Special Opportunities

At UNC Charlotte, you’ll receive an exemplary dance education in a culturally vibrant city. The UNC Charlotte Department of Dance provides integrated dance training and academic preparation in a diverse community that values lived experience, creative process, and performance. We invite you to join us as we build a community hub for inclusive, accessible, and antiracist dance practices and studies. Here, we highlight just a few of the special opportunities to expand your education and experience!

STudents perform in NYC

On April 22, 2023, UNC Charlotte dance students premiered a reimagined work by the iconic choreographer Martha Graham that had not been seen since 1977. And not only did they bring to life a dance piece that no contemporary audience had ever seen, they performed it on America’s most famous stage for modern dance, the Joyce Theater in New York City.

For the 10 students who performed in the Martha Graham Dance Company University Partners Showcase, it was a dream come true, funded by the Department of Dance and the College of Arts + Architecture. Hosted by the oldest dance company in the United States, the students enjoyed three days of classes, rehearsals, and performance – the culmination of months of preparation under the direction of Associate Professor of Dance Kim Jones. Learn more about their adventure here.


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Lorenzo Pagano is a soloist for the Martha Graham Dance Company, which he joined in 2012. He gave taught our Graham classes and also trained students for their performance in Graham Co’s University Partners Showcase.

In 1990, Lauren Anderson became the first African-American to be promoted to principal dancer at Houston Ballet. The Department of Dance hosted Anderson in residency with Charlotte Ballet in the Fall of 2022.

Hope Boykin joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in 2000 and joined our Department of Dance for a masterclass while on tour in Charlotte for Ailey’s performance at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

STUdents in the community

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April 13, 2023: Students joined professor Tamara Wiliams for classes and performances as part of the Lavagem! festival, a multi-day celebration of indigenous and African Brazilian arts and culture.

November 30, 2022: Students perform an original work choreographed by Associate Professor Delia Neil as part of the Wednesday Night Live series at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

March 16, 2022: Dance student Aaryana Henry performed at the Loose Leaves Showcase in a piece choreographed by dance alumna Reneé Welsh-Noel ’16. (Photo: Dick Costa)

community open classes

Calling all North Carolina high school dance programs and studios! UNC Charlotte Dance offers FREE master classes with our faculty in modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and African Brazilian dance followed by a short information session on our exciting programs. We would love to connect with you and your students! To schedule a master class at your school or studio please email Director of Undergraduate Studies Tamara Williams.

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