School of Dance - UNCSA

School of Dance

School of Dance

Like all great artistic disciplines, dance is an ongoing conversation between the classical and the contemporary, between iconic productions of The Nutcracker and daring new works from emerging choreographers. In both the college and high school programs at the School of Dance, you can choose to concentrate in either classical or contemporary dance, but you will train and perform extensively in both disciplines. As the exclusive educational affiliate school of the American Ballet Theatre, our industry connections are unrivaled. Through our rigorous and nurturing conservatory experience, you will explore a diverse, world-class repertory that develops talented young performers into technically sound, artistically sensitive and stylistically versatile professional dancers. 


American Ballet Theatre

Alumni Stories
There’s no better gauge of a program’s success than the accomplishments of its alumni – and no prouder moment for the School of Dance.
UNCSA is the one school designated the exclusive educational affiliate of American Ballet Theatre
Dance graduates with traineeships and full or second company contracts in 2015
Best college according to Money Magazine
Welcome from Susan Jaffe, Dean of Dance
Susan Jaffe, Dean of Dance

The School of Dance continues to be exceptional and unique; our students not only work with an excellent faculty, but also have many opportunities to work with guest artists from around the world, who are at the top of the field. These opportunities, along with high quality academics, and exposure to the other arts schools on campus: (Film, Drama, Design and Production, and Music) create well-informed, well-rounded artists. UNCSA is an artist's haven, and promises our students an extraordinary adventure.

Latest Headlines
A Ballerina's Endless Day

UNCSA alumna and New York City Ballet corpe de ballet member Claire Kretzschmar appears in the New York Times' "The Daily 360."


UNCSA's 'The Nutcracker' delivers a feast for the eyes and ears

UNC School of the Arts’ 50th annual production of “The Nutcracker” ballet opened Friday at the Stevens Center and will run through Dec. 18.

From the moment that the Mouse King curtain rises to the final fall of snowflakes, UNCSA’s “Nutcracker” delivers to the community a true masterpiece — a feast for the eyes and ears from start to finish.

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Three Reasons 'The Nutcracker' is a Can't-Miss Holiday Event

The holidays are all about traditions – from decorating the tree to savoring grandma’s famous pecan pie. And one of the most anticipated traditions in North Carolina is UNC School of the Arts’ annual production of “The Nutcracker” ballet.


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Industry Connections

Here are just a few of the companies that our students go on to work with as principal dancers, soloists, choreographers or artistic directors.

Dance News
Learn more about the UNCSA School of Dance through these features and news stories.