Baba Chuck Davis, who was the Dance Program's first Professor of African Dance, is being remembered not just for his contributions to dance, but for the many hugs and blessings of peace he bestowed during his decades in Durham.
Please visit our tribute page: https://danceprogram.duke.edu/chuck-davis-memorial. If you would like to contribute comments, please email our publicity director, ...Read More
"Dear Friends, Thank you all for working with our development team to bring to life the growth and impact of the arts at Duke. It was lovely to watch you dance, to hear you reflect on the value of arts in the classroom, and inspiring to hear how the arts enrich your lives. I am grateful. Best, Dick Brodhead" Richard Brodhead, President of Duke University’s, thank-you note to Professor Andrea E. Woods Valdés and students, Sara Yuen and Molly Paley, for their...Read More
Thomas F. DeFrantz has won the 2017 Award for Outstanding Scholarly Research in Dance from the Congress on Research in Dance. The award recognizes an exceptional scholar for sustained contributions to dance research. In making the announcement, the awards committee scholarship by DeFrantz has contributed substantially to understanding of aesthetics and race politics and has inspired a reevaluation of race and dance history. DeFrantz will receive the honor at the organization’s annual...Read More
I’m thrilled to invite you to a Feedback Screening that features, (among others), the Duke Sex-Ed squad in scenes they created as part of my Performing Sexual Health course this past fall. The Duke scenes, along with scenes created by students at NCCU and UNC-CH, were shot by documentary director/editor/producer Matt...Read More
Looking for something interesting to do this summer?
Given your dance experience, you might be interested in this research opportunity.
Indian-American dancer Mythili Prakash residency in Bharatanatyam dance at Duke University launches the Duke India Initiative.
Mythili, a dynamic young Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer, will visit Duke February 1-5 and March 1-5 to offer a residency at the Duke Dance Program. The residency includes workshops and choreographing a piece for Duke student dancers for presentation at the Duke Dance Department’s mainstage concert, ChoreoLab, at 7:30...Read More
Asst. Professor Andrea E. Woods Valdés will present her video installation, "new moon sister" at the Shimmer: The Art of Light festival. Works by various artists will be installed between Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Go to http://shimmerevent.com for more information.
Friday, February 10, 2017 - ...
The Dance Program and African & African American Studies (AAAS) will convene a series of events that underscore the reach of diasporic dance humanities in Spring 2017.
- January 31, visual artist and choreogrpahic collaborator Lamont Hamilton will visit the Duke campus in an artist residency, sharing work he recently showed at...
Prof. Thomas F. DeFrantz featured in article, “Crystal Bridges continues to inspire on fifth anniversary.”Read More
Durham, N.C. – SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology, in association with Duke Performances, announces the one-day symposium, ACCUMULATIONS: Exploring the Legacies of Trisha Brown.
"Choreography and Corporeality - Relay in Motion", editors: Thomas F. DeFrantz, Philipa Rothfield.
This book renews thinking about the moving body by drawing on dance practice and performance from across the world. Eighteen internationally recognised scholars show how dance can challenge our thoughts and feelings about our own and other...Read More
Featuring recent news about Dance Program students and faculty.
Edited by: Dr. Purnima Shah
Please click the link below to download the Newsletter PDFRead More
We thought you might be interested in how Duke New Student Programs is preparing our first year students to come to campus. Take a look at their YouTube channel here:...Read More
A project manager is being sought to join a research team for the 2016-2017 academic year that includes faculty members from Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill and graduate and undergraduate students. The research will be conducted in Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools assessing the health of middle-school children as participants in an afterschool yoga program. The research project is funded by the Bass Connections initiative at Duke University.
Duties will include:
Michael Kliën, Ph.D. will join the Duke Dance Program faculty in Spring, 2017. Professor Kliën has worked individually and collaborated extensively all over Europe and the USA in an artistic capacity, as well as an academic educator. He has guest-taught at six MFA programs in European universities. "My teaching offers ...Read More
Duke Dance Program Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz will be one of several Duke professors featured in Moogfest, a three-day celebration of art and technology, which kicks off its first Durham appearance, centered on downtown performance venues, hotels and clubs, May 19-22.
Professor DeFrantz's performance,...Read More
Read the article on the Bass Connections website.Read More
Srinivas Aravamudan, professor of English and former dean of the humanities at Duke, died on Wednesday. He was 54....Read More
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) announces a new fellowship in honor of DanceAfrica founding elder Baba Chuck Davis. This unique opportunity is open to emerging choreographers, offering dance practitioners a chance to travel to Africa and study with one or more experts in African dance, as determined by the awardee’s project proposal. The fellowship offers up to $9,000 in funding for travel, accommodations, and research expenses.
The selection committee is comprised of various members...Read More
A conversation in movement with four female dance artists of the African diaspora
April 10 – 13, 2016
Convened by: Thomas F. DeFrantz (Chair, AAAS), Dasha Chapman (Postdoc, AAAS),
Mario LaMothe (Postdoc, Women’s Studies), Ava LaVonne Vinesett (Associate Professor, Dance) and Moarabi Kakabalo (Undergraduate, Engineering)
April 10 – 13, 2016, Duke University will host a four-day...
Read the article from the Duke Chronicle, January 21, 2016.Read More
American Ballet Theatre has tapped Duke Alum ('00) and former Dance Program student, Kara Medoff Barnett, as its executive director. ...Read More
It is my sincere pleasure to join you this evening. Thank you so much to Purnima and to everyone in the Dance program for the gracious invitation. I hope that you are anticipating with as much excitement as I am the performances that we will witness.
I must tell you that I am thrilled by what this department, these faculty members, staff members, and students mean to the liberal arts education that we are able to deliver in Trinity. I am inspired by all that my colleagues in this...Read More
An SDHS Special Topics Conference at the Center for Ballet and the Arts, New York University, and the Department of Dance, Barnard College, Columbia University
May 20-21, 2016
Call for Papers
Contemporary ballet is undoubtedly a recognizable genre for most dancers. It is...
The new Arts Center is expected to be a “game-changer for the arts at Duke” at the corner of Anderson Street and Campus Drive across from the Nasher Museum of Art. Construction is set to begin next month.
Link to Duke Chronicle article, by Amrith Ramkumar, Monday, October 5: http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2015/10/...Read More
The Duke University Program in Dance seeks an outstanding dance researcher and artist practitioner who will contribute significantly to the new MFA in Dance: Live Art and Embodied Practice, in teaching, research, and the advising of MFA thesis projects. We welcome an individual who will both expand and extend the areas of expertise of the current faculty in terms of research, international engagement, and teaching across degree programs (MFA and BA). We value a colleague whose research is...Read More
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has published an article by Prof. Ava LaVonne Vinesett, Miurel Price, and Dr. Kenneth H. Wilson called "Therapeutic Potential of a Drum and Dance Ceremony Based on the African Ngoma Tradition." The research and clinical trial was made possible through the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation and the Duke Dance Program.
CADD hosted our inaugural conference, Dancing the African Diaspora: Theories of Black Performance at Duke University, February 7-9, 2014. The next CADD conference will be held at Duke University, February 19-21, 2016. Click here to go to the CADD website.
ABOUT THE COLLEGIUM FOR AFRICAN DIASPORA DANCE (CADD)
The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD) is an egalitarian...
Read Prof. Andrea E. Woods Valdés inspirational article published by Duke Magazine.Read More
Featuring recent news about Dance Program students and faculty.
Edited by: Dr. Purnima Shah
Please click the link below to download the Newsletter PDF
The Dance Program mourns the loss of this wonderful artist. Please join family and friends of Jan Van Dyke for a memorial gathering on Saturday, August 22 at 3:00pm in the Dance Theater on the UNCG campus. The program will celebrate Jan’s life and career as an artist, scholar, teacher, and friend through selected speakers and video. A reception will follow the program. Please be aware that seating in the theater is extremely limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis...Read More
The feature film, "Alto," written and directed by Mikki del Monico, is the Women's Feature at the NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, August 14-22. Duke Dance Program instructor Natalie Marrone's choreography, using traditional Italian dance, serves as the pivoting point in the film starring Annabella Sciorra, Diana DeGarmo, Billy Wirth, Lin Tucci, and Natalie Knepp.
Shot on location in New York City, Marrone choreographed the Italian Festival scene with dancers from North...
Congratulations to Courtney Kristen Liu on her debut in the New York Broadway cast of the Phantom of the Opera, June 13, 2015! LINK: http://www.thephantomoftheopera.com/new-york-people/cast/courtney-kristen-liuRead More
Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Atlanta, Georgia (July 7, 2015) – To inaugurate its stunning 2015 season, the National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) presents the all-day Symposium “Dance Across the Diaspora: A Historical Lens on a Black Cultural Movement” on Saturday, July 18 at the High Museum of Art. Through discussion, presentation and participatory offerings, local, national and international dance experts, scholars and...
June 27-28, 2015
Duke University // SLIPPAGE: Performance, Culture, Technology
SLIPPAGE: Performance, Culture and Technology at Duke University will host a two-day event on June 27 and 28, 2015 to address how curatorial practice and live arts presenting can engage the particular concerns of audiences and artists of color. Configurations in Motion: Performance Curation and Communities of Color will gather performers, curators, scholars, presenters, and managers from throughout...Read More
Monica Hogan, Duke Grad and Dance Major, is featured in this article published on Bustle. com: http://www.bustle.com/articles/71542-it-marketing-manager-by-day-dancer-by-night-how-monica-hogan-manages-her-double-lifeRead More
The Duke Dance Program would like to congratulate Ellen Brown (left) and Rebecca "Becky" Holmes (right) for achieving a Distinction with their senior projects!
Ellen Brown, senior in Dance and Psychology, titled her project "The Effects of Emotion in Dance Performance on Observers’ Immediate Emotional State."
Dance major Rebecca Holmes' project was titled "Dance in Elementary Education as a Means to Increase Collaborative and Creative Development of Students" which included an...Read More
Adjunct instructor Natalie Marrone choreographed a crucial dance scene for the film, "Alto," which recently won the Audience Choice Award at the VisionFest film festival at Tribeca Cinemas in New York. Natalie also announced that the film has been accepted into the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco.
Marrone’s choreography, using traditional Italian dance, serves as the pivoting point in the film ALTO starring Annabella Sciorra, Diana DeGarmo, Billy Wirth, Lin Tucci, and Natalie...Read More
Her final project, a few notes of mine, from Dance for the Camera (Dance 306s) has been chosen to be featured in the University of South Florida Dance Shorts: College Film Festival Gala. Her work will be screened on April 18th, 2015 in the Concert Hall at 7:30pm.
See more Duke Dance for the Camera works -...Read More
Dear members of the Duke community,
The recent racially charged events on campus, including the display of a noose on the Bryan Center plaza, bring to us all a heightened awareness of the persistent effort required to ensure that Duke is experienced by all as a welcoming community that embraces diversity. At yesterday’s event on the Chapel steps, undergraduate students, graduate students, and members of the administration spoke eloquently to affirm of Duke’s commitment to this ideal...Read More
The International Colloquium: The Contemporary African in the Performing Arts - Theoretical, Poetical and Pedagogic Perspectives
The central aim of the colloquium is to increase the dialogues among artists, researchers and educators who are dedicated to the studies of contemporary afro-Brazilian and african diasporic cultures and their insertions with the field of Performing Arts. This international meeting intends to share and compare different approaches and research methodologies,...Read More
Duke Performances is seeking ambitious, highly-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented individuals at the undergraduate or graduate level with an interest in arts administration to assist the Duke Performances staff for summer (mid-May to mid-August) and academic year (early September to late April) internships. Internships are paid and provide a unique opportunity to learn about and be directly involved in all facets of arts administration from a leading university-based arts presenting...Read More
The Duke University Dance Program will present its spring dance concert, ChoreoLab 2015, at 8 p.m. on March 27-28 in Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke University.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or from the Duke Box Office (tickets.duke.edu or 919-684-4444).
This year’s ChoreoLab will be presented as a tribute to Dr. Laurie Patton, who is stepping down as the Dean of Trinity College Arts and Sciences to accept the position of President at Middlebury College.
From the Raleigh News & Observer: "Duke Dance Program Hosts Series." by Jonathan M. Alexander,
February 28, 2015. http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/28/4590338_dance-group-performs-teaches-art.html?rh=1
'HOT WATER – Water, Peace & War' will form a virtual exhibition, made by entries from artists, scientists, activists and youth from around the world.
Deadline 14 March 2015. Detailed info in English, Español & ...
James Strong has 14 years of professional experience performing ballet and modern dance in diverse styles from a broad spectrum of choreographers. James strives to teach students proper classical technique while emphasizing musicality, personal expression and the performance aspect of the art form. His previous performance experience with San Francisco-based Smuin Ballet, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, and Koresh Dance Company has given him a rich and rewarding outlook in defining the...Read More
"Odissi Stars at a Dance Festival in Chennai, India" - Read the recent article in the New York Times regarding the Nrityagram company, which will be in residence and performing at Duke, January 20-22. (For more info, go to Events)
Editor's Report on the Duke University Dance Program, Purnima Shah, Editor.Read More
Prof. Andrea Woods Valdés writes: "Hi Friends, just passing on the news. I few years ago I did a phone interview with Mary for an article I wrote about her friend and fellow Graham dancer, Matt Turney. Seeing Mary Hinkson (also from Philly) dance in "A Dancer's World" was a turning point in my life."Read More
New Modern, African, Ballet, and Jazz works by dance faculty: Andrea E. Woods Valdés, Ava LaVonne Vinesett, Tyler Walters, Nina Wheeler and advanced student choreographers: Ellen Brown, Stephanie Joe, Haylee Levin, and Anne Talkington.
Friday, November 21
Saturday, November 22
8 p.m. | Reynolds Industries Theater
See our blog for new works by:
Katalina Bock, Ellen Brown, Cindy Li, Claire Tucker, Julie Bellantoni, AJ Laudenslager, Haylee Levin, Natalie Lubin, Claire Tucker, Lauren Rosen. Featuring dancers: Sarah Atkinson, Casey Black, Cosette Glodstien, Stephanie Jo, Kendall Covington, Melissa Lee, Jennifer Margano, Anika Richter, Kaley Thornton.
Read all about Christina Lan's experience in the Experiential Anatomy Workshop led by visiting artists Kate Trammel and Sharon Babcock. http://www.dukechronicle.com/blogs/playground/posts/2014/10/02/namely-muscles-first-spineRead More
Ava LaVonne Vinesett, Director of Undergraduate Studies & Associate Professor of the Practice of Dance and Faculty Director of the Baldwin Scholars Program, writes about being in Brazil not for the World Cup. http://sites.fhi.duke.edu/globalbrazil/category/news/blog/Read More
On Friday, September 5, 11:45AM-1:00PM, Richard Vinesett, Director of Music for African Dance within the Dance Program, will conduct a class on West African drumming in the Ark Dance Studio.
This class will be in conjunction with Dance 375-Music for Dancers. Students will learn about the musical instruments used to perform this music, basic rhythms, how to hear a break, and more. No prior experience necessary.
There are a limited number of spaces available for Duke students,...Read More
Conceived and Performed by Thomas F. DeFrantz, DUKE Professor of African and African American Studies, Dance, and Theater Studies, with Kenneth David Stewart.
SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology announces the premiere of where did i think i was going? [moving into signal], a dance technology interface work, to be performed at the PSI Theater at Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC, on August 28 and 29, 2014.
Performances are at 7pm Thursday and Friday,...Read More
John Hanks, Staff Associate with the Duke Dance Program, provides live accompaniment for American Dance Festival classes at Duke University, whether the dancers need a slow warm-up piece, a waltz, or a "full-tilt boogie." He's an improvisational one-man band!" View Youtube video: http://youtu.be/OSDT1nty6oY
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Keval Kaur Khalsa, a Faculty Advisory Board member of the Duke Office of Civic Engagement, discusses how Duke helps her engage in the community, why universities are an important incubator for artists, and why yoga and movement are essential de-stressors for her students.Read More
Here some photos of the new dance floor in the Ark, as well as snapshots of the new locker rooms located in the lower level.
Read this Duke Chronicle article featuring Duke Dance Program Professors, Thomas H. DeFrantz and Keval Khalsa.Read More
Andrea Woods Valdés, Associate Professor of the Practice of Dance at Duke, is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Her academic focus is on women in the arts, Afro-Cuban dance and music, and the history and culture of the African diaspora. She is also a video artist and musician. .... CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORYRead More
Cardea Fellow and senior Miurel Price is studying how dance therapy can improve the health of elderly populations.
Price is a Program II major studying artistic holistic therapies and their contribution to healthcare, with a specific focus on dance therapy. Holistic therapies are forms of alternative medicine that focus on healing the whole person—including their psychological, physical and social needs—rather than a specific disease or issue.
The Fayetteville, North Carolina native began working with Grace Healthcare of Durham, a local nursing home, to fulfill a service-learning requirement for a...Read More
Keval Kaur Khalsa, Associate Professor of the Practice of Dance & Theater Studies at Duke University, and Michele Berger, Associate Professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, have received a Bass Connections grant from Duke University for their research project Mindfulness In Education & Human Development.
Launched by a $50 million gift from Anne and Robert Bass, Bass Connections supports interdisciplinary teams...Read More
Apr. 30, 2014 @ 01:14 PM. By Susan Broili; special to The Herald-Sun.
If a theater production could be compared to a bagel, Andrea E. Woods’ new show would be of the everything variety. That’s because, for the first time, she’s been able to concoct an evening-length work that has everything she’s always wanted to include. Her new work, “The Amazing Adventures of Grace May B. Brown,” features dance, music, singing, narration, folk art and photographic images. ...Read More
Professor DeFrantz and SLIPPAGE played a contributing roll in a recent Dance Theater of Harlem performance of “past-carry-forward.” Read the New York Times review here: http://nyti.ms/1tMBVvw .Read More
Monica Hogan Danceworks held a contemporary masterclass at Duke University on Saturday, April 19th in the Ark Studio. The class was led by Duke Dance alumnae Monica Hogan (T'12) and Courtney Liu (T'13). Beginning with a warmup and some improvisation exercises, they finished off with some repertory movement from recent performances in NYC. Location: Ark Dance Studio. This masterclass was sponsored by the Duke Dance Program Backstage Events.Read More
Black Performance Theory, edited by Thomas F. DeFrantz and Anita Gonzalez
Published by Duke University Press
"Black performance theory is a rich interdisciplinary area of study and critical method. In this collection of new essays, some of its pioneering thinkers demonstrate the breadth and depth, innovation, and critical value of black performance theory."
Since Duke University began allowing distinction projects for seniors outside their majors, the Dance Program has seen an explosion of students combining their academic disciplines with their love of dance. Trinity College approved the possibility of students graduating with distinction in a field outside their major about four years ago to recognize the fact that a number of students do develop a secondary interest sufficiently to be able to do distinguished work in that area, said Norman...Read More
Ballet forward: (re)thinking and (re)forming western classicism in dance, a new Duke University Dance Program initiative, presented the Elizabeth Corbett Residency – April 3-5. Titled "Forsythe Improvisation Technologies Workshop Series", Ms. Corbett led students in an...Read More
After what seems like the longest winter, this spring’s dance concert by the Duke Dance Program, “ChoreoLab 2014,” offers to “reset your clock” as well as pay tribute to a Duke graduate who passed away in 2007.
ChoreoLab 2014 will be performed Friday and Saturday, March 28 – 29, at 8 p.m. in the Reynolds Industries Theater in the Bryan Center on Duke’s West Campus.
Barbara Dickinson, Professor of the Practice of Dance, has choreographed a modern piece for 11...
The Dance Program was honored to have members of the Urban Bush Women dance company participate in a two-week residency from January 26 to February 8. Founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Paloma McGregor and Bennalldra Williams conducted two masterclasses for Duke Dance majors and minors in the Ark. They also invited students from Durham's Hillside High School to two Dance for Every Body workshops. Jawole was a guest artist in the dance composition class, Beyond Technique: Art of Performance,...Read More
On Friday, Feb. 21 and Monday, Feb. 24, students in the "Beyond Technique: Art of Performance" classes had the opportunity to work with Emeritus Professor Clay Taliaferro. Also an award-winning performer and choreographer, Clay generously spent time with Dance Program students.
"My studio work (technique) or, as I prefer to call it, exploration of movement, continues to...Read More
Five Duke dance students spent this past summer in China, introducing into the country a new concept: summer dance camp. Their trip is the latest episode in a remarkable history of engagement between dancers from Duke and China. It’s a story that says a great deal about the passion, commitment, and entrepreneurial spirit of Duke’s dance community.
The incubator is the DukeEngage program in Zhuhai and its guiding spirit, Hsiao-mei Ku. For the past four...Read More
This year, Dance faculty Keval Kaur Khalsa and four dance students spent five days of their precious spring break at the ACDFA Southeast Regional Conference at the University of South Florida in Tampa, March 16-17, 2013. Keval introduced Kundalini Yoga & Meditation to approximately 75 students and faculty attendees in two workshops during the Conference. Some of the personal highlights for Prof. Khalsa were: participating in a Yin Yoga class with former Duke visiting faculty member...Read More
Amidst the highly choreographed pomp and ceremony of Duke University's Commencement this year, an honorary doctorate will be awarded to a true pioneer in choreography, Judith Jamison. For Duke's flourishing Dance Program, it will be an occasion to savor....Read More