About Jan Van Dyke

Jan Van Dyke (1941-2015) choreographer, teacher, scholar, and community leader, spent four decades creating and showing her choreography widely throughout the United States and in Europe over the course of her career. Additionally, she founded and directed Dance Project, which runs the NC Dance Festival, Van Dyke Dance Group, and School at City Arts.

She was Professor Emerita in the Dance Department at UNC Greensboro, where she served as Head from 2006-2011. Van Dyke was the recipient of a NC Choreography Fellowship, and a 1993 Fulbright Scholar. In 2001, she was honored with the North Carolina Dance Alliance Annual Award for contributions to the development of dance in the state. An acclaimed teacher, DANCE TEACHER MAGAZINE gave her the 2008 Dance Teacher Award for Higher Education.

In 2010, UNCG honored her with the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award for leadership and service. The United Arts Council of Greensboro presented her with the Betty Cone Medal of Arts Award in 2011. The Van Dyke Dance Group continues as a repertory company, under the umbrella of Dance Project.



  • 1979: Metropolitan Dance Association Award for Outstanding Service to the Field, Washington, DC.

  • 1993: Fulbright Scholar to Portugal.

  • 1993: Choreography Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council.

  • 2001: NC Dance Alliance Annual Award for Contributions to the Development of Dance in North Carolina.

  • 2005: Copperfoot Award for Choreography from the Dance Department at Wayne State University.

  • 2008: 2008 Dance Teacher Award for Higher Education from Dance Teacher Magazine

  • 2008: Choreography (SPIKE) selected for Sharing the Legacy Conference, Masterworks of the 20th Century concert at Hunter College, New York City.

  • 2010: Gladys Strawn Bullard Award for initiative and perseverance in leadership and/or service from UNC Greensboro.

  • 2011: Betty Cone Medal of Arts from the United Arts Council of Greensboro.