The American Dance Festival looms large in Triangle high culture every summer for the powerhouse modern dance troupes that visit the Duke campus stages. But while crowds queue up for the likes of Mark Morris and Shen Wei, hundreds of dance students go about their rigorous classes. And, on three Saturday nights during the summer, the festival turns Baldwin Auditorium over to young, up-and-coming choreographers in a series called Acts to Follow, which is billed as a showcase for North Carolina dance. For area dance artists, the event is a cherished opportunity to present their work. David Fellerath

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