UNC student dance company Blank Canvas has come a long way in the last 10 years.
And in the genre-bending, 100- person finale that serves as the highlight of its fall performance on Sunday, the group will show just how far it has come.
Blank Canvas started in 2000, group leaders said, although no documented history exists of this beginning.
Today, Blank Canvas has more than five times as many dancers as it did when the group started and performs two shows every year in Memorial Hall.
Despite its significant growth, Blank Canvas remains committed to providing students with an outlet for creative expression in an environment free from judgment, members said.
“I love it because it’s non-exclusive — which is why I think the group is so united,” said dancer Ashley Russo in an e-mail.
Russo, a junior, is dancing in four numbers this semester. Even with three hours of demanding practice every week, Russo said she enjoys putting in the time for the group.
“Practices are just a really great time to catch up with friends and dance — which is something we all love to do,” she said. “That’s also why you never really have to tell people to be at practice, everyone wants to be there anyway.”
Brigid Grabert has seen the evolution of the group firsthand. A graduate student at UNC, Grabert has either choreographed for or danced with Blank Canvas for eight years.