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 conversation in movement with four female dance artists of the African diaspora. Sponsored by Duke’s Africa Initiative, as well as Dance,… read more about “Africa in Circum-Atlantic Perspective: Feminist Performance Routes” »

Read the article from the Duke Chronicle, January 21, 2016. read more about Dance department takes on 'Passion of Flamenco' »

American Ballet Theatre has tapped Duke Alum ('00) and former Dance Program student, Kara Medoff Barnett, as its executive director. Read the article. read more about American Ballet Theatre Names Kara Medoff Barnett New Executive Director »

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 department have accomplished, and I am… read more about Guest of Honor, Dean Valerie Ashby’s remarks for November Dances 2015 »

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 identifiable and it appears to be flourishing. But, what is contemporary ballet? Does it need classification and definition so that we can historicize this moment in dance? The 2015 issue of Conversations across… read more about Call for Papers! Contemporary Ballet: Exchanges, Connections and Directions »

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:   read more about Rubenstein gives $25 million for new $50 million, 71,000-square foot Arts Center »

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 informed by an active artistic… read more about Duke Dance Program Seeks New Faculty Hire »

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. read more about "Therapeutic Potential of a Drum and Dance Ceremony Based on the African Ngoma Tradition" »

The link below is for the article Ava LaVonne Vinesett, Kenneth H. Wilson, and Miurel Price published through the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.  This was made possible through the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation and the Duke Dance Program. read more about Therapeutic Potential of a Drum and Dance Ceremony Based on the African Ngoma Tradition »

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 community of scholars and artists committed to exploring, promoting, and engaging African diaspora dance as a resource and method of… read more about Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD) Conference, February 19 - 21, 2016: Call for Proposals »

Read Prof. Andrea E. Woods Valdés inspirational article published by Duke Magazine.  read more about Perserverence in the Face of Resistance »

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 2014-15 Dance Program Newsletter »

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. Some overflow seating will be… read more about Dance teacher, choreographer Jan Van Dyke dies »

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 Carolina and New York.   For this film, Marrone’s… read more about Dance Program's Natalie Marrone choreographs dance for film coming to Durham in August »

Congratulations to Courtney Kristen Liu on her debut in the New York Broadway cast of the Phantom of the Opera, June 13, 2015! LINK: read more about Courtney Liu debuts in the Phantom of the Opera »

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 performers including tap master Savion Glover explore the national and global impact and the… read more about Dance Across the Diaspora: A Historical Lens on a Black Cultural Movement »

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 the U.S. and the Caribbean to examine how their… read more about Configurations in Motion: Performance Curation & Communities of Color »

Monica Hogan, Duke Grad and Dance Major, is featured in this article published on Bustle. com: read more about IT Marketing Manager By Day, Dancer By Night: How Monica Hogan Manages Her Double Life »

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 interactive workshop, "Developing the Twenty-… read more about Senior Dinstinction Projects by Ellen Brown and Rebecca Holmes! »

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 Knepp.  Shot on location in New York… read more about "Alto" film wins Audience Choice Award at Festival! »

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 about Congratulations to Ellen Brown! »

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 and urged us all to be active… read more about Faculty Response to the Recent Racially Charged Events on Campus »

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, theoretical perspectives, political… read more about Thomas F. DeFrantz Presents Talk at the International Colloquium »

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 organization, including… read more about Duke Performances Announces Arts Administration Internship »

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 ( 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. Dean Laurie Patton, an eminent Sanskrit scholar, came to… read more about ChoreoLab 2015 to pay tribute to a departing dean »

THE 82ND AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL SEASON JUNE 11-JULY 25   read more about ADF 2015 is Announced! »

From the Raleigh News & Observer: "Duke Dance Program Hosts Series." by Jonathan M. Alexander, February 28, 2015.     read more about Dance group performs, teaches art of flamenco in Durham »

'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 & Français.  Deadline: March 14, 2015. The English expression "To be in HOT WATER" means to be in trouble.  Currently, climate change, environmental decline, rights violations, volatile politics and conflict all suggest "HOT WATER". Water is a critical element for all beings on Earth. A symbol… read more about HOT WATER - Water, Peace & War - Call for Contributions »

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 connection between studio and stage.… read more about Please Welcome New Ballet Instructor, James Strong »