Masterclass Series

The Dance Program Masterclass 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, masterclasses 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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We’re Back in the Studio.

The Masterclass Series has returned to in-person classes. As we return to the studio (Carmichael Dance Studio 2307) the Dance Program will continue to follow community guidelines for safety. Currently, we will limit masterclasses to 15 participants to allow for proper distancing. Advanced registration is highly recommended.

Fall 2021 Masterclass Series

Wolfpack Welcome Week: Get Moving with the Dance Program | Monday, Aug. 16, 6-7:15 p.m.

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307  Welcome back, Pack! Let’s Dance! If you want to experience what the Dance Program has to offer, this class is for you. Taught by Tara Z. Mullins (State Dance Company Director) and Francine E. Ott (Panoramic Dance Project Director), you will be introduced the distinct styles of both student dance companies with a class ranging from modern to contemporary Hip-hop. If you are considering auditioning for either company, this is your chance to meet the directors before the Aug. 20 submission deadline. Learn more about company auditions here.

Level: Intended for intermediate dance level

Masterclass: Dancing Louisiana: An Exploration of New Orleans Dance Styles and Culture with Shayla Taylor | Thursday, Aug. 19, 6-7:15 p.m.

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307 This Masterclass Series explores the authentic traditional practice of New Orleans dance and music while also providing a cultural embodied experience that can be applicable to modern day dance styles all over the world.

Level: All levels, no dance experience required.

Masterclass: Contemporary with Tracey Durbin | Friday, Aug. 27, 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Carmichael 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: Intermediate

Level: Intended for intermediate dance level

Masterclass: Master Breakin’ with Brandon McCrimmon aka No Centss | Thursday, Sep. 2, 6-7:15 p.m.

Carmichael 2307  Join Bboy Brandon aka No Centss for a class full of breakin’ fundamentals and choreography. No Centss is a staple in the breakin’ community of Raleigh, representing a crew called Raleigh Rockers and known for performing, teaching, and throwing events in the area. This class is for anyone interested in learning more about breakdancing.

Level: All levels, no dance experience required.

Masterclass: the body. the rhythm. the vision. with Kristin Taylor Duncan | Thursday, Sep. 9, 6-7:15 p.m.

Carmichael 2307 It is through the avenue of dance that I express my interest in world history, relationships, visual art pieces and life experiences. Through the aesthetics of Modern dance, Jazz dance, Contemporary dance and African dance, I create dance works. I enjoy exploring rhythmic patterns often inspired by the groove and breath of the dancers shared with a musical score. In contrast, coupling the rhythms with rounded, angular and linear movements that continue to build phrases, which in turn develops into a body of work.

Life experiences have a way of navigating the stories I share with the dancers and the audience. As we are all weaving through life with doubt, success, failure and happiness, often dancers are able to relate to the path chosen to tell a particular story or are able to grasp the overall vision of the works. This is where the connections within the dance begin to mend, not only making sense physically but emotionally.

Level: Intended for intermediate dance level

Masterclass: Classical Chinese Dance with XiaoSong Her | Thursday, Sep. 16, 6-7:15 p.m.

Carmichael 2307 Description to come.

Level: Intended for intermediate dance level

Masterclass: Learn Odissi, the Indian Classical Dance Form with Ekta Sandbhor | Thursday, Sep. 23, 6-7:15 p.m.

Carmichael 2307 In this class participants will learn fundamentals of Odissi dance, history of Odissi dance, warm up exercises, basic postures, basic steppings and body movements of Odissi. Odissi is an Indian classical dance form, known for its fluid graceful dance movements with melodious music. Engage and nourish your mind, body and soul through this expressive dance form. Ms. Ekta Sandbhor is an Odissi performer and teacher from Pune, India. She has learned Odissi from her Guru, Mrs.Anuradha Gandhi. She performs Guru Shri. Kelucharan Mohapatra Style of Odissi Dance.

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?

Masterclasses are free and 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 masterclass 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