About the Department of Dance

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The Department of Dance provides exemplary liberal arts educations for students who desire professional and personal engagement with dance as cultural practice, art form, and interdisciplinary subject.

Dance works in support of four goals:

  1. Inspire creativity and intellectual growth in students as future artists, teachers, scholars, and global citizens through degree and certificate programs in dance.
  2. Contribute knowledge in bodily practices to the broad range of skills needed to achieve career goals, commit to life-long learning, and enrich quality of life.
  3. Model professionalism, diversity, and mutuality through faculty achievement, curricula, and departmental culture.
  4. Provide meaningful and inspiring opportunities for dance students and university and local communities through public performance of artistry and scholarship and community partnerships.

Dance degree study includes courses in diverse dance practices, among them modern dance, contemporary dance, classical and contemporary ballet, vintage and contemporary jazz, and dance practices from West Africa, Latin America, and South America; improvisation; choreography; performance; digital skills for artists; dance history; anatomy; ballet pedagogy; and music and writing for dance. 

The unique research interests, expertise, and professional connections of our faculty provide extraordinary opportunities for our students. By audition, students perform in concerts featuring original works by faculty and guest choreographers, as well as re-staged masterworks.

In Fall 2017, students will work with guest artist Marcus White, dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and director of the Detroit-based company, White Werx. In Spring 2018, Netta Yerushalmy will be guest artist. Based in New York, Yerushalmy has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and was Artist in Residence at the Harkness Dance Center, 92nd Street Y during 2016-17. In previous years, students have worked with Associate Professor Kim Jones and representatives of Paul Taylor’s Taylor 2 to perform Taylor’s Esplanade and Tracer and with Associate Professor Gretchen Alterowitz and AGA Collaborative to create a new work. Other recent projects include residencies with Christal Brown and George Faison and special projects involving the legacy of Martha Graham.

Students interested in dance scholarship receive mentoring in research and writing and support through our Charlotte Research Scholars program. They present work at university and department symposia and regional and national conferences. Faculty also nurture student choreographers, who may present their choreography on stage for credit and through student groups like MOVE and Range of Motion.

Graduates may move directly into the profession as performers, choreographers, and teachers, attend graduate school, or combine their dance backgrounds with complementary areas of study to pursue many distinctive career paths.                   

Support our Department
Donor support provides invaluable opportunities to our dance students. To support the work of the Department of Dance, please contact:
Mark Colone, Office of University Advancement
P: 704-687-5526 / M: 704-905-5153