Dance at NC State
Whether you have been dancing for years or have never taken a dance class before, there are plenty of opportunities to dance while at NC State University!
The Department of Health and Exercise Studies offers 20 different dance courses open to students of all majors and most requiring no previous dance experience. For those who would like to delve deeper into dance study, there are intermediate level dance technique courses in ballet, jazz, modern, and social dance, and there are several other unique courses allowing advanced study of dance history, dance composition, and dance and technology. The 16 credit hour Dance Minor is also housed in Health and Exercise Studies; it is designed for students who wish to pursue dance studies in an intellectual, creative, and practical capacity. For more information on our dance courses and/or the dance minor, please visit go.ncsu.edu/danceminor or contact one of our dance faculty members: Autumn Mist Belk, Peggy Domingue, Beth Wright Fath, Joy Kagendo, Marsha Lester.
As one of the six programs of Arts NC State, the Dance Program offers NC State students of all majors participation in the academic dance companies, credit courses, and a rich selection of master classes open to the entire NC State community. At the center of the Dance Program are its two student companies: the NCSU Dance Company, a modern dance company nationally acclaimed by the American College Dance Association, and the Panoramic Dance Project, a company dedicated to exploring diverse dance styles, including jazz, modern, hip-hop, African, and Latin. Open by audition, the companies present choreographic works of prominent guest artists and the NC State Dance Program faculty at annual concerts in on- and off-campus venues. For more information on the Dance Program, please visit dance.arts.ncsu.edu or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also many dance-related student organizations on campus. These student-directed clubs offer various levels of participation (from casual dance classes to competition and performance ensembles). Below follow the links below to learn more about each group.
The bellydance club provides opportunities for bellydance instruction and practice, and aims to increase the knowledge of bellydance and Middle Eastern dance history and performance in the campus community.
The Break-Fast Club is the ONLY B-Boy club on campus! We are dedicated to helping others develop through and learn the art of breaking, as well as preserving and spreading hip-hop culture with the student body as well as those outside of the university. We are open to anybody and everybody who is interested in learning about breaking and hip-hop. We practice twice a week and meet in the squash courts under Carmichael Gym.
This is a collegiate club that holds monthly dance socials for the ‘Carolina Shag’, which is a 6-count step danced to beach music. It invites all collegiate students to participate from NCSU and other neighboring universities.
Contra Club at NCSU (Contra Dances With Wolves) holds monthly contra dances throughout the school year. Open to students and the public!
Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 150 schools across the country, all raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in their community.
DanceLife is a student organization dedicated to providing low-commitment dance classes to fellow students at NC State. Weekly classes offered include styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hip, contemporary, lyrical, etc.
The Irish Dance Club hopes to build a community of Irish dancers here at NC State. The club allows Irish Dancers to practice for fun, to get in shape, prepare for dance competitions, and perform at community service events within the NC State community. The club also hopes to share Irish culture with this unique form of dance and inspire others to try something new.
DanceVisions is a student-performing dance company organized by three African American female students who wanted to continue dancing while in college. The focus of DanceVisions is to offer a unique extracurricular activity for the entire student body.
We provide an opportunity to NC State Students, Faculty, and Staff to learn ballroom dancing. We also travel to competitions and perform in shows throughout the Triangle, as well as provide opportunities for you to dance socially around the Triangle area!
Our mission as Fusion is to serve the triangle area through our performances and our love of dance.
Why do we dance? JUST CUZ! Our dance group focuses predominately on hip-hop, but has large influences from all sorts of dance ranging from break dance to modern to ethnic dance.
The LDT at NCSU is dedicated to bring the exciting and cultural art of lion dancing to the NCSU community.
NC State’s Bollywood fusion dance team.
The NC State Dance Team performs at the NC State football games, men’s and women’s basketball games, and also competes in collegiate dance team nationals each year.
Pack Clogging at NC State, founded in 1989, is an award winning, competitive clogging team. The team performs multiple styles, including contemporary and traditional, all over the east coast and North Carolina.
The purpose of this organization is to spread the culture and heritage of Indian folk dance throughout NC State University.
Sangeet is an organization that supports South Asian arts including Carnatic and Hindustani music, classical dance forms and other performance arts. Its mission is to provide a platform for practice, teaching and learning of these arts.
We are NC State’s Latin Dance Team.
The purpose of this team is to encourage cultural awareness, social service, sustainment of Indian Classical dance while also being nationally recognized and competitive.
The purpose of The Tap Jam is to provide tap dancers from all backgrounds and skill levels a place to express themselves, learn, collaborate, and share their love of percussive dance with the surrounding community.
NC State’s Bhangra team is back and re-vamped!