Student & Alumni Testimonials
Are you considering studying dance at Duke? Here is some feedback and news from our former and current students to help you make your decision.
The mission of Ballet is 5:8 is to employ artistic ingenuity, innovation and excellence as we celebrate the exchange of ideas in the creative realm.
Her works are rooted in the idea that art is the tool necessary to forward the dialogue surrounding social injustice and change
I loved performing at the basketball games because it is really fun to perform for people who would otherwise not see you dance.
One day I will total the hours I spent in ballet class with Tyler and Julie and modern with Barbara and Andrea and I know it will end up being more than I spent doing anything else at Duke.
In so many ways, the Duke Dance Program truly helped me to grow into myself as a performer, a choreographer, and as a person.
Not only have I grown as a technician, but the entire faculty has helped to nurture and support my development as an artist and independent thinker.
The performing arts are a lens that I think could be a powerful tool for promoting healing and health, as opportunities for literal vocalizations of the self and achievements of voice as a means to health.
I learned how to analyze dance from multiple aspects, studying the history, structure, and concepts of dance, in addition to the physical movement.
The Duke Dance faculty gave me the knowledge, experience and inspiration to use my academic studies at Duke to become an international professional dancer and choreographer.
Even when I am not dancing I am using something I learned in dance: I am unafraid to speak, to put it down on paper, to express myself, to verbalize ideas, even when I was an assistant and was speaking to the CEO.
The opportunities to understand artists and production so thoroughly has given me an edge in my entertainment law career today.
The training I received at Duke provided a foundation for technique that helped me get into Momix, a professional, full-time internationally-touring modern dance company.
Dance not only enhances mental agility necessary to succeed in a university such as Duke, it stands alone as a unique mode of expression.
My dance education infected me with a unique, creative flavor.
As a film editor for NFL, the brutal choreography of football, the smooth edit and cut, are things I learned on the dance floor and in performance.
The quality of craft taught at Duke and the expertise of the faculty outstrips almost every experience I have had in the professional dance scene in New York City.
Every time I entered the studio for technique class or one of many rehearsals, I knew that I was in for an experience that was not only shaping me as a dancer, but as a person.
The Dance Program at Duke was the deciding factor for me between Duke and other schools.
My personal growth is a result of not only my academic studies, but also because of the close personal contact I had with both the unbelievably talented students...