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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 & Global Dance 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.


FALL 2014 Master Class Schedule

Modern with Matthew Thornton

Friday September 5, 2014 from 4:00-5:30pm

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Non-traditional partnering explores dynamic relationships between two or more individuals as they negotiate weight, balance, structure, creativity, leading and following through time and space. Focus will be placed on developing engaging physical conversations with a partner, as well as becoming an adaptable and contributing member of a larger group. Elements from Pilobolus technique, Contact Improvisation and Capoeira will be incorporated.

Matthew Thornton is a movement artist that combines dance, theater, somatic practice, martial arts and partnering for training, performance, and choreography. Thornton performed internationally with Pilobolus Dance Theater in concert dance, commercial work, and at the 79th Academy Awards. He has worked as a performer and teacher for Pilobolus since 2003. Previous dance companies include Jody Oberfelder, Freespace Dance, Alice Farley Dance Theater, and Contemporary Motions. 
Matthew Thornton taught at Hope College and joined The University of Richmond's faculty as Assistant Professor of Dance in Fall 2011 where he currently teaches Capoeira, Contact Improvisation, Outdoor Training, and sets choreography for University Dancers and University of Richmond Theatre Productions.
Thornton co-founded Agua Dulce Dance Theater with dancer, choreographer and University of Richmond dance faculty Alicia Díaz, creating work for concert dance, outdoor environments, multi-media, and site-specific projects.  Currently Agua Dulce is in collaboration with Steven Iannacone and Catch Me Dance, as well as visual, sound and video artists Oliver Lyons, Kim Su Theiler and Alexis Raskin.
In the Faculty Movement Research Studio at the University of Richmond, Thornton and Diaz undergo on-going creative research and movement technique development through individual training as well as open group presentations and workshops in the creative process, martial arts, contemporary dance, body-conditioning and improvisational movement forms. The Studio provides a space for University of Richmond faculty, students, alumni, Richmond community members and guest artists to engage and grow through focused movement practice.


Latin Fusion with Marissa Wakley

Saturday September 20, 2014 from 9:30 – 10:30am

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

Learn how to salsa, cha-cha and merengue with the Latin fusion class.  The class is designed to help you learn the basic steps in all three dances and learn a combination that you can do socially with a partner or without.  


Marissa Wakley is originally from central Pennsylvania where 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 graduation 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 lesson 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!


Writing and Moving with Claire Porter

Monday, September 29, 2014 from 4:00-5:30pm

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307


The workshop, Writing and Moving, will explore ways of incorporating text with movement. Eliciting new ways of expression by “choreographing” language and “speaking” movement can be an adventure into new territory, what every artist loves. We will begin by zeroing in on one idea/action, then expand to writing/playing and teasing out ideas, and then to generating movement. From there we will develop, combine, overlay and edit the material according to the structures inherent in the idea/action. Plan to come away with the beginnings of a new piece.

Claire Porter of Claire Porter / PORTABLES is a writer, dancer and choreographer whose work has been performed in Scotland, Germany, Holland, Latvia, Korea and India and in the US at The Joyce Theater, Town Hall, American Dance Festival, Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival and The Kennedy Center with the American College Dance Festival. Porter is a Guggenheim Fellow 2013 and has received National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, New Jersey State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowships and Mid-Atlantic Choreography Fellowships. Her most recent work SEN-TENCE performed at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater in NYC included Falling for Prepositions, And/But, Witnessing Adverbs and Pronoun Emergency. She has received many university commissions for her work most recently Sentenced to Sentences for Montclair State, Having Conjunctions for NYU and Out of The Question for Purchase College. Porter has an MA in Dance from Ohio State, a BA in Mathematics, and is a Laban Movement Analyst. 

Contemporary with Ronald West

Saturday October 4, 2014 from 9:00-10:15am

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 the North Carolina 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. lead 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.


African Dance with L.D. Burris

Saturday October 18, 2014 from 9-10:30am

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307

L. D. Burris, will take you on a trip through the African diaspora, exploring its people through music, culture and dance: to help the students gain a basic understanding of African dance as both an art form, as well as to recognize its significance to familial traditions. This class will sample dance and music from several different countries from the continent Africa.

Lavender “L.D.” Burris is a founding member and former principal dancer with Chuck Davis' African-American Dance Ensemble for ten years.  He has performed throughout the United States in the works of Chuck Davis, Pearl Primus, Donald McKayle, Assane Konte, and Pele Camara. Mr. Burris has also performed with the Jose Limon Dance Company in Mexico, The North Carolina Black Repertory Company, New Performing Dance Company, Ways and Means Dance Company, in the works of Clay Taliaferro, and was a featured cast member of the National Black Theatre Festival's production of Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope.


A former marine and a North Carolina native, Mr. Burris has taught dance to students of all ages in master classes and residencies throughout the US.  A former adjunct faculty member at Meredith College, and Peace College, L.D. is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of 2 Near the Edge Dance Company (with Keval Kaur Khalsa). L. D. has been commissioned twice to choreograph dances for NC State’s Panoramic Dance Project and is a choreographer for Raleigh Little Theatre.


Advanced Modern/Post-Modern Dance with Autumn Mist Belk

Friday October 24, 2014 from 4-5:30pm

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307


This fast-paced technique class emphasizes correct anatomical alignment while concentrating on moving through space with quick, precise directional changes. Experience the fundamentals of Horton modern dance technique combined with more fluid contemporary styles as we run, jump, fly, fall, roll, and turn upside-down!


Autumn Mist Belk earned her B.A. in dance and studio art from the University of Alabama and her M.F.A. in dance choreography from the University of Maryland, and she is currently a Teaching Assistant Professor at NC State University, teaching dance, yoga, and gymnastics. Outside of academia, Autumn serves as artistic director of the professional multi-media modern dance group Code f.a.d. Company, and her choreographic work has been presented throughout the United States, including recent performances in New York, Houston, and Seattle.


As a filmmaker, Autumn’s dance films have been recognized by filmSPARK in Raleigh and have screened at Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC; Autumn has also recently participated in the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy in Le Creusot, France. Autumn was honored to be selected as a 2009 and 2013 Regional Artist Project Grant recipient from United Arts, the 2010 Choreography Fellowship winner from the NC Dance Alliance, recipient of the Sue Stinson Education Grant in 2011, a choreographer for the NC Dance Festival Tour for the 2008-2009, 2010-2011 and 2012-2013 seasons, and as a teaching and performing artist in the Durham Arts Council’s 2010-2012 CAPS directory for public school programs.

Dance/Theatre Devising Workshop with Julia Rhoads

Saturday October 25, 2014 from 11:00am – 1:00pm

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307


Julia Rhoads is the founding Artistic Director of Lucky Plush Productions. She has created and directed over 25 dance theater works in collaboration with the company, several of which have toured extensively throughout the US. Other choreography credits include Lookingglass Theatre’s The Great Fire, Walkabout Theater’s Mama: A Play for Voices, Redmoon’s Project Y, and River North Chicago Dance Company’s Oasis and Between Three, among others. Julia is the recipient of the 2013 Alpert Award in Dance, a fellowship from the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award, a Cliff Dwellers Choreography Award, two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, and a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, and she was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2010.


She was honored with the 2014 Fractured Atlas Arts Entrepreneurship Award for her work with Creative Partners, a financial model that provides professional fundraising for three arts organizations: Lucky Plush Productions, eighth blackbird and Blair Thomas & Co. Julia is a former member of the San Francisco Ballet and ensemble member of XSIGHT! Performance Group. She received her BA in History from Northwestern University, her MFA in Performance from the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and she is currently a Lecturer and Dance Advisor at University of Chicago's department of Theater and Performance Studies.


Modern with Leah Wilks

Tuesday October 28, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:30pm

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, Studio A DanceArts, 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.


Modern with Jack Arnold

Tuesday December 2, 2014 from 6:00 – 7:30pm

Carmichael Dance Studio 2307


Jack Arnold, a native of Enfield, NC, is a full time residential real estate Realtor/Broker with Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby's International Realty. Prior to his work in real estate, Jack enjoyed a twenty year career in modern dance as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. As a member of Pilobolus Dance Theatre from 1887-1991, he toured extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East. He has performed with numerous other companies and choreographers including The Atlanta Contemporary Dance Company and Synergic Theater, Lucas Hoving, Paul Sanasardo, Bill Evans, Dan Wagoner, and Robin Harris. 


He has taught, choreographed and performed at colleges and universities throughout the Southeast, served on the faculties of the Pilobolus Institute and the American Dance Festival, conducted a month long residency with the Guangdong Dance Company in Guangzhou, China, and is a past recipient of the NC Arts Council Choreographer's Fellowship. Jack received his BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts and his MFA from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.



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.