Welcome to Dance

The dance minor at UNC Asheville prepares students to have a developed knowledge of their bodies as dancers and to be collegiate dance-makers who are connected to a question-based approach to research in movement and writing. Importantly the dance minor helps students articulate their voices in the world through a burgeoning dialogue between dance movement practices, engaged scholarship and, creative processes.

Classes are taught in the dance studio in the Sherrill Center, and student dancers typically perform once a semester in the university’s Carol Belk Theatre, and sometimes in other venues.

UNC Asheville’s Dance Program is directed by Mustapha Braimah, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance. In addition to his teaching, Braimah tours annually with Azaguno Inc., an international touring group, which focuses on research, preservation, education, and performance of traditional African American, Caribbean and Latin America music and dance and maintains a lifelong affiliation with the National Dance Company of Ghana where he has had his professional training.

Dancers active in the Asheville arts community also teach courses as part of UNC Asheville’s dance program.