VCU Dance 2016-2017 Performance Season


Dance on Camera- Film Screening

Monday, September 26, 2016

Grace Street Theater, 8:00 PM $8/$5 students
This year’s screening was curated through the American Dance Festival’s Movies By Movers Institutional Partnership program by film festival director Cara Hagan, and coordinated by VCU Dance professor Martha Curtis.


Friday, October 14, 2016

The Depot: 814 West Broad Street, 7:00 PM Free
An informal showing of new student works in a range of disciplines, with post-performance discussion facilitated by VCU Dance faculty.

Nora Chipaumire: portrait of myself as my father

Friday & Saturday, October 28 & 29, 2016

Dogtown Dance Theatre, 109 West 15th Street, 8:00 PM $15/$10 students
Fierce, charismatic choreographer Nora Chipaumire has been described by dance critic Deborah Jowitt as “thrilling… a powerful woman with a strong message.” In this visceral exploration of African masculinity, Zimbabwe-born, Brooklyn-based choreographer Chipaumire is joined by the specters of her estranged father (performed by Senegalese dancer Pape Ibrahima Ndiaye, also known as Kaolack, and Jamaican-born dancer Shamar Watt). In a makeshift boxing ring, under the harsh glow of halogen worklights, the three trade jabs steeped in Chipaumire’s trademark synthesis of contemporary African movements.

Fall Senior Project

Wednesday – Saturday, November 16-19, 2016

Grace Street Theater, 8:00 PM $15/$10 students
The Senior Project concert serves as a capstone experience in both performance and choreography for graduating Dance majors.


Pathfinders: Student Concert

Friday & Saturday, January 27 & 28, 2017

Grace Street Theater, 8:00 PM $15/$10 students
This professionally produced concert features new work choreographed and performed by talented dance majors from freshmen to seniors.


Thursday, Friday, Saturday, February 16, 17, 18, 2017

Grace Street Theater, 8:00 PM plus 2:00 PM Saturday matinee $15/$10 students
For 2017, this concert features guest artist Liz Lerman’s iconic work, Still Crossing, along with new works by VCU Dance faculty members, all performed by VCU Dance majors.

Spring Senior Project

Wednesday – Saturday, April 19, 20, 21, 22, 2017

Grace Street Theater, 8:00 PM $15/$10 students
The Senior Project concert serves as a capstone experience in both performance and choreography for graduating Dance majors.

General Information

For ticket and theater rental information, contact the Grace Street Theater:

934 West Grace Street
Richmond, Virginia
Phone: 804-828-2020
Fax: 804-827-0154

Visit Website

Reserve tickets online here.

Recognized by professional dancers and choreographers as “a place where things are happening,” Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance and Choreography offers a vibrant and stimulating atmosphere where students prepare for careers in dance.

The presenting program of VCU Dance is committed to building and engaging dance audiences in the University and Richmond communities while providing opportunities for artists to present and create work. The presentation of Nora Chipaumire and the Liz Lerman/Dance Exchange residency are made possible in part by a grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and by VCUarts. The presentation of Nora Chipaumire is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Auditions for admission for the 2017-2018 Academic Year:

Friday, November 18, 2016
Friday, January 27, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017

For information on applications and auditions, visit VCUarts.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Dance.