Visiting Artists

The Dance Program MFA in Dance, SLIPPAGE, Duke Performances, and others, bring inspirational and talented individuals and companies to Duke to work with faculty and students in creative collaboration. 

Please refer to the Upcoming Events page for the most up to date listings. 

Guest Artists

American Ballet Theatre

Sep 25, 2018 to Apr 23, 2021

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Duke University and American Ballet Theatre begin a three-year partnership in 2018/2019.

Georgia Sagri

Oct 16, 2020

... an exploration of performance as an ever-evolving field within social and visual life.

Asaf Barach

Nov 18, 2019 to Nov 20, 2019

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What does it mean to improvise?  What does it mean to do science?

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Nov 13, 2019 to Nov 16, 2019

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...feeling — its emotional and kinetic weight — underlies King’s choreographic vision.

Kimerer LaMothe

Nov 7, 2019 to Nov 9, 2019

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Can dancing in natural settings serve to generate theoretical insights into the human relationship with the earth?

Adam McKinney

Oct 26, 2019 to Oct 29, 2019

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How can dance be used to reconcile traumatic histories?

Eric Mullis

Oct 18, 2019

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... scholarly work currently centers on the ethics and effectiveness of political concert dance, ecstatic states cultivated in Appalachian charismatic Pentecostalism, the relationship between Pragmatist philosophy, embodiment, and interdisciplinary performance research...

Luciana Achugar

Sep 26, 2019 to Sep 27, 2019

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Brooklyn-based choreographer from Uruguay, has been making work in NYC and Uruguay independently and collaboratively since 1999

Janet O'Shea

Sep 18, 2019 to Sep 20, 2019

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...seeks to refigure athletics through the lens of dance, urging us to reimagine how we think about sports, economics, and even politics through the lens of martial arts.

Justin Tornow

Mar 22, 2019 to Apr 20, 2019

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Cunningham Technique as a Practice of Freedom masterclass series, "a laboratory to research how we can apply Cunningham principles to our own movement interests"

Mana Hayakawa

Mar 25, 2019 to Mar 26, 2019

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Her research examines Asian American dance and performances of non-normative bodies in the context of empire, and shifting terms of race, gender and citizenship with specific attention to dance in the context of Japanese American wartime incarceration.

Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Nov 6, 2018 to Mar 2, 2019

... her company will participate in dance classes, public conversations, and visits to local high schools — providing Duke and Durham an opportunity to engage with an artist working at the vanguard of American dance.

Margie Gillis

Feb 20, 2019 to Feb 27, 2019

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...continues a full and ongoing process of discovery, transition and transformation, by constantly reinvestigating and reinterpreting the power of dance...

Maurice Ivy Dowell, T'16

Nov 16, 2018 to Nov 17, 2018

Maurice Ivy

....Member of the Seán Curran Dance Company.

Juel D. Lane

Oct 23, 2018 to Oct 25, 2018

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Faculty at the UNC-School of the Arts, an Alvin Ailey 2015-16 New Directions Choreographer, a former dancer with Ron K. Brown/Evidence and currently with Camille A. Brown & Dancers...

PeiJu Chien-Pott

Oct 15, 2018 to Oct 19, 2018

PeiJu Chien-Pott

Internationally acclaimed contemporary dance artist, celebrated particularly for her work as a Principal Dancer for the Martha Graham Dance Company

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble & Chitrasena Dance Company

Sep 21, 2018 to Sep 23, 2018

Their collaboration offers a fascinating dialogue between the spectacular dance traditions and distinctive movement vocabularies of India and Sri Lanka.

Yanique Hume

Sep 18, 2018 to Sep 19, 2018

...specializes in the multidisciplinary field of Caribbean Cultural Studies with a focus on Cuba and Haiti

Monica Hogan Thysell

Apr 13, 2018 to Apr 14, 2018

Monica Hogan Thysell

... creates works that draw on inherent themes of the human experience, reimagining archetypal relationships through compositional innovation

Dana Caspersen

Apr 9, 2018 to Apr 10, 2018

Dana Casperson

Whether with an individual or group, my goal is to help build robust skills and a flexible mindset in conflict through coaching, mediation, facilitations, talks, workshops and public dialogue.

Adam Crawford Chavis, Ballet Guest Instructor

Mar 27, 2018 to Mar 30, 2018

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I love moving to music. I always have. For me, it’s like seeing the music.

John Heginbotham: Masterclasses & Performances

Mar 19, 2018 to Mar 24, 2018

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The mission of Dance Heginbotham is to move people through dance. 

Dance Theater of Harlem: Masterclass with Ballet Master, Keith Saunders

Feb 26, 2018

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dedicated to reaching new audiences with a powerful message of self-reliance, artistic relevance and individual responsibility

Patty Adams: Embodied Learning Summit Keynote Speaker

Feb 24, 2018

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She is a healing justice worker, trauma therapist, community-based yoga teacher, language justice advocate, and social justice warrior

Afro-Feminist Performance Routes: A Dialogue in Movement

Feb 14, 2018 to Feb 17, 2018

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"Afro-Feminist Performance Routes" initiative convenes a cohort of women dance artists of the African Diaspora who navigate interrelated processes of movement, migration, and memory in their work, through participatory work- shops, conversation and performance. 

CANE: a responsive environment dancework

Feb 15, 2018

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CANE suggests possibilities of shimmering mediated histories mixed in real-time via a specially-constructed responsive environment

Antony Hamilton & Alisdair Macindoe

Feb 1, 2018 to Feb 3, 2018

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...their dance set to robotically generated mechanical music explores the intersection of industry and art, artificial intelligence and the human body

Colin Conner, Masterclass

Jan 20, 2018

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His work marries the best elements of classical form with the freedom and expressiveness of modern dance… The overall feeling for the observer is one of exhilaration and awakening.

Riley Watts

Nov 6, 2017 to Nov 13, 2017

Riley Watts

"Riley is not just a great teacher - he is one of the most skilled, talented and celebrated contemporary dancers around. If you are a serious dance student at Duke you just wouldn’t want to miss this guy!" Michael Kliën

Elisa Schreiber, T'05

Nov 3, 2017 to Nov 5, 2017

Dance Program Alum and Featured DEMAN Weekend 2017 Presenter

Pam Tanowitz Dance Company Residency

Oct 3, 2017 to Oct 7, 2017

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I desire to create something that will be inherently dangerous for both of us as artists

Amanda K. Miller

Sep 11, 2017

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Dance as a very simple but powerful tool for communication, awareness, and peace.

Rachmi Diyah Larasati Ph. D

Apr 20, 2017 to Apr 22, 2017

Rachmi Diyah Larasati

Lecture: "Dance, Body, and the Possibility of Critique"

Steve Valk

Apr 17, 2017 to Apr 19, 2017

Steve Valk

Cultural activist, contemporary dance dramaturge and director of the Institute of Social Choreography in Frankfurt, Germany

Luis F. Paredes

Apr 11, 2017

Luis F. Paredes

Focusing on the role of dance and music for the identity construction of historically oppressed groups

Mestre Valmir

Mar 7, 2017 to Mar 9, 2017

Mestre Valmir

Capoeira Master Classes

Mythili Prakash

Mar 1, 2017 to Mar 5, 2017

Mythili Prakash

a dynamic young Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer

Jennifer Harge & Duane Lee Holland, Jr.

Mar 3, 2017

Duane Lee Holland, Jr.

Dance Performance: "Regalia: Plantation Lullabies of Royalty"

Malpaso Dance Company

Feb 20, 2017 to Feb 25, 2017

Malpaso Dance Company

“You get the feeling that they could dance just about any genre with jaw-dropping style. Which makes their unique expression of Cuban culture in all its profound and complex glory all the more special.”
NOW Magazine Toronto

Gabrielle Lamb Residency

Feb 23, 2017 to Feb 24, 2017

Gabrielle Lamb

Gabrielle Lamb is that too-rare creature: the female ballet choreographer. (Village Voice)

Yutian Wong: “Purity and Proficiency: Staging Asian American Respectability”

Feb 14, 2017

Yutian Wong

looks at the establishment of modern dance as a high art concert dance form alongside the emergence of Asian American respectability politics

LaMont Hamilton

Jan 31, 2017

LaMont Hamilton

This Da Good Part is a three channel film installation and the third element of the umbrella project Five on the Black Hand Side.

Christal Brown

Nov 22, 2016

Christal Brown

Brown combines her athleticism, creativity, love for people, and passion for teaching to create works that redefine the art of dance and the structure of the field

Marina Magalhaes

Nov 14, 2016 to Nov 15, 2016

As a choreographer, performer, and teacher, I strive to engage people in a way that moves them in every sense of the word

Courtney Liu

Nov 11, 2016

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I have spent most of my life trying to balance my two loves: dance and education

Mestre Cabello

Oct 30, 2016

Mestre Cabello

will be bring 35 years of experience in Afro-Brazilian culture to North Carolina with workshops in capoeira angola, percussion, and maculelê

Trisha Brown Dance Company Residency

Oct 21, 2016 to Oct 23, 2016

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Intensive/workshop with former company members Ming-Lung Yang & Samuel Wentz, and more!

Arturo Fernandez

Sep 27, 2016 to Sep 30, 2016

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...diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions, imbuing classical ballet with new expressive potential.

Master Class in Douglas Dunn technique

Sep 28, 2016

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I dance to put intuition in conversation with thought.

Shayla-Vie Jenkins

Sep 6, 2016 to Sep 20, 2016

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Bill T. Jones dancer Shayla-Vie Jenkins is a collection of opposites: majestic yet modest, poised yet relaxed, explosive yet contained

Ashley Hathaway and Adam Crawford Chavis

Apr 23, 2016

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site-specific dance installation by Tyler Walters

Leonor Leal

Mar 23, 2016 to Mar 26, 2016

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Pushing the boundaries of what flamenco can be and say in the contemporary world.

Ailey II

Mar 4, 2016 to Mar 5, 2016

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Kyle Abraham

Feb 16, 2016 to Feb 21, 2016

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brings buried rhythms to the surface in swaths of luscious yet intricate movement

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana:

Feb 12, 2016 to Feb 14, 2016

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the universal spirit of flamenco, a multicultural art form, has the power to build bridges between cultures

Belén Maya

Feb 3, 2016 to Feb 6, 2016

Belén Maya

Transparent and in balance with tradition, Belén has perfected her technique and expression to become the best female flamenco dancer in Spain

Juel D. Lane Masterclasses

Nov 10, 2015 to Nov 12, 2015

Juel D. Lane

"He is a storyteller and that’s interesting for us." - Melanie Person, co-director of The Ailey School

Danika Manso Brown

Nov 6, 2015

Danika Manso Brown

Her works are rooted in the idea that art is the tool necessary to forward the dialogue surrounding social injustice and change

Clare Croft

Oct 28, 2015

Clare Croft

dance theorist, dance historian, and dramaturg

Rennie Harris Puremovement

Oct 23, 2015 to Oct 24, 2015

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the most respected — and the most brillianthip-hop choreographer in America

Mabiba Baegne: Congolese Dance and Song Masterclasses with accompanist Pline Mounzeo

Oct 14, 2015 to Oct 15, 2015

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Ngoma involves people coming together in rhythmic music and dance to address “difficult issues”, often related to health or life transitions.

Patricia Ibañez & Abel Harana

Sep 26, 2015 to Sep 27, 2015

Patricia Ibañez & Abel Harana

two talents with a bright future who have started down a new path.

Victor Alexander: Afro Cuban Folklore & Modern Masterclasses

Apr 20, 2015 to Apr 22, 2015

Victor Alexander

he continues traditions of exceptional training, and mentoring the nation’s next generation of dancers

Debra Austin, Ballet Masterclasses

Apr 15, 2015 to Apr 17, 2015

Debra Austin

At 16, she was handpicked by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet.

SLIPPAGE: International Metabody Forum 2015

Apr 11, 2015

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redefine the body in Media in less simplistic ways than is usual ... counteracting technology’s increasing tendency to dampen differences

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Dance Company & Jason Moran & The Bandwagon: 'The Subtle One'

Feb 16, 2015 to Feb 21, 2015

Ronald K. Brown

Brown fuses the form and rhythm of African dance with contemporary choreography

Master Class with Nathan Trice

Jan 29, 2015

Nathan Trice

Create and present art that reflects the importance of being human through projects that examine contemporary and historical dynamics of gender, identity and culture.

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble Residency

Jan 20, 2015 to Jan 22, 2015

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble Residency

the company “performed with a burnished grace, a selfless concentration, and a depth that reflected their intensive training.” The New York Times

Companhia Urbana de Dança

Nov 6, 2014 to Nov 8, 2014

Companhia Urbana de Dança

Classic hip-hop moves are visible, yet they have been stretched and shaped into something new

Becky Thompson

Nov 5, 2014 to Nov 7, 2014

Becky Thompson

....the role that yogic philosophy and practice can play in healing personal and systemic trauma created through racial and social inequality.


Sharon Babcock & Kate Trammell

Oct 1, 2014 to Oct 4, 2014

Kate Trammell

They delight in the energy that is sparked when diverse learners from the arts and sciences "mix it up"


Sep 25, 2014 to Sep 26, 2014


...movement that seems effortless even when it requires great strength, and control.

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana

Sep 23, 2014

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana

The Keeper of Flamenco

Kokanko Sata Doumbia

Apr 10, 2014

Kokanko Sata Doumbia

...focus on religious and spiritual influences in Kokanko's repertoire

Elizabeth Corbett

Apr 3, 2014 to Apr 5, 2014

Elizabeth Corbett

... accessing the inner logic and unfolding mechanisms ...

Clay Taliaferro

Feb 21, 2014 to Feb 24, 2014

Clay Taliaferro

... focus on the endless duet the body has with space.

Urban Bush Women

Jan 26, 2014 to Feb 8, 2014

Urban Bush Women

explore the cultural influences of the African Diaspora and women's experiences.

Ian Winters

Jan 1, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013

Ian Winters

As an artist I strive to make technology (if used) an essential inseparable tool — but still to be fundamentally a tool for exploration rather than a means in itself.

Eto Otitigbe

Jan 1, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013

Eto Otitigbe

When I create new work and share it with people I open up a dialogue and build a community around different issues.

Wideman/Davis Dance

Jan 1, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013

Wideman/Davis Dance

Ms. Wideman-Davis, has been noted by New York Dance Fax as “distinctive for the power of her secure pointe work and her personality.”

Katya Wesolowski

Nov 24, 2013

Katya Wesolowski

Katya has been practicing capoeira, the dynamic Afro-Brazilian fight/dance/game, for move than 20 years

People Get Ready Dance Company

Nov 13, 2013 to Nov 14, 2013

People Get Ready Dance Company

People Get Ready plays kinetic rock to fuse music and dance as a total artistic experience.

Marisol Blanco

Nov 7, 2013 to Nov 8, 2013

Marisol Blanco

Master teacher Blanco engaged in scholarly panels and discussions, music and dance workshops and multimedia events.

Jeffrey Page

Jan 27, 2012 to Feb 2, 2012

Jeffrey Page

Tricked Into A Life Of Dance