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For Course Credit

Dance courses (DAN) in the NC State course catalog are open to students from any major. The two student dance companies — NCSU Dance Company and the Panoramic Dance Project — are open by audition.


Also, academic dance courses in ballet, jazz, modern, tap and social dance are offered through the Department of Health and Exercise Studies. Check MyPack Portal for current offerings.



Master Class Series

The Dance Program invites all NC State students to participate in our Master Class Series!


How do I sign up? Space is limited and preregistration is required. You may register for individual classes or for the entire series by emailing Please specify the dates of the classes you are interested in taking.


Who can participate? Classes are open to NC State students, faculty and staff. Classes listed as "Intermediate" are designed for students with at least two years of previous dance experience. All other classes are open to students of all experience levels.


What is the cost? Master classes are FREE for NCSU students, faculty and staff.


SPRING 2015 Master Class Schedule

Modern Dance with Emily Wexler

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 5:30 – 6:50 PM

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307


This class will help lead students to a process of using compositional explorations in choreography with the inspiration of favorite songs or personal experience with desire and longing as source material. The class will focus not on using the songs or memories to construct a mimetic narrative with the sound, but with working alongside the sound and paying attention to one's history and the emotional materiality constructed. The students will work with this source material to derive movements and concepts to be further designed into a personal choreographic process and brief dance work. If attending, please bring your favorite love/desire song (or songs) to work with.


Emily Wexler is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher. Her work shapes itself through an intense desire to uncover gravity of meaning by layering aspects of memory, sorrow, fear, sincerity, humor, urgency, and love. Her motivation and perspective has been profoundly influenced through the practice of ballet and modern dance.

She has been supported for her choreography through various awards from academic, public, and private funding. In 2008 she was honored with the ACDFA/Dance Magazine Award for Outstanding Choreography, in 2000 she was a recipient of the Gertude Claytor Award from the Academy of American Poets for a collection of her poems, and in 2012 she was nominated for a Bessie Award (New York Dance and Performance Award) for her performance in Yvonne Meier's Mad Heidi.

In recent years she has extended her work through teaching and making with students at Hollins University, Dickinson College, University of Memphis, the American Dance Festival, University City Arts League, American College Dance Festival, and University of the Arts. She teaches senior citizens the love of drawing an arc through space at the Senior League of Flatbush and the Park Slope Senior Center. The Brooklyn Arts Council recently awarded her with a 2013 SPARC Grant to make a new dance at the JASA Scheurer Senior Center in Coney Island, working with adults who were most affected by Hurricane Sandy. The work will be shown in June 2013. Previously she received a 2012 SPARC Grant to work with the senior citizens of the Grace Agard Harewood Senior Center resulting in the production of Ghost Stories, shown in June 2012. It was crazy. Currently, she is on faculty at University of the Arts teaching Dance History/Theory/Criticism and Pedagogy of Performance Labs.

Her work has been seen abroad and more locally in venues such as the American Dance Festival, Movement Research at the Judson Church, The Knitting Factory, Center for Performance Research, The Center (LGBT Community Center), Draftworks at Danspace Project/St. Mark's Church, Joyce SoHo, The Flea, Chez Bushwick, Dixon Place, Galapagos, AUNTS, and The Paul Robeson House, among others. As a performer she has worked with Rebecca Brooks, Kim Brandt, Diana Crum, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Karinne Keithley, Jen McGinn, Ryan McNamara, Yvonne Meier, and Katy Pyle. She has a BA and MFA in Dance from Hollins University.


Modern Dance with Thea Jaworski

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 5:30 – 6:50 PM

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307


With the goal in mind of learning movement from in the inside-out, in this class we will familiarize ourselves with our own anatomy, and learn our patterns and tendencies; eliminating the harmful ones, and encouraging the helpful ones. We will build the muscle memory to support proper alignment and structure through conditioning exercises, and find movement exploring lines of energy, force, momentum, and breath.


Thea Jaworski is a professional dancer, instructor, fitness instructor and choreographer in the RDU area. She is currently dancing with Leah Wilks and Jon Haas’ VECTOR, and is on faculty at American Dance Festival, St Mary’s High School, ArtsTogether, Raleigh School of Ballet and was just recently selected to tour as a judge with StarQuest International’s 2015 season. She specializes in teaching mind-body awareness, injury prevention, and anatomy to dancers and movers alike.


Bhangra with Rohit Bulchandani

Monday, February 16, 2015 from 6:00 – 7:15 PM

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Bhangra is an energetic, colorful dance that originated in the fields of Punjab in South Asia. Now, it’s the newest dance phenomenon spreading all over the world. It has been performed on TV on America’s Got Talent, at the London Olympics opening ceremony, and even at the White House! This class aims to not only teach the elements of this folk dance but to also provide an amazing cardiovascular workout that will definitely tone your entire body.


Rohit Bulchandani is a professionally trained Bhangra instructor who, through the Learn Bhangra App, will demonstrate popular steps through a novel new cardiovascular exercise program that simultaneously teaches you a new dance and tones your body.Rohit has been with Natya Academy since 2007, dancing with various Bhangra programs and captaining the competitive team, Gajjdi Jawani. In 2012, he began teaching classes and assisted in coaching the competitive team after having the opportunity to train under the former captain and coach of Punjab Agricultural University, and the founder of the Learn Bhangra App, Lavesh Pritmani. Since then Rohit has continued to follow his passion for the dance, establishing himself as the Instructor and Director of Bhangra at Natya Academy. Staying true to the folk dance itself, he aims to show off its beauty and the culture behind it, while providing a great full body workout.



Contemporary with Ronald West

Friday, February 20, 2015 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307


Contemporary is a multidisciplinary class including instruction in both Jazz and Hip Hop, while focusing on dance composition, partnering & weight sharing. This class will develop the movement vocabulary of each dancer beyond technical terminology, broaden how each dancer moves naturally and help adapt each dancer to be mentally and physically flexible in the ever evolving contemporary dance world.


Ronald West began his intensive study of dance in 2005 under Kirstie Spadie of the North Carolina Dance Institute on a full scholarship, while simultaneously attending NC State University. There he received a Bachelor’s Degree of Environmental Design from the College of Design at the School of Architecture. He has studied and danced as an adjunct company member at the Dance Exchange in Washington D.C. led by artistic director, Cassie Meador, has studied at ‘The PULSE’ student and teacher workshops in Atlanta and New York under the pulse faculty master teachers and various workshops across North Carolina. A natural study, Ronald began assisting six months into his training and went on to teach by the end of his first year of training. He continues to explore a vast range of dance movement in his classes, in which cutting edge contemporary hip hop and jazz styles are explored.


To add, he has danced professionally in Modern Dance works, both locally and nationally, under choreographers Diego Carrasco Schoch, Kate Davis, Courtney Greer, Killian Manning and Michelle Pearson in association with the Continuum Collective, Dance Exchange and Black Box Dance. He has become one of North Carolina’s most sought after choreographers and master teachers within the University system, dance studio circuit, public and private school systems, dance organizations such as Kodachrome, and he continues to broaden his palette by branching into the commercial music video scene, including choreography for the videos and tour of the premiere album, Beauty in the Breakdown, for upcoming edgy lyricist and vocalist Jean Morisson of Nerv Records.


Beyond choreographing for the previously mentioned, in 2011, Ronald founded the BLACK IRISH contemporary hip hop company which is focused on the generation of strong and creative movement, with the simultaneous intent of bringing the dance and greater community together through the love of dance, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or religion. Ronald West continues to grow both as a student and teacher and is excited for his future movement research.



Modern Dance with Leah Wilks

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 5:30 – 6:50 PM

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307


Through anatomically based floor exercises, highly structured improv, and big physical phrasework, this class will get you discovering new pathways of moving in and out of the ground and going upside down with the greatest ease possible.


Leah Wilks is a Durham-based dancer, teacher and choreographer. Recently she has performed with Renay.Aumiller.Dances, Nicola Bullock and the People, Gaspard&Dancers, and the Dept. of Improvised Dance. She is currently on faculty at Carolina Friends School, 9th St. Dance, and the American Dance Festival where she teaches everything from release technique to experiential anatomy. Leah runs her own multi-media dance company VECTOR with visual artist Jon Haas (, and really likes to grow and eat copious amounts of kale.



Intermediate Ballet with Megan Marvel

Friday, March 27, 2015 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Focusing on dynamic movement and clarity of line within the basic ballet vocabulary. This class will include fundamental discussion of correct placement that will serve the dancer in all dance styles.

Megan Marvel grew up in Raleigh and trained at The Raleigh School of Ballet until moving to Pittsburgh at 16 to study with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. Other training included The School of the Atlanta Ballet, and the Houston Ballet Academy. Megan attended NC State University, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 1998. She received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Degree from NC State in 2004, focusing on psychological motivations of choreography and dance design. While a student at NC State, she was a member of the NCSU Dance Company under the direction of Robin Harris. Ms. Marvel served as the Assistant Director of the NC State Dance Program from 2001-2006. She has continued to perform and choreograph for the NCSU Dance Company and Robin Harris.


Ms. Marvel’s choreographic work has also been performed by Meredith College Dance Theatre and Raleigh Dance Theatre (RDT), and her work was selected by adjudication twice to be performed by RDT at the Southeast Regional Ballet Association Emerging Artist’s Programs. Megan now serves as the Associate Director of RDT and has served on faculty at The Raleigh School of Ballet since 1998. Megan is also a massage therapist and owns Natural Marvels Massage Therapy in Apex, where she lives with her husband, Rob Cranfill, and their daughter, Jacqueline.  


Embodying History through Movement Workshop with Tony Johnson

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 6:00 – 7:15 PM

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

This workshop is for dancers and non-dancers who are interested in learning about the history of Slavery and the Civil Rights Movement during the 1800s and the 1900s. Participants will be guided through an hour and fifteen minute warm-up reflecting on the slaves when they came to America, what happened once they became free, and the experiences of African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement and today. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect and discuss their own experiences throughout the workshop.


Tony Johnson began his dance training at age 16 at Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore Maryland, and continues to pursue it through Duke University's continuing education program. He has been a frequent student at the American Dance Festival for over 34 years, and a friend of the Duke Dance Program for 30 years. His studies include ballet, modern, jazz, and African. He has danced in works by world–renowned choreographers such as Clay Taliaferro, Betty Jones, and Chuck Davis. He has choreographed over 100 dances including works for church services at the Duke Chapel.


Tony's work combines dancing and spirituality. Indeed, throughout his dancing career, Tony has felt the presence of God when he dances and that God was calling him to use dance as his ministry. He received affirmation from many people in the church which led him to receive invitations to dance and choreograph for many liturgical services all over the East coast. He felt that he could be a better servant if he spent time studying scripture, time alone with God praying for knowledge and wisdom. He did a lot or reading of the saints and mystics, which he relates to in desiring intimacy with God that he experiences in his dancing.


While in Washington he spent a lot of time on the street encountering Christ. Out of that experience came his first major work titled Faith Journey based on the Gospels. In the summer of 2000, after hearing the call to go deeper in his ministry, he applied to the Servant Leadership School Disciple Year program. There he was to spend time serving the poor as well as studying scripture intensively at the school. He's choreographed over 25 works over the years reflecting the gospel, including Journey Through the City, a reflection on Christ boarded up in the abandoned houses in Baltimore, and The Last Supper, the final days of a young man dying from AIDS. Just recently he completed a work titled Acceptance as a part of the Triangle Dance Festival for AIDS. He has been featured in articles in Duke Today and the Durham Herald-Sun. Recently, he has been working on a three-year project titled Embodying History Through Movement.


He has taught and led workshops in several churches on how we read and live out the gospels in our everyday lives. He also led workshops as part of his project Embodying History Through Movement. He's been a guest speaker as well as facilitated workshops and movement class titled The Body as the Temple. He's also a member of Sacred Dance Guild, a group that shares their ministries in dance with the wider community.


"Creativity is the core of who we are, to discover it either through music, painting, sculpture, singing or dancing, it opens us up to the depth of who we are, explores the body, mind and spirit. It has no boundaries, it touches the depth of the soul, and seeks ways to deliver the Profound Messages which transform the lives of those who watch as well as those who create." -Tony C. Johnson


Latin Partnering with Marissa Wakley

Monday, April 13, 2015 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307


Marissa Wakley is originally from central Pennsylvania where she began dancing with a pre-professional ballet company at a young age. She continued her passion at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she received her BFA in dance performance. She was classically trained in ballet, tap, jazz and modern. Upon graduating Marissa danced professionally with Alchemy Dance Company and later began ballroom dancing. She was trained at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Narberth Pennsylvania where she taught beginners through advanced to social dance. She not also taught dance lessons, but entered in competitions with her students and co-workers. Although, Marissa has a passion for dance she has found her true love at Pure Barre where she is currently the lead teacher and trainer and loves every minute of it!



Horton Technique with Avis Hatcher-Puzzo

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

A native of Connecticut, Avis Hatcher-Puzzo is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Fayetteville State University. She holds a BA in Dance/Theater from Trinity College, an MFA in Theater Arts and Dance from Case Western Reserve University, and an MS in Education from Capella University. Professor Hatcher-Puzzo has trained in Horton, Cunningham and Graham techniques and studied with Judy Dworin, Garth Fagan, Clay Taliaferro, Darius Hockman, Ned Williams and Kathryn Karipides.


As a dancer with Paul Hall's Contemporary Dance Theatre (a former member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), and the dance company Mikata, she founded Wette Paint Dance Theater, a contemporary dance and theater company that toured the East coast.


Her professional colleagues include Frederick Curry, faculty member NYU dance department, Kim Stroud, former Graham company member and Director of The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, and Jo Matos of the Joffery Ballet. Having trained students who are now graduates of The Alvin Ailey School, Temple University dance department, New York University dance department, and University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Ms. Hatcher-Puzzo has been a North Carolina resident since 2008.


Since joining the Performing and Fine Arts department at Fayetteville State University, she has choreographed numerous productions including You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Clue: The Musical and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Professor Hatcher-Puzzo has also created a Minor in Dance for the university and developed the FSU Dance Ensemble, a touring dance company.




Register for a Master Class

Master classes are FREE for NC State students, faculty and staff, but space is limited and preregistration is required. You may register for individual classes or for the entire series by emailing Please specify the dates of the classes you are interested in taking.


Classes are open to NC State students, faculty and staff. Classes listed as "Intermediate" are designed for students with at least two years of previous dance experience. All other classes are open to students of all experience levels.