Panoramic Dance Project

Panoramic Dance Project is an academic dance company of NC State University that presents a variety of dance styles from the African diaspora with a focus on African, hip-hop and Latin dance. Explore culturally rich dance traditions with renowned artists and scholars. 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 the 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 9 p.m., and on Saturdays from 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. Projects have included the Dereck Whittenburg Foundation Gala,  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

Evanna Edward is a sophomore from Raleigh, NC majoring in fashion and textile management and minoring in both dance and business administration. Evanna has been dancing her whole life and is trained in a variety of genres. She began dancing at Carolina Dance Center and was the president of Dance Team and a member of Dance Company at Broughton High School. Evanna is grateful for the opportunity to spend another year expanding upon her knowledge of dance with PDP.
Gloria Lima is a sophomore in Exploratory Studies, hoping to major in social work and minor in nonprofit studies. Gloria has been dancing since she was 6 years old at the Ballet School of Chapel Hill, focusing mainly on tap dance, and trained for 8 years with NCYTE, the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble. She loves exploring different dance styles and is so excited to continue learning and growing in her passion for rhythm and dance with the Panoramic Dance Project.
Olivia Prevost is a senior majoring in business and interdisciplinary studies for dance and somatics. She has been dancing since she was four years old and has had training in Horton, modern, jazz, hip-hop, African, and ballet. This is her fourth year with Panoramic Dance Project.
NC State Dance ProgramAK Stipanov is a first year architecture student from Chattanooga, TN. She is interested in a range of art forms, from dancing to drawing and painting to playing the violin. She has done modern dance since middle school and participated in her high school’s modern company, Terpsichord. AK loves branching out and trying other kinds of dance as well.
Caren Ziller is a junior from Apex, NC, majoring in Criminology and Psychology and minoring in Spanish and Dance. She started dancing at Infinity Ballet the age of 3 ½ and continued classically training in ballet with Horton modern, jazz, and contemporary. Lately she has been exploring different styles of modern and contemporary. She is excited to broaden and deepen her dance journey as an artist and performer with Panoramic Dance Project.
NC State Dance ProgramCaitlin Zorn is a sophomore from Asheville North Carolina. She is majoring in conservation biology with a concentration in wildlife sciences and minoring in health, medicine, and human values. She has been dancing since she was three and has trained primarily in ballet at the Asheville Ballet Conservatory. In high school, Caitlin focused on contemporary dance at The Academy at Terpsicorps. She is extremely excited to expand her knowledge of dance and to grow as a dancer in the Panoramic Dance Project this year. 
See these students perform at the upcoming concert