The longtime arts reporter and critic of theater and dance plans to leave the paper after eight years, effective sometime next month. Swift said she plans to continue to freelance for the paper as time and space permits.

Update/correction: Swift said she’s been assured by editors that “there’ll be ample space for theater coverage to which Roy Dicks and Adam Sobsey will also continue to contribute, probably more than before.”

We’ll miss Swift’s devoted attention to the Triangle’s performing arts, and we wonder how the paper will handle coverage of the American Dance Festival next summer.