The Dance Program welcomes Michaela Dwyer (she/her/hers) to the role of Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies. She joins the Program after three years as Community Engagement Coordinator between Duke Performances and Duke Arts, where she managed dance projects and devised artist-in-residence programs in collaboration with Durham-based artists, public educators, arts and culture workers, and university students, staff, and faculty. She’s worked in various capacities in secondary and higher education over the past… read more about Dance Program Welcomes Michaela Dwyer »

Traditionally, the arts and sciences have been viewed as two distant fields of study. But at Duke, it isn’t uncommon for students who dream of careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to also enroll in performing and visual arts courses — adding the arts to their educations and transforming STEM to STEAM.  Simone Wall (B.S. Biomedical Engineering; minor Dance ’22) is one of these STEAM students. Simone is part of the Pratt Research Fellows program, working in a lab that develops point-of-… read more about The Arts Advantage: When BioMed and Dance Overlap »

Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Sarah Wilbur, has recently published her first book through Wesleyan University Press.  Funding Bodies: Five Decades of Dance Making at the National Endowment for the Arts is the first scholarly manuscript to focus on the shaping influence of federal dance funding on the working livelihoods of three generations of US dance artists. Drawing upon archival documentation of NEA narratives, program eligibility guidelines, and standards of evaluation as well as… read more about Sarah Wilbur's new book connects NEA arts funding policies to dance organizational ideals »

The Dance Program is looking for a work study student for Spring, 2022. Please email your interest and resume to: Adrienne Brandon, Assistant to the Director of Undergraduate Studies.  read more about Wanted: Work Study Student for Spring, 2022 »

The Duke Dance Program has welcomed its third MFA cohort to campus. Brooks Emanuel, Marika Niko, Leo Ryan, and Zhixuan “Miki” Zhu are the latest multi-faceted artists to join the Master of Fine Arts in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis Program. The Duke Dance MFA is a two-year, full-time terminal degree program dedicated to expanding dance and embodied knowledge across cultures, communities, and contexts. The program endorses dance as a transformative force in society and engages students whose research centers… read more about MFA in Dance Welcomes Third Cohort to Duke »

The Dance Program at Duke University is proud to welcome Iyun Ashani Harrison as an associate professor for the ballet practice. He will also serve as director for undergraduate studies. A graduate of The Julliard School, Harrison received his M.F.A. from Hollins University in Virginia and is a doctoral candidate in education at Marymount University. He is the founder and executive director of Ballet Ashani and has performed with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico of New York… read more about Duke Dance Program Announces New Faculty Appointment »

When Duke Dance Program director Andrea E. Woods Valdés greets the audience at the Chelsea Theater on Tuesday, August 10, she’ll discuss a new film that she shares deep connections with—both personally and professionally.  Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters is a feature documentary celebrating the history of D-Man in the Waters, a tour de force ballet from Bill T. Jones, co-founder of the venerable Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company which formed in 1982. Jones choreographed the piece… read more about Circling Spheres: Andrea E. Woods Valdés and Her Mentor Bill T. Jones »

When he was an undergraduate political science student, Kerry Haynie was never taught about the 1921 Tulsa massacre. Nor was there much discussion about the role of race in the founding political documents of this country or much examination of how race influenced public services such as sewer lines and zoning. In one sense, a lot has changed. In 2021, Duke’s faculty includes a strong lineup of leading scholars who examine how race is embedded in issues that cross all the schools of the university. This fall, many of… read more about University Course Raises Race as a Central Element of Undergraduate Education »

Recent MFA in Dance graduate Alyah Baker weighs in on the strict gender norms in ballet that often put pressure on women to conform—and how more dancers who refuse are finding they're not alone.  Read The New York Times article hereread more about Alyah Baker, MFA in Dance '21, discusses gender norms in NYT article »

The Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD), a community that supports scholars and artists committed to dance of the African diaspora, has been awarded $25,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts, the organization announced on May 12.  Thomas F. DeFrantz, professor in both the Dance Program and the Department of African and African American Studies, is a founding member of the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance. He wrote the grant to support the project, “Dancing the African Diaspora: Digital Publications from… read more about NEA supports project led by Duke Dance professor »

On Wednesday's CoastLine: Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz studies African American history, writes books, and he DANCES. We'll hear why he sees dance as a technology to translate feeling and transcend language -- and white supremacy. Listen for CoastLine Wednesday at noon on 91.3 FM, WHQR Public Media, Hanover Co/Wilmington, NC. Find the podcast on Spotify, Stitcher, or iTunes. Email Guest: Thomas F. DeFrantz, Duke University Professor in the Department… read more about Thomas F. DeFrantz on Transcending Language Through Dance »

About this Event: Join the African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA) ONLINE via LIVE STREAM for its 9th conference! Sponsored by Ase Ire Communiversity, Congress of Santa Barbara(KOSANBA), Center for African and African American Studies at Southern University at New Orleans, WaWaWa Disapora Centre, MAAFA San Francisco Bay Area This year's theme, Praising and Raising the Dead: Life, Death, and Rebirth in Africana Religions, will explore concepts of life, death, and rebirth in Africana religions… read more about Ava LaVonne Vinesett Presents at the African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association 2021 Conference »

We celebrate the inaugural cohort of Duke’s MFA in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis, a program dedicated to embodied knowledge and practice-led movement discourses. read more about MFA in Dance Class of 2021 »

Making*Queering*DancingThursday, April 15th, 2021 at 7 pmRegister: We kiss in the shadow, wondering if others can see. Are they looking? We queer outdoors, with gestures that resist the normative. We know how to queer, but we wonder how we know.  This workshop explores making*queering*dancing. We begin with our willingness to undo the assumptions thrown at us. After that, who knows what… read more about Thomas F. DeFrantz to Present Workshop “Making*Queering*Dancing” at Five Colleges of Ohio Event: “Moving Bodies and Social Justice” April 15 »

The Nasher Museum of Art's exhibition RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! emphasizes the disproportionate impact of the deadly virus on the lives of communities of color. Three MFA in Dance candidates-Alyah Baker, Lee Edwards, and Courtney Liu-had their original choreography selected to be part of this project.  Original choreography from MFA in Dance candidates Alyah Baker, Lee Edwards, and Courtney Liu selected to be part of the Nasher Museum of Art's exhibition RESIST COVID / TAKE 6… read more about MFA Dancers Participate in RESIST COVID/TAKE 6! »

"To Be Young, Gifted, and Black" Choreographer and Dancer: Akylah Cox Music and Narration: Nina Simone Performance: Duke University Dance Program Spring concert: ChoreoLab 2019, 4/12/2019, Reynolds Theater, Duke University, Durham, NC.      read more about ChoreoLab 2019 (excerpt): "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black" »

Blurring the Lines: Finding Collective Resonance During COVID-19: Created with undergraduates at Duke University, this piece explores the boundaries between classical ballet and contemporary styles and builds upon our classroom journey to find a collective way of being, dancing, and breathing, even when we are separated by physical distance. During the creative process, students created phrases with an eye towards the future of ballet, worked with a nonlinear score, developed their capacity to attune to one another in both… read more about Blurring the Lines: Finding Collective Resonance During COVID-19 »

Andrea E. Woods Valdés will be a featured speaker at this event.  About The Event: The Black Religion, Spirituality & Culture Fifth Annual Conference aims to create a safe and meaningful space for B.I.P.O.C. cultural-heritages and traditions of being and becoming. We will facilitate much-needed conversations around the global militarization of police and police brutality against Black and Brown folx across the African Diaspora. Students will engage in high-performance dance,… read more about Fifth Annual Black Religion Spirituality & Culture Conference »

SLIPPAGE is delighted to relate that our performance texts for Soundz at the Back of My Head is featured on the cover of Theater, the journal published by Yale School of Drama and Duke University Press.  Volume 50 No. 3 includes a text by SLIPPAGE affiliate Quran Karriem about his work on the performance work, as well as the performance text by Thomas F. DeFrantz.  In addition, the journal includes an overview to the entire TalkingDancing series, which includes i am black [you have to be willing to now know (2016), White… read more about SLIPPAGE on the Cover of Theater Magazine »

Courtney Liu '13, MFA in Dance '21, shares "Blurring the Lines" created with undergraduate students in Intermediate Ballet. "Creative projects are still being made and it is more important than ever to share, engage with, and celebrate each other's work," shares Emma Geiger, MFA EDA '22, who collaborated on filming and editing. Part of our “Art and Artists are Essential” collection and invitation. Intermediate Ballet (Dance 122) completed the Fall 2020 semester by producing “Blurring the Lines.”  This short dance film… read more about Blurring the Lines: Collective Resonance During COVID-19 »

As part of its event series tgiFHI, the Franklin Humanities Institute is conducting interviews with its faculty speakers in order to familiarize broader audiences with the diversity of research approaches in the humanities, arts, and interpretive social sciences at Duke University. Michael Kliën is Professor of the Practice of Dance and Director of Graduate Studies of the MFA in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis at Duke University. He also directs the Laboratory for Social Choreography at the Kenan Institute for… read more about Meet Your Humanities Faculty: Michael Kliën »

Congratulations to MFA in Dance at Duke candidate Alyah Baker for being named Kenan Institute for Ethics Graduate Arts Fellow in Social Choreography and Performance for the 2020-2021 academic year! In her research, Baker is committed to foregrounding the body as she explores power, the politics of place, and identity. Read more: read more about Alyah Baker named 2020-2021 Graduate Arts Fellow in Social Choreography and Performance »