Dance at UNC Asheville

Dance Programming

Our dance programming includes further study opportunities in the form of master classes and master class intensives with visiting artists. These opportunities cross the spectrum and diversity of modern and postmodern dance making. Through our programming, students gain an awareness of the incredible range of professional dance in the world.

Performance opportunities include both informal and formal ways of showing consisting of in-class learning, choreographic research and final works. Movement classes incorporate both work-in-progress and final class showings in informal settings. In the Fall semester we share our new works and in-progress works informally in the Dance studio for the Fall Dance Happening. In the Spring, we share our class work through in-praxis showings on the campus Quads. Each semester student work is formally shared at UNC Asheville’s Carol Belk Theater, which is an intimate theater in the round. In the Fall semester, this formal showing is a collaboratively produced production and in the Spring semester the program shows work as a Spring Dance Sharing. In addition, faculty members often engage with and mentor students directly by incorporating them into larger projects shown in the community and on campus.

Dance Classroom Space

The 351 Dance space is located on the second floor of the Sherrill Center at UNC Asheville. This studio space is sprung to industry standards and has wood flooring. This light studio is employed for technique, choreography and hybrid academic classes in the dance department as well for student lab rehearsals, work-in-progress showings, visiting artist intensives and faculty rehearsals.

Visiting Artists and Artist/Scholars

  • Souleymane Badolo
  • Lacina Coulibaly
  • Jana Schmuck
  • Christal Brown
  • Nickels Duran
  • Mair Culbreth
  • Momar Ndiaye