About the Department of Dance

our mission

The Department of Dance provides exemplary, integrated dance training and academic preparation in a diverse and inclusive community that values lived experience, creative process, and performance. Through intersections of artistry, education, and inquiry, the department centers embodied practices, histories, and research to nurture and support individuals.

Our vision is to become a community hub for inclusive, accessible, and antiracist dance practices and studies by strengthening existing networks and building new connections through embodied work. Learn more about the Department of Dance. 


The Department of Dance is a diverse community where students access many different dance styles. We focus on modern and contemporary dance, classical and contemporary ballet, and dance forms of African and the African diaspora. 

The Department of Dance is part of the College of Arts +Architecture. Unique in North Carolina, the College includes the School of Architecture and departments of Art and Art History, Music, Theatre, and Dance. This provides our students with interdisciplinary opportunities in an exciting environment. CoA+A students may attend concerts and events across the College and visit uptown art galleries for free.

Charlotte is home to resident professional dance companies and to major theaters offering performances by touring companies. Dance students benefit through masterclasses, like with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and by seeing multiple concerts per year.

Deepening our commitment to an equitable community and curriculum, faculty and students in the Department of Dance engage in social justice work through faculty research projects, coursework, and offerings by guest instructors. The department participates in workshops developed by the College of Arts + Architecture Equity Council and several faculty members are current students in the Graduate Certificate in Anti-Racism in Urban Education (ARUE).

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All students in the Department of Dance may audition to perform in two fully produced concerts a year choreographed by faculty and guest artists. Our students have been lucky to work as part of National Endowment for the Arts-funded faculty research projects and with guest artists, including Lauren AndersonNejla Yatkin, Ananya Chatterjea, Claudia Lavista, Netta Yerushalmy, and Janet Schroeder. Students also choreograph and perform their own works in the department-produced Under Construction concert and as part of student groups, Range of Motion Dance Ensemble and MOVE Dance Alliance.



The Department of Dance provides exemplary liberal arts educations for students who desire professional and personal engagement with dance. We offer BA degree plans for majors interested in Dance Performance, Choreography, and Theory, Applied Dance, or Dance Education, and an Applied Dance degree that supports double majors. Our Advanced Dance Studies Certificate is designed for students who want to create a senior project. In partnership with professional dance companies, the Department offers a Professional Training Certificate in Dance with the Charlotte Ballet and an internship program with Baran Dance. Our Musical Theatre Certificate offers interdisciplinary training for students interested in that field.

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