Master Class Series

The Dance Program Master Class 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, master classes 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. Please register for the master classes since  space is limited.

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Fall 2017 Master Class Series 

Welcome Week Series

Modern Trial Class with Tara Mullins | Friday, August 18, 2017

2–3:15pm | Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Level: No previous dance experience required.

Hip-Hop Trial Class with Francine Ott | Friday, August 18, 2017

3:30–4:45pm | Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Level: No previous dance experience required.

Series with Guest Artists (co-presented with NC State LIVE)

Devising Dance/Theatre Class with Lucky Plush Productions | Wednesday, September 13

6:30–8:00pm | Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Level: Intermediate/advanced

Designed for intermediate to experienced dancers and actors, this workshop explores the ensemble-based creative methods behind Lucky Plush Productions’ nationally acclaimed dance-theater work. Following a simple warm-up that includes improvisation and vocal exercises, participants will be led through a collaborative devising process in which they turn actions, movements and stories into short group compositions. The workshop will culminate in a very informal sharing of participants’ dance-theater experiments.

In addition to experiencing a condensed overview of the company’s artistic philosophy and devising tools, the workshop will provide insight into the creation process of Rooming House

The class is co-presented with NC State LIVE,

Learn more about a week of activities with renowned dance/theatre company Lucky Plush Productions – culminating in a FREE work-in-progress performance on Friday, September 15 at 8pm in Stewart Theatre. See the full schedule of events here.

Modern/Hip-Hop Master Class with Philadanco! and Rennie Harris Puremovement | Wednesday, October 18

10:00–11:30am | Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Level: Beginning to intermediate

This modern/hip-hop class gives students the chance to explore their individuality, creativity and innovation using modern dance and hip-hop vocabulary tied to complex and often challenging invigorating and uplifting rhythms. Class begins with a warm-up and continues with modern and hip-hop movement exercises to increase muscle strength, flexibility and stamina. The basic movement and techniques of each style will be defined and practiced.

Learn more about the companies, see their videos and plan on attending their show on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 8pm in Stewart Theatre.

International Series

Russian Folk Dance with Maria Potepalova | Monday, October 2, 2017

6–7:30pm | Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Level: No previous dance experience required.

Traditional Russian folk dance is as broad and diverse and the nation itself. Join Maria Potepalova to try cheery and lively circle Russian dance to Mikhail Glinka’s composition “Kamarinskaya.” Maria had been dancing for 16 years in a folk ensemble in Russia and performing internationally. Feel yourself Russian!

Chinese Folk Dance with Mei Yang | Tuesday, October 10, 2017

5:30–7pm | Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Level: No previous dance experience required.

Join us for a fun and engaging workshop as we will learn about Chinese folk dance and its influence on Chinese culture, artistic movements and music. This class is designed for you to explore a new dance experience. No dance experience needed, just a willingness to learn something new.

[WAITLIST only] Bollywood Fusion with Neelam Patel | Saturday, October 14, 2017

10–11:15am | Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Level: No previous dance experience required.

Take a high-energy Bollywood fusion master class with one of the top 20 Bollywood dancers in the U.S. and an NC State alumna Neelam Patel. The class will encompass movement and expressions from various dance forms and styles up to lively music and upbeat phrases.

Neelam Patel was an auditioned member of NC State’s academic dance company the NCSU Dance Company and co-founded Nazaare, the NC State’s first competing Bollywood Fusion dance club. Neelam has competed on India’s number one dance reality show, Dance India Dance, placing the second runner up and has performed on international platforms such as the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA).

The class is included in the 2017 NC State Open House program.

Contemporary Afro Hip-Hop Fusion with Francine Ott | Saturday, October 28, 2017 (Diversity Education Week event)

11:30am–1pm | Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Level: No previous dance experience required.

A spiritual hybrid of hip-hop, house, African and modern dance. Francine creates an organic fusion of these diverse styles of dance to create a constant flow of movement throughout the body that is open to all levels.

The class is part of the NC State Diversity Education Week 2017.

Advanced Series

Intermediate/Adv. Contemporary with Britt Whitmoyer Fishel | Tuesday, November 21, 2017

6–7:45pm | Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Join the Dance Program for a free intermediate contemporary master class taught by Britt Whitmoyer Fishel, the artistic director of bnw:dance and a filmmaker who toured New York City, Richmond, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago.
Fishel combines physicality & breath, rooted in release technique, somatic practice and gesture play. Beginning with a conditioning based warm up, the class progresses to floor work and across the floor sequences with an emphasis on athleticism and musicality. The class will culminate in phrase work from Atlanta Dance Collective’s repertory and end with a release through improvisation.

Intermediate/Adv. Ballet with Cherilyn Joy Lee | Monday, November 27, 2017

5–6:30pm | Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Level: Intermediate/Advanced.

The focus of this ballet class is to give the intermediate student a further understanding of core ballet technique as well as encourage individual artistry.

Intermediate/Adv. Hip-Hop with Matthew Wright | Wednesday, November 29, 2017

6–7:30pm | Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

With influences of jazz and the African diaspora, this hip-hop class will challenge dancers to tackle a range of technique, musicality and textures.

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Do I need to register?

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

Who can attend?

Master classes are 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 if you have any questions.