When rising senior Eric Leinweber was a first-year at UNC, he found himself overwhelmed by the amount of arts opportunities on campus.
Prior to attending UNC, he spent years training as a dancer and wanted to continue it in college. But with the University’s wide variety of dance groups, he struggled to decide which organization would be the best fit for him.
Seeking a community that would expose him to people of varying cultures and backgrounds, Leinweber eventually settled on Blank Canvas, UNC’s largest student-run dance company.
Now the president, he said that he has met some of his greatest friends through the company.
“There’s a whole lot more to Blank Canvas outside of the dance room," Leinweber said.
He became one out of hundreds of students who have found a place within UNC’s thriving arts community.
Whether they decide to incorporate art in their formal education through majors like dramatic art and music or would rather engage in the arts as a hobby, UNC supports student of all skill levels interested in the arts.
UNC offers over a hundred student organizations for theater, comedy, film, music, dance and creative writing, among other art forms. Groups include STV, a student-run television station, the Carolina Ukulele Ensemble and Flying Silk— UNC’s only classical Chinese dance group.
Seanna Chen, a rising senior in Flying Silk, auditioned for the troupe after encouragement from her cousin, who was a member at the time.