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 the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to 2 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

Ashley Broderick is a junior from Lewiston, NY majoring in animal science with a veterinary bioscience concentration. She began dancing at nine years old at the Lewiston Dance Center, training in jazz, ballet, contemporary, modern, lyrical, and hip-hop. She joined their senior competition team her sophomore year of high school. This is her second year with the Panoramic Dance Project.
Haley Curtis is a senior from Mebane, NC, majoring in human biology and minoring in dance and women, gender & sexuality Studies . She started dancing when she was four and has competed at To The Pointe Dance and Arts Academy for ten years. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, hip hop, jazz funk, and lyrical. She is grateful that she gets to continue dancing and she is excited to learn through the Panoramic Dance Project.
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.
Sara Nelson is a sophomore from Morehead City, NC, majoring in engineering. She began dancing at The Carolina Strut Performing Arts Center when she was 2 years old and has competed in the styles of ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip-hop. Sara also attended the North Carolina Governor’s School in the dance discipline, where she began exploring modern dance.
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.
Solteria Ross (she/her) is an Aerospace Engineering senior with minors in English and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from Charlotte, NC. She has been dancing since the age of three, competitively dancing since the age of nine, and has traveled to many national dance conventions over the years. Being a part of Panoramic Dance Project has been one of her favorite experiences of her undergraduate career, and she is excited to continue her fifth and final year with the company.
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.
See these students perform at the upcoming concert