By Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2020

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Performances at this year’s American Dance Festival have been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak, one of a number of events either canceled or postponed in North Carolina’s Research Triangle area.

Jodee Nimerichter, American Dance Festival executive director, said all performances and workshops through July have been called off, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported. The festival was scheduled for June 18 through July 25 in what would have been the festival’s 87th season.

The dance festival typically attracts 25,000 people to performances at venues across Durham. The American Dance Festival office is currently closed and is accepting donations to help deal with the financial repercussions of the cancellation this season.

In addition, the 23rd annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, also in Durham, has been canceled. It was scheduled for this weekend. The lineup included “Never Too Late: The Doc Severinsen Story,” about the longtime bandleader for “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” and “Spaceship Earth,” about the 1991 Biosphere 2 experiment.

The Durham Performing Arts Center, the Raleigh Convention Center and the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts have canceled or postponed all public events through April 30.

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