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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Spring 2018 Master Class Series 

Trial Hip-hop with Francine Ott #NCStateWWW | Saturday, Jan. 6, 10:30-11:45am

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Level: all levels, no dance experience required

A spiritual hybrid of hip-hop, house, African and modern dance. Francine creates an organic fusion of these diverse styles of dance to create a constant flow of movement throughout the body that is open to all levels.

This class is part of the 2018 Winter Welcome Week organized by New Student Programs. See the full schedule here.

Dance for Every BODY with Urban Bush Women co-presented with NC State LIVE | Thursday, Feb. 8, 7:30-9pm

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Level: all levels, no dance experience required

Take a dance class with a professional dance company visiting NC State! This movement jam/dance class embraces the ideas that everyone has a unique and powerful contribution to make, and that our bodies are a powerful and capable. The goal is for “every body” to find their level of challenge and comfort and partake according to their abilities, and to appreciate the groups’ diversity as an attribute to their community. This is a movement class designed for the community, so no prior dance experience is needed. Participants explore UBW’s technique with close attention to the use of breath, weight, call and response and polyrhythm.

“. . . the Urban Bush Women are committed, triple-threat performers who dance, sing and act with a sometimes searing sense of truthfulness.” – The New York Times

The Urban Bush Women will present a show at Stewart Theatre on  Friday, Feb. 9 at 8pm. See video and learn more here.

Global Series

Bollywood with Neelam Patel | Tuesday, Feb. 6, 5:45-7pm

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Level: all levels, no dance experience required
Take a high-energy Bollywood fusion master class with one of the top 20 Bollywood dancers in the U.S. and an NC State alumna Neelam Patel. The class will encompass movement and expressions from various dance forms and styles up to lively music and upbeat phrases.

Samba with Gabriella Kuznik | Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7:30–9pm

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Level: all levels, no dance experience required

Stay tuned for the description!

Siberian with Maria Potepalova | Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 5:30-7pm

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Level: all levels, no dance experience required

Starting with a warm-up in a circle, Maria will guide you through learning lyrical and high-energy dance phrases from a traditional dance from Siberia, the coldest region of Russia. Maria had been dancing for 16 years in a folk ensemble in Russia and performing internationally.

Advanced Series

NEW addition! Modern with Shane O’Hara Saturday, Feb. 17, 1-2:30pm

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Stay tuned for the description.

House with Francine Ott | Wednesday, March 28, 6-7:30pm

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

House dance is a street dance that is an expressive combination of many underground dance forms within the African diaspora. Though you will see similarities in House Dance that remind you of other dance styles such as ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and more, this style is uniquely distinct from the rest.  Come out and learn the basics of this soulful, energetic and spirit moving dance.  

Alexander Technique with Jennifer Tweel Kelly | Tuesday, April 17, 5:30-7pm

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

The Alexander Technique is a movement education that looks at the “how” of what we are doing. This class will emphasize the relationship of the head and neck, the way we breathe and address the habits of the mind and body. Dancers will take the new awareness into how they take class as well as perform.

Ballet with Cherilyn Joy Lee | Monday, April 23, 4:45-6pm

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

The focus of this ballet class is to give the intermediate student a further understanding of core ballet technique as well as encourage individual artistry.

Outdoor Series (more classes will be added)

Yoga @Gregg Museum with Autumn Mist Belk | Thursday, April 26, 6-7:15pm (tentative)

Gregg Museum of Art & Design

Level: all levels, no dance experience required

Please bring a mat or beach towel and a bottle of water. Stay tuned for the description!

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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 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.

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