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Wells Fargo Gift Supports Dance Project
The Wells Fargo Foundation is sponsoring a unique project led by the UNC Charlotte Department of Dance. "Tracing Modern Dance" is centered on the reconstruction of "Tracer," a lost work by modern dance choreographer Paul Taylor. This project will include the first-ever reconstruction residency by the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company and the first local performances of the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 15 years.
"Tracing Modern Dance" is the culmination of an 18-month research project by Associate Professor of Dance Kim Jones. Renowned modern dance choreographer Paul Taylor gave Jones the unique opportunity to reconstruct a seminal early work not performed or seen in more than 50 years. "Tracer," choreographed by Taylor in 1962 with set and costumes by the artist Robert Rauschenberg, does not benefit from the existence of video or audio rehearsal or performance records. Jones will complete her scholarly reconstruction in September during a three-week residency at UNC Charlotte with the Taylor 2 Dance Company. The residency will culminate in the "re-premiere" of the reconstructed "Tracer" in a public performance on Friday, Sept. 30.
UNC Charlotte students will learn "Tracer" and continue to perform the piece in local high schools throughout the coming school year.
Social Work Wins $2 Million for Grad Scholarships
The UNC Charlotte School of Social Work has been awarded a $2 million federal grant to provide scholarships for graduate students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds who are preparing for careers in behavioral health care.
100 students will receive full academic scholarships to pursue a master's degree under the new Behavioral Health Scholars program. In exchange, the students agree to work with underserved populations in primary care behavioral health settings after graduation.
The School of Social Work will use the funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to expand efforts to recruit students from disadvantaged backgrounds and support its mission to meet demands for a diverse workforce.