Master Classes

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 here.

Fall 2017 Master Classes

We’ll be updating the schedule for the fall dance master classes soon. Follow the NC State Dance Program on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and subscribe to our email list to receive the latest news.

Spring 2017 Master Classes

Hip Hop / Street Jazz with Elliot YJ You | Saturday, January 14, 2017

10-11:30am | Carmichael Gym 2307

This class will begin with a short warm-up followed by a small groove exercise. Afterwards, the students will learn a combination and demonstrate/perform in smaller groups in front of their peers at the end of class.

The class will focus on a few concepts including musicality, textures, weight changes, and pocket. Elliot’s artistry is synonymous with how he interprets music; therefore, students will be encouraged to attempt to dance as similarly to how they hear and interpret the music.

Music for Dancers / Composer’s Mind with Joe Westerlund | Tuesday, January 17, 2017

7:30-9pm | Carmichael Gym 2307

Composerʼs Mind is an investigation of the relationships between sound, movement, and silence. How do we choose the proper accompaniment for our original work? How does music affect the way our choreography will be experienced by an audience? How many different ways can sound affect how we dance, or even what we create? These are all the same questions going through a composerʼs mind when accompanying a dance.

When music and dance are presented simultaneously, they become a complex, yet singular statement. Itʼs important to consider our assumptions on how volume, tone, tempo, and rhythm relate to movement. Not all choreographers have access to a composer, so the aim of this class is to help us cultivate a composerʼs mind when selecting a sonic landscape.

Acrobatic Dance with Autumn Mist Belk | Tuesday, January 24, 2017

7:30-9pm | Carmichael Gym 2307

If you love to be upside-down, this is the class for you! Experience a mix of cartwheels, handstands, arm balances, and other inversions within contemporary dance technique and choreography. A few conditioning exercises will also be taught to strengthen the wrists, shoulders, and core to prepare the student for more advanced inversions. No previous gymnastics experience is required; however, it is recommended students are comfortable performing weight-bearing exercises onto their hands.

Yoga for Dancers with Carson Efird | Tuesday, January 31, 2017

7:30-9pm | Carmichael Gym 2307

Level: Previous dance and/or yoga experience encouraged.

What to bring: Please bring a yoga mat to class!

In Prana Vinyasa Yoga for modern dancers, we flow freely and consciously between structured asana and kinetic movement. The practice of Prana Vinyasa yoga is beneficial for modern dancers because it energetically aligns the musculoskeletal system from the inside out for effortless and efficient movement. Diving deeper into the subtle body, Prana Vinyasa also amplifies practitioners’ body-mind connection by raising awareness of the breath as a tool for navigating kinetic pathways.

Learning to move through space in time with internal rhythms of breath, heartbeat, and creative impulses, dancers experience a sense of freedom in their conscious bodies and minds while dancing in the flow. Prana Vinyasa Yoga for modern dancers offers the opportunity to integrate naturally intelligent yoga sequencing with spontaneous improvised movement to refresh your innate joy for dancing!

Urban Latin Dance with CONTRA-TIEMPO Dancers | Tuesday, February 7, 2017

7:30-9pm | Carmichael Gym 2307

This technique is rooted in Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican traditional and social dance forms, as well as urban and contemporary forms,  and it epitomizes art as social action, incorporating leadership development, community-building strategies, and social theater techniques.

Russian Folk Dance with Maria Potepalova | Wednesday, March 29, 2017

6:00–7:30pm | Carmichael Gym 2307

Level: No previous dance experience required.

Traditional Russian folk dance is as broad and diverse and the nation itself. Join Maria Potepalova, the NC State Dance Program Marketing Assistant, to try cheery and lively traditional Russian movements.  Maria had been dancing for 16 years in a folk ensemble in Russia and performing internationally. Feel yourself Russian!

Classical Chinese Dance with Dr. Yang Mei | Tuesday, April 18, 2017

5:30–7:00pm | Carmichael Gym 2307

Level: No dance experience needed, just a willingness to learn something new.

Join us for a fun and engaging workshop as we will learn about traditional Chinese Classical Dance and its influence on Chinese culture, artistic movements, and music. This class is designed for you to explore a new dance experience. We welcome couples to this session and if you don’t have a “couple” you can come and find a new friend to dance with!

Pilates with Beth Fath | Wednesday, April 19, 2017

4:45–6:00pm | Carmichael Gym 2307

Work on strengthening your core and connection with space.  Challenge your balance as to prepare for moving through life. Standing pilates accesses pelvic and core musculature to enable ease in stable postures and moving through space, specifically integrating pfm and gluteus medius.  It focuses on the concept of aligning of 4 anatomical domes as you execute the exercises.

Contemporary Modern with Katie Iacono | Saturday, April 22, 2017

10:00–11:15am | Carmichael Gym 2307

Katie’s Contemporary Modern dance class takes a wide-lens approach to a more traditional modern dance and ballet training infusing athletic vocabulary, floor work, and a complicated rhythmic structure.  A lot of the work is gestural and includes advanced and non-traditional coordination.

Hip-Hop with Katie Iacono | Saturday, April 22, 2017

11:30am–1pm | Carmichael Gym 2307

Hip-Hop, as seen through Iacono’s eyes, includes dark attitude and emotion, physicality and large movement as well as gestural detail.  Her background is from the Golden and Commercial ages of Hip-Hop, which she has updated with the detail-oriented and freestyle versions as of late.

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.