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 Celia Bambara, assistant professor of dance. In addition to her teaching, Bambara maintains a bi-national dance company in the Ivory Coast and North Carolina. She directs the CCBdance Project, which she co-founded in 2006 with Christian Bambara, to promote intercultural understanding and peace through experimental African-based contemporary dance.

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