted from the greater dance community, and the NCDA Board of Directors selects an award recipient from these nominations.

The 2014 NCDA Annual Award will be presented to Robin Harris on November 22, 2014 at the NCDA Community Event, a daylong event featuring classes and workshops as well as a statewide community meeting and luncheon to be held at the Durham School of the Arts.

As director of the NC State Dance Program and artistic director of the NCSU Dance Company, Robin Harris mentors student choreographers and teaches dance composition.

A choreographer of over thirty major works, Robin is a recipient of two NC Arts Council Choreographers Fellowships, the Raleigh Medal of Arts, an Indy Award, and the 2010 NCAAHPERD University Dance Educator Award.

Her work has also been recognized by the American Dance Festival (ADF), and been presented five times in National Galas of the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA), including performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and in numerous regional ACDFA Gala Concerts.

Full evenings of Robin’s work have been presented by NCSU Center Stage and the Southeast Women’s Studies Conference. Additionally, her work has toured four seasons with the North Carolina Dance Festival, and been a featured subject on National Public Radio’s Studio 360.

Robin has served as a guest artist at Washington & Lee University, James Madison University, University of Maryland, Hollins University, and Meredith College. She has also choreographed for Burning Coal Theatre Company in Raleigh, including Hair in 2009, Enron in 2011, Brigadoon in 2012, and Civil Rights Through Song in 2014.

Robin holds a B.A. in French and an M.A. in dance from The Ohio State University, and has received certification from the Dance Notation Bureau as a Labanotation teacher.

The NCDA serves to advance the art form of dance. Fueled by its members of professional dance companies, artists, presenters, educators, students, institutions, individuals and other organizations statewide, NCDA develops programs and services that address the changing needs of North Carolina’s dance community. More info:

Media Inquiries

Ms. Tara Zaffuto Mullins,, 919-513-7345

Assistant Director, NC Dance Program and Artistic Director, Panoramic Dance Project