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 2019 Master Class Series 

Master Class: Welcome Week Event – Trial Hip-Hop with Francine Ott | Friday, Aug. 23, 2:30-3:45 p.m.

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307 Come experience dance at NC State! This class is hybrid of hip-hop, house, African and modern dance. Dance Program faculty member, Francine Ott, will teach a fusion of these styles to create a constant flow of movement throughout the body. The class is open to all levels. A brief Q and A about the program will occur at the end of the class. Level: all levels, no dance experience required

Master Class: Urban Choreography with Matthew Wright | Monday, Sept. 9, 6-7:15 p.m.

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307 Urban dance has been growing in popularity since it started in the collegiate dance scene, and many young dancers are attracted to the team setting and blend of different styles. This urban choreo class focuses on movement generation and initiation as it fits within this broad genre of dance. Level: all levels, no dance experience required

Master Class: Contemporary Dance Class with Ronald K. Brown | Tuesday, Oct. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307 Master Classes are designed for intergenerational participants with a wide range to no dance experience. Classes begin center floor with an emphasis on alignment, rhythm and using the body to express ideas and themes; strength, prayer, and celebration. Classes for beginning/intermediate/advanced dancers begin with meditation and floor work that includes stretching and mind-body centering exercises. Center floor work or barre work includes alignment and the introduction of the various dance techniques that are incorporated in the vocabulary of Ronald K. Brown/ EVIDENCE, A Dance Company. Phrases across the floor use influences from the western modern dance as well as traditional and social dances from West Africa, the Caribbean, and the US. Level: all levels

Master Class: Modern Jazz with Tracey Durbin | Wednesday, Oct. 30, 3-4:15 p.m.

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307 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: all levels

Master Class: African Fusion with Joy Kagendo | Monday, Nov. 25, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307 African Dance Fusion features music and dance routines from East and West Africa. Level: all levels, no dance experience required

Master Class: Bhangra with Lavesh Pritmani | Tuesday, Dec. 3, 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307 Bhangra is an energetic folk dance from South Asia. The dance is all about joy, celebration, and having fun – what better way to spend your time?! Lavesh Pritmani is a former faculty Bhangra instructor at the world-renowned Broadway Dance Center in NYC and creator of the company Learn Bhangra (free App to download for iOS and Android devices). He is now based back in NC but travels the world frequently conducting Bhangra workshops, and looks forward to dancing with the NCSU community! Level: all levels, no dance experience required

Master Class: LDOC Class – Theatre Jazz with Chasta Hamilton | Friday, Dec. 6, 2:45-4:15 p.m.

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307 Theatre Jazz will focus on proper dance technique while exploring styles of dance and conditioning techniques used in Broadway shows. Emphasis will also be placed on implementing performance skills, such as connecting with the audience and creating characterizations. The class will be upbeat, high energy, engaging, and fun! Level: all levels, no dance experience required

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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.

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