Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions that are not answered below, please feel free to contact Ava LaVonne Vinesett, Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 emergency, our campus is closed to visitors. Please do not request visitation until further notice.
When I visit Duke, may I observe Dance Program classes?
Visiting Dance Classes is Suspended
With the impact of COVID-19, the Duke University Registrar and various entities are required to track who's in the dance studio (i.e. in the event someone in the physical space becomes ill/tests positive/symptomatic, etc). In addition to physical space limitations, and both because our community participation is an internal offering, and as we are unable to provide the same safety measures for community participation, visiting prospective students, etc., we are obligated to suspend community dance-training, class visitations, etc., until the university lifts COVID-related operations. For more information, please visit https://admissions.duke.edu/visit/.
Usually, the faculty has an "open door" policy and welcomes and encourages prospective students to observe and participate in all classes (except the performance classes which they can observe with permission of the instructor). We hope to resume prospective student visitation as soon as possible.
Do you have to audition to enter the Dance Program?
No. Admission to Duke guarantees admission to all programs. However, as part of admissions, we do ask for Duke applicants to provide a 10 to 15 minute video of a dance performance as part of their admissions packet. For more information, visit the Artistic Supplements section of the admissions website to learn how to submit your performance work. We also have additional guidance on our website. If you have any questions concerning uploading the dance video for admission to the University, please call: Susan Coon in Admissions at: 919-684-0158.
If you submit material, you will not be required to major in this area, but you should have an interest in pursuing it in college.
Does the Dance Program have influence in the admissions process?
We can make recommendations based on the dance expertise of the prospective student. We highly recommend that you submit supplementary artistic material in the form of a dance video through the Duke admissions application process. A high ranking from us may help admissions, but rest assured that a low ranking from us will never hurt admissions.
Can I dance every day? Can I maintain a high level of technique?
Yes. We offer a broad range of studio courses that focus on technique and performance. These classes range from beginner to advanced, and earn a half credit each towards graduation.
Is there a separate track for dance minors?
The requirements for earning a minor in dance are very flexible. All of our dance courses are open to all students--whether they major or minor in dance or not. We also structure our curriculum to be very flexible so that students can create the educational experience that best suits their interests. Dance majors and minors have a lot of options in scheduling their required courses.
Are dance classes open to graduate students of other disciplines?
Yes, depending on availability. Our dance classes are open to all Duke students, and can also be taken by professionals who wish to study with our faculty (see Training for the Community), and students from other universities in North Carolina (see Interinstitutional Registration).
Are there dance scholarships?
No. Although the Dance Program is not able to offer talent-based scholarships, the Financial Aid Office helps all students with their financial needs. Duke practices "need blind" admissions, and we will help all qualified students attend Duke through financial aid packages.