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

Master Class: Contemporary with Tracey Durbin | Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6-7:15 p.m.

Hosted 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

Master Class: Beginning Bellydance with Li Marcus | Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Hosted 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

Master Class: Susan Galdy Ballet | Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1:45-3 p.m.

Hosted via Zoom The Intermediate Ballet Master Class with Susan Carlin Galdy will focus on proper ballet technique, placement and alignment. Students will also work on their artistry and musicality during the two ninety-minute classes. Originally from New York City, Susan Carlin Galdy received her early training from the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School and Robert Joffrey’s American Ballet Center. She was awarded a full scholarship to the Harkness Ballet Program where she trained under David Howard. Ms. Galdy holds a B.F.A. in Dance from SUNY Purchase and continued her training under scholarship with Finis Jhung. She has performed professionally with New York’s Theatre Dance Collection and The DeYoung Dance Theatre. Ms. Galdy has served on the faculties of several studios in New York City, the University of Massachusetts, and Meredith College. She joined the faculty of The Raleigh School of Ballet in 1991 and became Associate Director of the School in 1999 and has served as school director since 2002. Level: Intended for intermediate dance level

Master Class: Modern with Joan Nicholas-Walker | Friday, Nov. 13, 2:45-4 p.m.

Hosted via Zoom Join HES faculty member Joan Nicholas-Walker for an intermediate level modern dance class. Students will explore floor work, move through space and learn phrases from her repertory. Level: Intended for intermediate dance level 

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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

2019 NC State Master Class Series

To keep you dancing during this time, please enjoy the following list of online classes. Keep checking back; we will continue to add more 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