Meet the New BD2!

We are thrilled to introduce our 2016/2017 BD2 dancers: Sarah Howe, Marly Roberts, and Gabriella Sanchez.  This tiny but mighty group of talented dancers are already working hard and ready to knock your socks off. You can check them out:
December 9th (time TBA)

Informal Showing
Open Door Studios

May 20th + 21st @ C3 Lab
Saturday @ 8pm / Sunday @ 6pm
Baran Dance / BD2 Spring Show

Sarah Howe

Marly Roberts

Gabriella Sanchez

August 2016 News

And… we’re BACK! We’ve had our fill of lounging in the sun and brewery hopping (ok, we’ll still do that). But it’s time to get back to work + play in the studio and kick off Baran Dance’s FIFTH season! This is sure to be a stellar year, but we need YOUR HELP to make it happen. Read on to see what’s up…
Sunday, August 28th 2:00-4:00pm @ Open Door StudiosBD2, the apprentice company of Baran Dance, is comprised of young artists ages 12-18. The recipient of a Charlotte Emerging Dance Award in Choreography (2015), BD2 is a non-competetive ensemble that welcomes dancers from any school or studio. Apprentices train throughout the year under the direction of Audrey Baran & Kate Micham, as well as other company members. BD2 learns new, innovative choreography and will also begin crafting their own creative work.
The audition will include contemporary technique, repertoire, and improvisation.

Rehearsals: Sundays 2:00 - 4:00pm | September 11 - May 21
Tuition: $150/semester or $300/year | Audition fee: $10 at door
Winter Concert: December 9th | Spring Concert: May 2017

Friday, September 2nd 8:00pm - until?
Petra’s | 1919 Commonwealth Avenue

Help us kick off the 2016-2017 season in a big way! We are holding a fundraiser to provide some very important resources needed throughout the year, but actually it’s just a really awesome party.

The evening features live music by AmigoElonzo WesleySinners & Saints, plus some surprises! PAY WHAT YOU CAN at the door, & remember you’ll be helping us out with:

  • Beyond Baran Dance: BD’s outreach program
  • lighting, sound, and other technical needs
  • performance space rental
  • dancers’ stipends
  • costumes, advertising, and more!

We hope to see you there, but if you can’t make it to the party, you can always make a TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION by clicking the link below. No amount is too small (or BIG)!

Baran Dance is a grassroots, community funded company. We do not have corporate sponsors or big financiers, and we like it that way.

We MOVE to move YOU, so please chip in and help us keep moving!



Monday September 5th (Labor Day)
4:00-6:00pm @ 1904 Marguerite Ave.

Stop by, grab a simple instructional prompt, and move your body! No dance experience needed. All ages welcome!
September 10-11 | 8:00PM @ Duke Energy Theater
Catch Mackenzie Smith in a new solo in collaboration with our friend and musical genius Albert Strawn of Bless These Sounds Under the City!
Saturday, October 1st
3:00 + 8:00pm
Durham Arts Council PSI Theater

Audrey is honored to be selected and present her solo Door Closed in this concert of amazing artists from the NC Triangle area and beyond. Take a little day trip and check it out!MORE INFO HERE!

Goodyear Arts @ 516 N. Tryon St.

Collaborative showing of works-in-progress by Audrey Baran, Megan Payne, and Sarah IngleFRIDAY - SATURDAY, APRIL 14-15 2017
Durham Arts Council PSI Theater

Audrey’s forthcoming thesis work will premiere in Tobacco Road Dance Productions: In Concert

MAY 2017
C3 Lab @ 2525 Distribution Street

Baran Dance + BD2’s Spring concert! More info coming…

Beyond Baran Dance

Baran Dance is proud to announce the launch of our partnership with Our.BRIDGE, a non-profit enrichment program that focuses on the education and socio-emotional development of children who are new to our country and culture. We will be offering weekly dance classes to a group of these wonderful students, but need your help. They are motivated to move, but need the right shoes! We are currently taking donations of used or new ballet and jazz shoes in the following sizes and quantities:

Children’s 2 (1), 3 (8), 4 (1), Adult 5.5 (1)

If your child has outgrown a pair that could use a new home, please drop them off at Open Door Studios through October 31st. Or feel free to pick up an extra pair while you’re shopping for the year. We are also taking monetary donations online HERE! (All donations to Baran Dance through October will go to our outreach program.) Some little feet will thank you very much!

Yard Art Day

Yard Dances @ Yard Art Day
Labor Day | Monday, September 7 @ 5pm
1904 Marguerite Ave.

Join local choreographers, dancers, and regular awesome people for Yard Art Day! Get sneak peak at new work by Audrey, Kenzie, and more. Then stick around for an al fresco dance party with awesome and (very) local folk music duet Sinners & Saints! Bring what and whoever you need for a jammin’ good time – kids, friends, and beverages are all welcome!

Yard Art Day is a grassroots arts exhibition, curated by the community for the community. The annual LABOR DAY event will take place for 24 hours and is for anyone and all to express themselves creatively despite their age or level of expertise. Art of all mediums is allowed – from hula hooping to sculpture – whatever your artistic heart desires!


Summer is finally here (or at least it feels like it)! Baran Dance will be on hiatus until early Fall, but that doesn’t mean we’re just relaxing by the pool with Mojitos (ok, sometimes). Here’s what we’re up to this Summer…

A HUGE congratulations to Carey Gates on tying the knot this July to the love of your life, Bobby French! Fun fact… Carey and Bobby met after the very first Baran Dance show, at the introduction of mutual friend Lauren Bickerstaff!

Speaking of Lauren, we could not be more thrilled to welcome the next Baran Dance baby to the world! That’s right, Lauren and Josh are expecting their first bundle of love this Fall. You better rock that belly this Summer, girl. Congrats to the Bicks!

Ben Henley is spending the Summer at the Maine State Music Theatre, where he is rehearsing 12-15 hours a day, performing in five shows, and earning points towards his Actor’s Equity Card. He’s already made some great friends and connections (because, he’s Ben.) We are wishing you all the best! (But, come back.)

Last but not least, Audrey will be starting the Masters of Fine Arts in Dance program at Hollins University this Summer. She’ll be spending five weeks on the beautiful campus of Hollins in Roanoke, VA, then traveling to Germany for three weeks to study at the Forsythe Company Studio and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt! Wish her luck, or… Viel Gluck!

Of course we all have fun and exciting things planned for the Summer, and hope you do to! Don’t forget to suppot your local theaters, companies, and artists during these dog days. Stay safe and cool, Charlotte, and we’ll see you in the Fall with some surprises!