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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Spring 2021 Virtual Masterclass Series

Virtual Masterclass: Modern with Intro to Acro with Krystal Butler | Thursday, Jan. 28, 6-7:15 p.m.

Via Zoom This class will consist of a warm up and center floor exercises where students will be introduced to acrobatic moves and inversions that will be incorporated into their center floor combination.
Level: Intended for intermediate dance level

Virtual Masterclass with NC State LIVE: House with Ephrat Asherie | Tuesday, Feb. 2, 6-7:15 p.m.

Via Zoom In collaboration with NC State LIVE, join leading choreographer Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie for a house masterclass. The interactive class will cover some of the fundamentals of house, including aspects of footwork, floorwork and the importance of a freestyle approach to the form. The cultural context in which this dance was created and where it continues to thrive will be discussed and underscored in the movement.

Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, a 2016 Bessie Award winner for Innovative Achievement in Dance, creates work for the dynamic group of multifaceted dancers in her company Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD). Embodying many different African American and Latinx vernacular dances, including breaking, hip hop, house and vogue, EAD is dedicated to exploring the inherently complex and dynamic qualities of these forms – Asherie’s “movement phrases–compact bursts of choreography with rapid-fire changes in rhythm and gestural articulation — bubble up and dissipate, quickly paving the way for something new” (The New York Times).
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Level: Intended for intermediate dance level

Virtual Masterclass: Contemporary with Christopher Rudd | Thursday, Feb. 4, 6-7:15 p.m.

Via Zoom Description TBD

Virtual Masterclass: Modern with Katy Greenhalgh | Thursday, Feb. 11, 6-7:15 p.m.

Via Zoom This class will consist of different styles of modern dance combined together. My training has always been dominated by modern dance and ballet. I studied Graham & Cunningham furthered my training by studying commercial jazz, lyrical jazz, modern jazz, & hip-hop. I love to combine different elements of dance in my lesson to express myself as well as help others express themselves & create a connection with me in that moment depending on the period of my life that I am in.

Level: Intended for intermediate dance level

Virtual Masterclass: Beginning Bellydance with Li Marcus | Thursday, Feb. 18, 6-7:15 p.m.

Via Zoom Join Li for shimmies, hip drops, and more as you learn to match classic bellydance movements to Egyptian rhythms like the Masmoudi Kabir, Baladi, Maqsum, and Saidi. Each of these rhythms has a particular flavor, character, and history, so have fun, exercise, and learn about history and music all at once! 

Level: All levels, no dance experience required.

Virtual Masterclass: Afro-Brazilian with Daniel Santos | Thursday, Mar. 4, 6-7:15 p.m.

Via Zoom This class will explore dances that draw from the rich cultural traditions of Bahia and Northeast Brazil, including Afro, Samba Reggae, Samba de Roda, and Dances of the Orixas.  The cultural context and history behind these dances are also integrated into class. A diverse selection of the enchanting rhythms and music from Brazil accompanies you throughout class. All levels welcome!

Level: All levels, no dance experience required

Virtual Masterclass: Afro Latin Fusion with Bianca Medina | Thursday, Mar. 11, 6-7:15 p.m.

Via Zoom This class will explore Afro Latin social or traditional movement, explore the inherent connection to the Earth in both the dances of Afro Latin Diaspora and in Modern Release, and draw from my personal movement research of the intersection of the two. As an example of someone who is merging the dances of my (latinx) culture with modern dance to formulate my personal artistic research, I’d love to encourage students to find power in uniting, rather than compartmentalizing, their identity, culture, and politics with their dance making towards the evolution of their personal narratives as artists.

Level: All Levels

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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 open to all NC State students, faculty and staff. If you are an interested community member please email Alexandra at alcohen@ncsu.edu.

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

See below for other online dance class options:

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