Choreographers Spotlight Series

Choreographers Spotlight Series

Friday, August 26, 2022
Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. Theater in Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art

Join us for the second annual Choreographers Spotlight Series!

Taking place at the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. Theater in Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Carolina Ballet will begin the season with the Choreographers Spotlight Series on August 26th. Our Joint venture with the North Carolina Museum of Art will feature new ballets by a diverse group of innovative choreographers, starting with Willie Hinton, then Heather Maloy, Sokvannara Sar and Ja’ Malik! The event begins with a master class with Carolina Ballet Artistic Director Zalman Raffael at 5:45PM. The class is followed by a conversation with curating director Richard Glover; Moses T. Alexander Greene, Museum director of film and performing arts; and the guest choreographers before the original works are performed at 7PM. Tickets will be available through the NCMA Box Office.

Both entities are grateful to serve our community through this series that will enhance, enrich and elevate the lives of the people who live here.


Ja' Malik

Ja’ Malik is one of the four choreographers joining us for the Choreographers Spotlight Series! Ja’ founded and has served as Executive Director of New York City’s Ballet Boy Productions, whose mission is to create pathways for young Black men to thrive in a career in dance.

“I’m very excited for this wonderful opportunity to create my first work on Carolina Ballet in the Choreographers Spotlight Series!”

Heather Maloy

Heather Maloy is the founder, resident choreographer and artistic director of Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance. She has created over 20 works for Terpsicorps including three full evening length ballets. Many of these have included collaboration with musicians, composers, artists and projectionists. Heather received her training at the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA).

Sokvannara Sar

Sokvannara Sar is from Cambodia. He was a Cambodian traditional professional dancer since age 12, and began western Ballet at age 16 at The School of American Ballet. He joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2006, prior to joining Carolina Ballet in 2011. While with the company, Sar has participated and appeared as guest artist with Suzanne Farrell Ballet, St Louis Ballet, Larry Keigwin dance troupe, Vail International Dance Festival, International Dance Salad, and many others.

“Thank you to the North Carolina Museum of Art for the series and thank you to my director Zali as well as my fellow choreographers for the opportunity.”

Willie Hinton

Carolina Ballet is pleased to announce that Willie Hinton will be able to take part in our program! Willie has been a part of the School of Carolina Ballet Summer Intensive program for 12 years and has recently begun teaching as well. We are so excited to have him joining the Choreographers Spotlight Series!

“It’s not where the movement begins or ends….It’s about the movement from within”

Carolina Ballet Resident Choreographer

Amy Hall Garner

Amy Hall Garner joins Carolina Ballet for our 25th Anniversary Season as our Resident Choreographer. Garner has choreographed both nationally and internationally, and you will see her work throughout our 2022-2023 Season. Her Suite 44 performs in September 2022 as part of Jerome Robbins’ The Concert. She will choreograph a world premiere on our company during Spring 2023.

Amy Hall Garner is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, and a graduate of The Juilliard School. Her work has been praised internationally and commissioned by Ailey II, ABT Studio Company, Collage Dance Collective, The Juilliard School, The Ailey School, Barnard College, The University of the Arts, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Point Park University, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Recently, she has received virtual commissions from BalletX, Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process Digital Series, ABT Studio Company, Boulder Ballet and a virtual collaboration between Miami City Ballet and Paul Taylor American Modern Dance. She personally coached Grammy Award winner Beyoncé, providing additional choreography for The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Theatrical choreography credits include: The Color Purple (Milwaukee Repertory Theater) and Invisible Thread, associate choreographer (Second Stage Theater, NYC). In 2018, she was selected to participate in Alvin Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab supported by the Ford Foundation. Garner was one of the first recipients of the Joffrey Ballet’s Choreography of Color Award (now titled Winning Works). She is an adjunct professor at New York University’s New Studio on Broadway at Tisch School of the Arts. Currently, Ms. Garner is a Virginia B. Toulmin Fellow at The Center for Ballet and the Arts.