Director’s Notes: Southern Charm

Bonnefoux rehearsing dancers Melissa Anduiza and David Morse (photo by Jeff Cravotta, courtesy Charlotte Ballet)

Take a look at Charlotte Ballet’s repertoire, and it’s clear it’s a company fueled by innovative contemporary works yet rich in ballet pedigree. Led by former New York City Ballet stars Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, the company has challenged its home audience with Dwight Rhoden’s civil-rights themed Sit In Stand Out and delighted attendeesMore »

A Ballerina Grows in Charlotte

North Carolina Dance Theatre’s Traci Gilchrest didn’t always command the sublime confidence that makes her the versatile and emotionally captivating dancer she is today. “Early on, Traci didn’t fully trust herself,” says Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, the company’s artistic director. Both Gilchrest and Bonnefoux agree that her turning point came about three years into her tenure withMore »