Dance opportunities at NC State prior to 1990 consisted of a few beginning level technique classes offered by the Department of Physical Education, the State Dance Company (formerly the NCSU Dance Company, founded in 1987) and DanceVisions (a student organization founded in 1977). The Dance Program joined Arts NC State in 1990, and is currently home to two academic dance companies, the State Dance Company and the Panoramic Dance Project.
- 3 professional staff
- State Dance Company Concert – Dance program directors and invited guest artists present an annual performance of a distinguished collection of modern dance.
- Panoramic Dance Project Concert – The PDP director, invited guest artists and student company members present choreographic work predominantly from forms from the African diaspora.
- Fall Concert – This performance showcases the State Dance Company, the Panoramic Dance Project, independent study projects, and professional projects/collaborations.
- American College Dance Association and North Carolina Dance Education Organization Conference – Company members attend these conferences
- Master Class Series – Each semester the Dance Program hosts FREE masterclasses for the NC State community. Classes have included Hip-hop, modern, Latin, jazz, ballet, Bollywood, Greek Folk, Bellydance, African, among others.
- The Lunchbox Series – Lunchtime conversations about relevant dance topics such as Screendance, the Creative Process, Students Response to Racism, Students Response to our Political Climate, Healing from Trauma through the Arts/Dance.
- Courses – The Dance Program offers academic courses such as Dance Composition, Independent Study in Dance, and Hip-hop Dance I and II. The Dance Program works closely with the Health and Exercise Studies Dance Minor.
- Arts Integration/Collaborative Projects – The Dance Program works with various entities on and off-campus on collaborative projects. Partners have included the Department of Chemistry, Poole College of Management, Justice Theatre Project, Department of Mathematics, Hunt Library, the Wake Forest Dance Festival, CCMMS, among others.