Dance across the decades
Photography courtesy Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections & University Archives, UNCG

For more than a century, UNCG Dance has had a big impact.

“Everyone wants an instructor who was trained at UNCG,” says Janet Lilly, professor and department head. Many alumni are now on university and high school faculties. Other alumni have become choreographers and performers.

The program receives about 140 applications each year. After auditions, 30 are accepted.

Dance was originally part of physical education, with modern dance first offered in 1936. An MFA came in 1949. The program continued to progress to its present-day form.

Lilly created a display near the Dance Theatre to show some of this heritage.

She gathered the photos for the 2013 American College Dance Festival Association's Mid-Atlantic Conference, where UNCG hosted about 450 students and faculty from 31 universities. The photos from UNCG Archives filled a bulletin board. Enjoy a few select images highlighting the beautiful artistry and rich heritage above.