Check out the podcast interview that alum Dr. Rosalind Canizares has on the website, Physiotherapy Performance Perspectives, on "Overuse Injuries in Dancers."  Please see the links below and share with whoever you think may benefit from hearing it!  There are other good topics on the site, too.  Physiotherapy Performance Perspectives website: Dr. Canizares podcast: Dr. Canizares is the PT at The Dancer Wellness Clinic, located in the… read more about Podcast: Dr. Rosalind Canizares on "Overuse Injuries in Dancers" »

The third bi-annual conference convened by the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD) will explore African diasporic dance as a resource of both joy and defiance. Dance Black Joy: Global Affirmations and Defiance will take place February 16-19, 2018, at Duke University and brings a variety of dance scholars, practitioners, and educators for three days of critical dialogue and provocative research. Presentations and performances will be held in the new Rubenstein Arts Center, White Lecture Hall, Ark Dance Studio and… read more about African Diaspora Dance Conference Focuses on Themes of Joy and Defiance  »

The Durham Herald Sun featured shots of the Advanced Intermediate Ballet class, taught by Assistant Professor Julie Walters, in a video short about the new Rubenstein Arts Center.… read more about The Ruby Featured in Local Newspaper »

Co-presented by Gibney Dance and Theater magazine (Yale) Monday, January 15, 2:00 – 3:30pm Gibney Dance, Studio H, 280 Broadway (Entrance at 53A Chambers Street), Manhattan Free / RSVP Is everyone always automatically expected to share the concerns of people of color? Do we all really have to pay attention to race, religion, sexuality, ethnicity? What constitutes “white privilege?” If I’m not interested in being part of some solution, am I really part of the problem? What if I’m a maker/audience/presenter who… read more about Lecture Performance by Thomas F. DeFrantz/SLIPPAGE: White Privilege »

_IN CONVERSATION - Thomas DeFrantz & Philipa Rothfield DANCING BLACK - SOCIAL AND POLITICAL GESTURES Date: Saturday, 16 December Time: 6-8pm Where: Dancehouse, SKYLAB, 150 Princes Street, North Carlton, Victoria 3054 Thomas DeFrantz and Philipa Rothfield, long time collaborators and friends, will discuss the aesthetics and politics of black dance in DeFrantz' work. Visit the Dancehouse website here. read more about Prof. DeFrantz Travels to Australia »

From Duke Today, 12/2/2017: "...the trustees approved a degree in Master of Fine Arts in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis. The program is open to all forms of dance and human movement -- artistic, aesthetic, social and therapeutic. Moreover, it will provide an exclusive collaboration with the American Dance Festival, which is based in Durham. The new MFA seeks to attract dance artists who recognize the potential of all forms of creativity, be it traditional, contemporary or experimental. The Dance Program will… read more about Trustees Approve a Degree in Master of Fine Arts in Dance »

By Sarah Derris | 11/29/2017 Duke’s annual dance showcase, the November Dances, proved to be a visually stunning display of athleticism and art last Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18. The concert presented by the Duke Dance Program featured ballet, modern, jazz and African dance performances, with many of the performances being choreographed by the students themselves. ... Read the full article published in the Duke Chronicle: read more about November Dances showcase visually stunning talent, student choreography »

Duke University Dance Program September 12, 2017 Position: Assistant or early Associate Professor of the Practice (regular rank)Qualifications: Ph.D. and/or MFA in Dance required; teaching experience in an undergraduate / graduate dance program preferred. Position Qualifications: The Duke University Program in Dance seeks an outstanding, ambitious dance researcher and movement practitioner who will contribute to the development of the undergraduate program as well as to the new proposed MFA in… read more about Job Announcement for a New Faculty Hire in Dance »

Choreographer and scholar Thomas F. DeFrantz presented writer Eva Yaa Asantewaa with the 2017 award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance. READ ARTICLE. read more about Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz presents award at 2017 Bessies »

Featuring recent news about Dance Program students and faculty. Edited by: Dr. Purnima Shah Please click the image below to view the Newsletter. read more about 2017 Dance Program Newsletter »

View the montage video of the 2016 symposium "Accumulations: Exploring the Legacies of Trisha Brown "     read more about Video: Symposium "Accumulations:Exploring the Legacies of Trisha Brown" »

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: If you would like to contribute comments, please email our publicity director, Jennifer Prather. Read more: New York Times,  News and Observer Visitation: Friday, June 2, 1pm - 7pm Fisher Memorial UHC - 420 E… read more about The Dance Program mourns the loss of Chuck Davis »

"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 participation in a video shown at the Duke… read more about Duke Forward Campaign »

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 conference in October at Ohio State… read more about Prof. Thomas F. DeFrantz Honored for Dance Scholarship »

Greetings Colleagues/Friends! 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 Durning and edited for this screening. The purpose of the screening is to get feedback as we work to put together a film and lesson plans to share with NC health educators free… read more about Duke Sex-Ed Squad Film Screening Feedback Session »

Looking for something interesting to do this summer? Given your dance experience, you might be interested in this research opportunity.   Memory for Movement Lab --How dancers learn & remember --How audiences perceive & remember At the American Dance Festival (an international dance institute), on Duke's East Campus  (… read more about Dance Memory: Summer 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 p.m. on April 14-15, 2017 in Reynolds… read more about Indian-American performer brings a classical form of Indian dance to teach Duke students »

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 for more information. Friday, February 10, 2017 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm Location: Chapel Hill/Carrboro, 502 W Franklin St, between N. Graham and N. Robertson streets (Outdoors). Parking decks are free after 8pm.   read more about Andrea E. Woods Valdés presents work at the Shimmer: The Art of Light Festival »

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 the Studio Museum of Harlem. More info. February 14, noted historian and theorist of Asian American dance Yutian Wong, Chair… read more about Diasporic Dance Humanities 2017 »

Prof. Thomas F. DeFrantz featured in article, “Crystal Bridges continues to inspire on fifth anniversary.” read more about All You Need Is Art »

Durham, N.C. – SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology, in association with Duke Performances, announces the one-day symposium, ACCUMULATIONS: Exploring the Legacies of Trisha Brown. ACCUMULATIONS will offer rare insight into the creative process of an American dance innovator and bring together a dozen artists and researchers for discussion, performance, and film showings on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, 9:30am-4:00pm at the Nasher Museum at Duke University. The Trisha Brown Company will perform at Duke University… read more about Duke Symposium Explores the Legacy of Dance Innovator 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 cultures, our emotions and prejudices, and our sense of public and private space. In so doing, they offer a multi-layered response to ideas of affect and emotion, culture… read more about Thomas F. DeFrantz Edits New Volume »

Featuring recent news about Dance Program students and faculty. Edited by: Dr. Purnima Shah Please click the link below to download the Newsletter PDF read more about 2015-2016 Dance Program Newsletter »

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: Highlights of their 30 Days to Duke series include: Interview with Dean Ashby Identity Center Tour Faculty Outings Financial Wellness A Conversation with Duke Police Know your Duke Lingo Fly Dorm Room Good Study Habits Countdown for the Class of 2020 read more about Duke New Student Programs »

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 students the chance to experience and define dance and choreography against the backdrop of wider ecological, social and political structures. I approach both disciplines as distinct, nonetheless deeply… read more about Please welcome Michael Kliën to the Dance Program »

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, titled  “Live Processing and Ghost Dancing”, will take place at 4PM on Thursday in the Durham Armory.  For more information, read the article in the News and Observer:… read more about Thomas F. DeFrantz Featured Performer in Moogfest »

Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz explains the significance of the show "Dance! American Art 1830-1960" on view at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Click here to read the article in Duke Today.     read more about Dance and the Museum: Professor Thomas F. DeFrantz on New Hit Exhibit »

Srinivas Aravamudan, professor of English and former dean of the humanities at Duke, died on Wednesday. He was 54. More from Duke Today. read more about Duke Flags Lowered: Humanities Advocate Srinivas Aravamudan Dies »

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 of DanceAfrica and BAM’s artistic teams… read more about Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship »