Masterclass Series

The Dance Program Masterclass Series offers free dance instruction to NC State students, staff and faculty. Highly trained dance professionals teach a diverse range of styles. Whether you’re an experienced dancer or a complete beginner, masterclasses give you the chance to learn something new — no long-term commitment required. Choose from a rich selection of dance forms and styles, including modern, Latin and hip-hop. Guest teachers are experts in their field and hail from all over the country.

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We’re Back in the Studio.

The Masterclass Series has returned to in-person classes. As we return to the studio (Carmichael Dance Studio 2307) the Dance Program will continue to follow community guidelines for safety. Currently, we will limit masterclasses to 25 participants to allow for proper distancing. Advanced registration is highly recommended.

Spring 2022 Masterclass Series

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Wolfpack Welcome Week: Embodied Afro-Contemporary with Clarice Young | Thursday, Jan. 13, 5:45-7 p.m.

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307 This class will draw upon fundamentals from multiple forms from the African Diaspora as well as Contemporary dance. Focus will be on engaging the core, lengthening curves, harnessing lines of energy, along with finding access within the back; these are a few elements we will tap into to investigate movement initiation and the continuation of flow. Special attention is given to rhythm and how it feels to investigate it amongst a community of dancers. This class will also aim to make the unfamiliar familiar and blur the lines between the classroom and stage. The full body, mind, and spirit are needed to illuminate this space of imaginative engagement.

Level: Intended for intermediate dance level

Masterclass: Intuitive Movement: Where Improv and Soul Care Meet with Dianna Baptista | Thursday, Jan. 20, 5:45-7 p.m.

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307 This healing movement class focuses on the expression of the soul through dance. We’ll explore how energy in the body flows and how it’s expression functions as a release. Drawing on elements of meditation, yoga, and dance, this class will focus on restoring the body and connecting to our inherent intuition.

Level: All levels, no dance experience required.

Masterclass: Explore Kathak, an Indian Classical Dance, with Seema Viswanath | Thurday, Jan. 27, 5:45-7 p.m.

Carmichael 2307 This masterclass explores Kathak, which is one of the famous Indian classical dances which draws everyone towards it. It is very well known for its intricate footwork, fast spins and graceful body movements. Indian dancing is all about storytelling and Kathak is not an exception. Kathak can be danced from slowest speed to fastest speed. It is well known for its distinctive ‘Taal’ – rhythm presentation and ‘Abhinaya’- expression based items. Improvisation on rhythm and expression is based on one’s imagination, creativity extempore for which sky’s the limit. Come and explore a few techniques of Kathak with Seema Viswanath, Artistic director of Nritya MāyāNanda School of Dance, Morrisiville.

Level: All levels, no dance experience required.

Masterclass: AfroContemporary Dance Class with Robin Gee | Thursday, Feb. 17, 5:45-7 p.m.

Carmichael 2307 This class is a high-energy fusion style combining West African, contemporary, and modern dance movement. This class focuses on building core strength, balance, fluidity in movement and stamina while dancing to the rhythm of Afro pop music. This class is taught by Robin Gee, a dancer choreographer and performer.

Level: Intended for intermediate dance level

Masterclass: Safety Release Technique with Creator B.J. Sullivan | Thursday, Mar. 3, 5:45-7 p.m.

Carmichael 2307 Safety Release Technique is an application to dancing that premises the moving body from a skeletal perspective specifically focusing on the spine action and major joints directing energy and motion efficiently and free of frozen tension. The class begins on the floor with exercises that develop into a safety rolls series that help dancers get into and out of the floor easily while protecting vulnerable areas that are prone to injury through continued use. The combinations grow from floor work to upright work that have the body moving fully with elasticity and fluidity. The class is a cumulative process organically from a somatic awareness into rigorous physicality and expression.

Level: Intended for intermediate dance level

Dance and Mental Health Series: A Journey to Healing with Francine Ott, Part One | Thursday, Mar. 10, 5:45-7: p.m.

Carmichael 2307 The class is a journey through the body that increases physical, social, mental, emotional, and spiritual awareness. Participants will learn dance/movement that will help them connect with the internal rhythm of their voices. Whether working individually or in a group, each person will learn what it means to embody the inherent healing aspects of who they are through dance. This unique therapeutic process is a transformative experience integrating mental health and dance.

Level: All levels, no dance experience required.

Dance and Mental Health Series: A Journey to Healing with Francine Ott, Part Two | Thursday, Mar. 31, 5:45-7: p.m.

Carmichael 2307 The class is a journey through the body that increases physical, social, mental, emotional, and spiritual awareness. Participants will learn dance/movement that will help them connect with the internal rhythm of their voices. Whether working individually or in a group, each person will learn what it means to embody the inherent healing aspects of who they are through dance. This unique therapeutic process is a transformative experience integrating mental health and dance.

Level: All levels, no dance experience required.

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FAQs

Do I need to register?

Space is limited, and preregistration is required. You may register for individual classes or for the entire series. Please visit NC State Dance Program Reporter to register for classes!

Who can attend?

Masterclasses are free and open to all NC State students, faculty and staff. 

How much does it cost?

All classes are free!

Do I need to have dance experience?

Not necessarily. Classes listed as “intermediate” are designed for those with at least two years of previous dance experience. All other classes are open to people of all experience levels. Please read the class description or email us at danceprogram@ncsu.edu if you have any questions.

Do I need to know anything else?

If you haven’t signed the NC State Photograph and Publicity Release form in the past, please do it before the masterclass and email it to us at danceprogram@ncsu.edu. Please go to go.ncsu.edu/dance-photo-release and 1) download the form; 2) complete the form; and 3) email to us at danceprogram@ncsu.edu.

2019 NC State Master Class Series

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Bellydance with Li Marcus

Dancio Classes – Free Two-Week Subscription

Moving Forward Dallas – Free Classes on Their Instagram

Dancing Alone Together – Free Ongoing Live Classes

Yoga Practice with Autumn Mist Belk

Balaya Challenge with Cassie

Ballet Class Options

Flamenco with Flamenco Ortega

Contemporary Warm Up with The Dynamite Experience

Stretching and Conditioning with Katy Ann Greenhalgh

Hip-hop Isolation Technique Warm Up with LaTissa Davis