Panoramic Dance Project

Explore culturally rich dance traditions such as African, hip-hop and Latin dance with renowned artists and scholars such as Chuck Davis and Willie Hinton. As a member of the Panoramic Dance Project, you’ll:

  • Take technique classes in a variety of dance styles in a world context
  • Learn from and collaborate with prominent guest choreographers and teachers
  • Develop and perform your own choreography

The company performs works by the Dance Program faculty, invited guest artists and student members. Francine Ott is a newly appointed artistic director of the company.

Learn about auditions for the Panoramic Dance Project.

When do you rehearse?

Classes and rehearsals are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6 to 8:45 p.m., and on some Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

When do you perform?

The company performs annually in the Dance Program Fall Concert and presents a formal spring concert at NC State as well as performs in other on and off campus venues.

Recent projects include a mixed media modern dance performance at the NC Museum of History for Black History Month, a performance for Respect the Pack event and a mentoring workshop for Davis Drive Middle School students.

How many academic credits do members receive?

Students receive one credit hour per semester for participation.

Meet Panoramic Dance Project Members

Mary Afuye is a junior double majoring in business administration with a concentration in operations and supply chains management, and fashion & textiles management with a concentration in brand management and marketing. She enjoys African and hip-hop dancing as well as exploring new dance styles. This is her second year with the Panoramic Dance Project.

Danyale Calhoun is a sophomore at NC State from Charlotte, NC. She is majoring in engineering with intent to study industrial and systems engineering. This is her second year with the Panoramic, and she has been dancing since she was three years old. Danyale is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary and she is new to modern and African dance. She enjoys learning new styles of dance and loves to have dance in her life as a creative outlet. Danyale is the 2016-17 Arts NC State Performing Artist Award recipient.

Audra Chenoweth is a freshman from Wake Forest, NC, majoring in paper science engineering. She started her dancing career at Dance Dynamics and transitioned to City Ballet in Raleigh, when becoming more serious about ballet and modern dance. This is her first year with the Panoramic Dance Project.

Adrian Haywood is a freshman from Greensboro, NC, studying human biology. He started dancing at Greensboro Dance theatre competitively his first year of middle school. He was trained in hip-hop, tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary and modern.

Taylor Jones is majoring in biology with a concentration in biochemistry. She has been dancing all of her life and has been part of dance companies at her high school and with Panoramic. Taylor plans on going to medical school and becoming an anesthesiologist.

Hannah Monroe is a sophomore in biological engineering with a minor in biomanufacturing. She started dancing at the age of three at City Ballet Raleigh where she took ballet, pointe, jazz and modern. Hannah loves being able to continue dancing in college and experiencing new styles through the Panoramic Dance Project. This is her second year in the company.

Daniela Patino is a sophomore at Meredith College, also taking classes at NC State, double majoring in dance and business administration with a minor in entrepreneurship. Born and raised in Colombia, Daniela started dancing at the age of five and has an extensive training in Latin dance, Latin jazz, hip-hop,

Afro-Colombian dance and acrobatics. This is her first year with the Panoramic Dance Project.

Marelis Perez is a sophomore majoring in industrial engineering from Winston-Salem, NC. She began dancing her senior year of high school as part of the West Forsyth Dance Team. She enjoys modern dance, jazz and hip-hop techniques. This is her second year with the company.

Katie Quinn is a sophomore from Durham, NC majoring in communication. She began dancing at the age of three and has since been trained in ballet, pointe, jazz and modern. She respects the diverse range of styles that the company offers and is always up for a challenge. This is her first year with the Panoramic Dance Project.

Jasmine Rouse is a freshman majoring in engineering with a mechanical intent from Durham, NC. She first started dancing at a young age and has learned classical ballet, modern, Horton, pointe, tap, jazz and lyrical techniques. This is her first year with the Panoramic Dance Project.

Brooke Yannayon is a junior in media communication with a focus in creative writing.  She began dancing at the age of three as a tap dancer. In high school she was opened up to other styles including ballet, jazz and hip-hop and has enjoyed expanding her dance vocabulary with Panoramic for the past three years.

Solteria Ross is a freshman majoring in engineering with an aerospace engineering intent from Charlotte, NC. She has been dancing since the age of two, competitively dancing since the age of nine and has traveled to many national dance conventions over the years. Her favorite dance genres are hip-hop and tap. This is her first year with the Panoramic Dance Project.

Emily Sikkel is a sophomore majoring in art and design with a concentration in fibers. She has danced since the age of three and although she was classically trained in ballet at City Ballet Raleigh, she enjoys jazz, modern, hip-hop, urban latin and more. She enjoys making connections between her design work and dance by studying movement and costume design.

Maya Sturgies, born in Charlotte, NC, danced on a competitive dance team for six years prior to joining the Panoramic Dance Project. She is a freshman majoring in international studies at NC State.

Matthew Wright is a senior majoring in graphic design from Fayetteville, NC. He began dancing his junior year of high school –– primarily trained in modern dance –– and has since learned Horton technique, African and hip-hop styles. This is his fourth year with the Panoramic Dance Project.