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History & Mission

Dance opportunities at NC State prior to 1990 consisted of the State Dance Company (formerly the NCSU Dance Company, founded in 1987), a few beginning level technique classes offered by the Department of Physical Education (now Department of Health and Exercise Studies) and DanceVisions (a student organization founded in 1977). The Dance Program joined Arts NC State in 1990 and is currently home to the university academic dance companies –– the State Dance Company and the Panoramic Dance Project –– and later expanded its programming to academic dance classes, masterclasses, cross-disciplinary collaborations and community projects.

The NC State Dance Program educates, empowers and inspires dancers and choreographers to find and express their creative voice.

In the NC State Dance Program, you’ll find an energetic and diverse community of students, faculty and guest choreographers. Here, we do more than teach technique—we take a content-driven, research-based approach to creating beautiful, meaningful art. Our curriculum focuses on choreography and performance, combining personalized attention, artistic development and academic rigor.

Our Programs

NC State Dance Program Spring 2019
  • At the heart of the Dance Program are our two student companies: the State Dance Company, a modern dance company, and the Panoramic Dance Project, a company that explores a range of dance styles from the African diaspora, including African, hip-hop, Latin, contemporary, tap and jazz.
  • Annual formal concerts in Stewart Theatre featuring choreographic work by faculty, guest artists and NC State students.
  • Academic courses, including Dance Composition, Hip-Hop I and II, and independent study
  • A rich selection of masterclasses, free and open to the NC State community
  • Informal showings, including student work and open rehearsals with artists in residence.
  • Guest choreographer residencies to enable collaboration between highly experienced guest artists and NC State students
  • Cross-disciplinary and cross-campus collaborations. The Dance Program participates in several projects throughout the year, most recently performing at the Smithsonian’s creativity and innovation festival ACCelerate, State of the Sciences with Dancing Chemical Reactions, the NC Museum of History and partnering with Burning Coal Theatre Company on The State of Dance.
  • Student Affiliated Organizations – The Dance Program works closely with two dance organizations, that are tied to the Dance Program’s mission, Fusion and DanceVisions, serving as a resource in a variety of ways.
  • Schools outreach & programs: we lead workshops at local elementary, middle and high schools as well as provide complementary group tickets to formal concerts.
  • Community engagement.  The most recent collaborations include a Drive-Up Concert, Wake County STEAM event, conducting master classes at NACADA Conference Opening, the Global Community for Academic Advising and our Concert From Your Couch series that we debuted during the COVID-19 pandemic. (You can still enjoy our Concert From Your Couch collection of performances and concerts!)

Stay in Touch

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Land Acknowledgement

We would like to take a moment to honor the land beneath us. The land that North Carolina State University sits on is land that was originally stewarded by two Indigenous tribes: the Tuscarora and the Catawba tribes. We honor these tribes today by recognizing that this institution of higher education is built on land stolen from those who were here before the colonizers arrived. Additionally, this land has borne witness to over 400 years of the enslavement, torture, and systematic mistreatment of African people and their descendants. We honor these people today by recognizing them in order to break the cycle of colonization and the continued erasure of Indigenous and Black peoples. We must acknowledge the history of the spaces and places we occupy to both understand and unlearn the many ways that we have been socialized.

Co-authored by NC State University Campus Community Centers