Performance Dance Ensemble

Performance Dance Ensemble (DAN 400) is a performance class for undergraduate and graduate students at Stony Brook University. Students spend a semester working with one or more faculty members, experiencing diverse approaches to movement, dance and performance. The end of the semester studio laboratory performance is an annual event during Spring Semester at the Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning. The performance includes faculty or guest artist choreography and some selected student choreography. These performances may include work in Contemporary, Dance/Theatre, Ballet, Jazz, Afro-Brazilian, Asian, Latin, Spanish/Flamenco and more.

The Performance Dance Ensemble was developed and created by faculty member Randy Thomas in 1988. Throughout the years, the Performance Dance Ensemble has offered students the opportunity to work with numerous faculty as they create original work. The resulting performances have taken place in various theatrical, site specific, community outreach and studio environments. Developed from a variety of styles, creative processes, viewpoints, collaborative energies, and technical requirements, the performances and numerous performance opportunities have been at the heart of the Dance Program and Dance Minor since it began in 1986.

Performance Dance Ensemble 2014

2014 Faculty for DAN 400, Choreographer: Joya Powell

Photos by Oliver Lee

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2014 Student Choreographer : Anna Koskol 

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Snow in June, Performance at the Charles B. Wang Theatre, Percasian Performance

 Choreography: Alison Russell, Joya Powell and Performance Dance Ensemble (2013)





Director: Joya Powell (2012)

Photos by Carmelo Claudio Cataudella

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dancer in flight  arch and reach


tug and pull line


quintet alison


lean and lunge






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