Duke University Dance Program

The Duke University Dance Program focuses on dance as an integral part of the human experience and a medium for rigorous intellectual creativity. Our program prepares exceptionally aware, creative and socially responsible individuals. Our aim is to engage students in the profound potential for dance as embodied knowledge in the service of society. The Dance Program curriculum is designed to encourage the exploration of dance from interdisciplinary perspectives: historical, cultural, aesthetic, literary, technological, musical, scientific and creative.

Undergraduate Program

Offering a major and minor, our provides unique opportunities to encounter global dance traditions and movement experimentation for discovery, inquiry and discourse. The curriculum is designed to suit the interests of students with varied levels of experience in dance, encouraging them in multi- and inter-disciplinary engagements.

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Featured Courses


Introductory dance studio course exploring states of presence, perception, awareness, and responsiveness to one's self and environment through movement improvisation. Utilizing techniques of music… read more about Dance Improvisation »


Explores African diaspora parades as the embodiment of political activism, cultural and social imagination, identity construction, and radical resistance in action. From dance, music, food, socio-… read more about The Black Parades: African Diaspora Parade Culture and Radical Resistance »


The study of choreography and performance through participation in the mounting of a dance work from inception through rehearsal to performance. Separate enrollment in dance technique is encouraged.… read more about Performance: Ballet »

Graduate Program

The Master of Fine Arts in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis is a 2-year, full-time terminal degree in Dance. The program endorses dance as a politically, socially and spiritually transformative force in society. The MFA encourages practice-based, interdisciplinary research that has the potential to result in tangible contributions to society at large.

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