Our Contemporary Dance conservatory prepares talented young dancers for careers in professional companies throughout the world. Performance opportunities are numerous, with concerts throughout the year, many of which feature student choreography. Recent repertory choices feature a strong mix of the classic and cutting edge, with pieces by Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, José Limón, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp and Mark Morris. High School Contemporary Dance students are also able to “taste” a variety of different styles during Intensive Arts workshops, such as ballroom dance, hip-hop, African and Jazz.
The High School Contemporary Dance program is open to students in the 11th grade, with special consideration given to exceptionally talented 10th graders. Courses focus on modern technique, ballet technique, composition, repertory, partnering, acting for dance and repertory, and are provided for a range of technical abilities.
All contemporary students audition for the school’s major productions, performing alongside college students if selected. Students not selected take part in repertory classes that have performances at the end of each term. Students also have the chance to perform in works choreographed by college seniors.
In addition to these dance courses, the high school academic program is highly valued as an integral component in the education of our students. All 10th grade contemporary dancers take four academic courses. Contemporary dancers in 11th grade may take three or four academic courses, and 12th grade students may take between two and four academic courses.
Five members of the class of 2020 are recipients of Student Artpreneur Grants of $2,500 each to support their creative work or creative enterprise: Tramaine Raphael Gray, Miles McKeller-Smith, Mayra Rodas, Lauren Blair Smith and Kayana Waller.
UNCSA alumni are nominated for Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk awards for their work on off-Broadway productions. The nominees from UNCSA include Camille A. Brown, Gus Halper, Lisa Renkel, Tim Mackabee and Kristina Poe.
From choreographing Tony Award-winning shows to leading her own company, choreographer, performer and Dance alumna Camille A. Brown does it all.
For dancer and choreographer Juel D. Lane, life is all about breaking through boundaries, and giving back to the school that gave him the confidence to do it.
With projects including the Metropolitan Opera Ballet of NYC and an international tour of "Rock the Ballet" with Rasta Thomas' Bad Boys of Dance, UNCSA Dance alumnus Kevin Tate can currently be seen as the Lead Gazelle in the Broadway National Tour of Disney's "The Lion King."