About the Department of Dance


The Department of Dance is a diverse community where students access many different dance styles. Modern and contemporary dance, classical and contemporary ballet, and dance forms of the African diaspora are our focuses.

The Department of Dance is part of the College of Arts +Architecture. Unique in North Carolina, the College includes the School of Architecture and departments of Art and Art History, Music, Theatre, and Dance. This provides our students with interdisciplinary opportunities in an exciting environment. CoA+A students may attend concerts and events across the College and visit uptown art galleries for free.

Charlotte is home to resident professional dance companies and to major theatres offering performances by touring companies. Dance students benefit through masterclasses, most recently from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and by seeing multiple concerts per year.

Deepening our commitment to an equitable community and curriculum, faculty, and students in the Department of Dance will engage in a number of social justice projects this year. In September, students worked with Christal Brown, Artistic Director of INSPIRIT, and former member of Urban Bush Women.

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All students in the Department of Dance may audition to perform in two fully produced concerts a year choreographed by faculty and guest artists. Our students have been lucky to work as part of National Endowment for the Arts-funded faculty research projects and with guest artists, including Ananya ChatterjeaClaudia Lavista, Netta Yerushalmy, Janet Schroeder, Marcus White, and members of AGA Collaborative and of Paul Taylor 2.

Honoring our commitments to excellent dance training and to community safety, dance students will perform in dance for the camera works and site-specific, outdoor concerts, in 2020-2021.

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The Department of Dance provides exemplary liberal arts educations for students who desire professional and personal engagement with dance. We offer BA degree plans for majors interested in Dance Performance, Choreography, and Theory or in Dance Education, a degree plan for double majors, and an Advanced Dance Studies Certificate for students who want to create a senior project. In partnership with the professional dance company, Charlotte Ballet, the Department offers a Professional Training Certificate in Dance for advanced ballet training. 

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