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About the Purdue Contemporary Dance Company:

Purdue Contemporary Dance Company (PCDC) is the resident dance company of the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance, Division of Dance. The company is co-directed by the dance faculty and made up of dancers from across campus who are cast in a main stage dance concert produced at the end of each semester. Our company focuses on choreographic exploration and the creation of contemporary dance works. Dancers contribute creatively to the rehearsal process as well as being instructed in how to perform with technical and expressive proficiency on stage. We accept dancers of various dance backgrounds, with an emphasis on diverse movement qualities and unique styles of movement experience. PCDC is both a college course (DANC 24500) and a student organization. Auditions are conducted each semester for a mainstage performance in the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre. Please see our audition information below.

Auditions for Purdue Contemporary Dance Company - DANC 24500

Fall 2023:

  • Tuesday, August 29, at 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Pao Hall 1171


You must complete the audition form and send via email to Renee Murray at You will receive an email response with further audition information.

Deadline for submission is Tuesday, August 29, 2023 by 4:30pm.

During the audition you will learn and perform short movement phrases.  PCDC is open to all majors and movement experiences.

If you have submitted an audition form but have not received an email response within 72 hours, or if you have additional questions, please email


Purdue Contemporary Dance Company 2023 -2024

Winter Works Concert Dates: 

  • Friday, December 8 at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, December 9 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Spring Works Concert Dates:

  • Friday, April 26 at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, April 27 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm


XSeries 2023 - 2024

XSeries is the student-run organization that produces opportunities for dancers to create and perform, regardless of their background in dance. It is a program that relies on student leadership and community participation to support and nurture students' growth in their skills and confidence as creators, performers and presenters of dance.

A program of the Division of Dance, School of Design, Art, and Performance, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University.

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Dance Information:

(765) 494.5993 or


XWorks 2023 - 2024

Concert Dates:

  • Friday, February 23, 2024 – 7:00pm & 9:00pm
  • Saturday, February 24, 2024 – 5:00pm & 7:00pm

4 performances (seating is limited, tickets on sale ~ 30 min before show, $5 admission)

This is a once-a-year formal, student-directed concert that straddles the fall and spring semesters. Dances are welcome from all styles of dance, modern, jazz, hip hop, ballet, tap etc, and are expected to be well-developed and polished. To be involved, students attend the fall callout for dancers and choreographers held at the Dance Xchange – Friday, November 10, 2023 at 5:30pm. The performance is in the spring semester in the Dance Studio Theatre - Pao 1179. Works should be performance-ready by mid-February 2024 or risk being cut from the lineup.

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Dance Information:

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Dance Xchange 2023 -2024

This totally relaxed and informal venue is for presenting dance that is in progress. Choreographers can try our their dance ideas by showing movement material to receive feedback. Positive and gentle feedback is offered by student peers, and sometimes faculty who are in the room, and everyone is encouraged to offer their responses to the dance. Dances (solo or group) can be in rudimentary stages, perhaps simply a nugget of an idea that is barely one minute long. Choreographers involved in other XSeries performances show their works-in-progress at Dance Xchange. We suggest coming to watch and support others, as well as participating as a choreographer or dancer. Contact Holly Jaycox at for additional information concerning important dates and deadlines. Fridays at 5:30pm in Pao 1179. Fall 2023: Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Nov. 10. Spring 2024: Jan. 12, Jan. 26, Feb. 9.


Dance Information:

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Xperimental Concert

This is a semi-formal annual concert created and produced during the fall semester. This show is designed for trying out new and unusual ideas for dances. These dances can be very experimental or perhaps a first-time choreographic attempt. We encourage bold experiments! The concert is open to any dance styles, but insists on new and creative approaches to dance, and is usually performed in the round. Crew members are needed to perform jobs including run lights, run sound, and be stage and house manager.

Call out: Tuesday, August 29, 2023 - 8:00pm

Concert Date - October 20, 2023 - 5:30pm & 7:30pm (seating is limited, arrive early) - Admission

Dance Information:

(765) 494.5993 or