Master Classes

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.

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Fall 2020 Master Class Series

Virtual Master Class: Contemporary with Tracey Durbin | Thursday, Aug. 13, 6-7:15 p.m.

Via Zoom This soulful modern-jazz class draws on the techniques and philosophies of Tracey’s mentor, Luigi. It equips dancers with a strong technical foundation while focusing on lowering the center of gravity and syncopating movement with a blend of Latin, modern, ballet, and jazz. This fun fluid class emphasizes the relationship between music and movement and inspires dancers to feel movement from the inside out. Level: Intermediate
Level: Intended for intermediate dance level

Virtual Master Class: Modern with Monica Bill Barnes | Thursday, Aug. 20, 6-7:15 p.m.

Via Zoom Based on the company’s performance style that blends nuanced theatricality and explosive movement vocabulary, this master class focuses on understanding how to use technique to support personal performance quality and choices. Class begins with an easy to follow, fast-paced warm-up that brings together an eclectic mix of movement techniques, and highlights musicality and bold choices. The second part of class focuses on learning and performing longer phrases that challenge students to move with clarity, theatrical intention and full-bodied power.  The movement vocabulary will vary from full-bodied dancing to nuanced gestural phrases that draw on a radical mixture of influences ranging from vaudeville to pop-culture.
Level: Intended for intermediate dance level

Virtual Master Class: African Styles with Otis Donovan Herring | Thursday, Sep. 3, 6-7:15 p.m.

Via Zoom This class will introduce participants to traditional and modern (“club”) dance movements of west, central, east, and southern Africa. There are African based dances and religious modalities that permeate Caribbean and South American ethnic groups and cultures that will be physicalized as well. This class will educate and share knowledge on different diaspora dance forms and styles. Overall, we will have fun and share in an exchange of dance.
Level: Intended for intermediate dance level

Virtual Master Class: Musical Theatre Jazz with NaTonia Monét | Thursday, Sep. 10, 6-7:15 p.m.

Via Zoom Monét is a multi-talented dancer, actress, singer and sketch comedian. With a robust career in theatre, her most recent work has been performing on Broadway in TINA: The Tina Turner Musical. NaTonia’s class begins with a jazz warm up that has some ballet elements. After the warm up, there will be a theatre jazz combination. Ladies, if possible please wear character heels for the combination as most broadway shows require dancing in heels for womxn. You will not only focus on technique but the storytelling and acting.

Level: Intended for intermediate dance level

Virtual Master Class: Movement and Creation with Leslie Kraus | Thursday, Sep. 17, 6-7:15 p.m.

Via Zoom Using methods culled from contemporary techniques, choreography, composition, and improvisation we will develop the strength and responsiveness to perform nuanced solo dancing. How do we use gravity, the floor, stabilization, and expansive space systems to create and recreate surprising dynamic entanglements with ourselves?

Besides concentrating only on physical dancing and technique in this class, I find my heart really begins to tick when dancers integrate intention into each movement. What a movement actually is often pales in comparison to how the movement is done. We will strive to bring this concept into class by using various theatrical exercises as well.
Level: Intended for intermediate dance level

Virtual Master Class: Contemporary Caribbean with Shola Roberts | Thursday, Oct. 1, 6-7:15 p.m.

Via Zoom This class will explore traditional and contemporary Caribbean dance techniques and styles while utilizing popular Caribbean music as the driving force of exploring these movement practices.

Level: All Levels

Virtual Master Class: Contemporary Fusion with Maleek Washington | Thursday, Oct. 8, 6-7:15 p.m.

Via Zoom This class delves into the dancer of today, reeducating the body to enhance our human aspects and creating an atmosphere to be versatile in any given situation. We will encounter movement and combinations that range from improvisation to contemporary fusion with a hip-hop flare while learning how to tell a vivid story with your body. The class includes a range of structured formatted movement, improvisation, floor work and dynamics centered around making strong movement choices. We will investigate our individual qualities by integrating acting skills to help dive deeper into a sense of self and to create well-rounded performers and artists.
Level: Intended for intermediate dance level

In-Person – Stafford Commons (behind Talley) Master Class: Modern and Improvisation with Joan Nicholas-Walker | Friday, Nov. 13, 2:45-4 p.m.

Stafford Commons Move, discover and create while enjoying the fresh air!  Participants will move as they choose in this dance improvisation class.  Fun movement activities will be explored, then structured into a group dance.  This class is for beginners and up with experience in any dance style.  The class will follow social distance guidelines and face masks are required.

Level: All Levels 

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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 visit NC State Dance Program Reporter to register for classes!

Who can attend?

Master classes are open to all NC State students, faculty and staff. If you are an interested community member please email Alexandra at

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.

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 master class and email it to us at Please go to and 1) download the form; 2) complete the form; and 3) email to us at

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


View Fall 2020 Schedule and Register Here