The C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series is proud to offer an ever-growing series of entertainment, culture and quality.

The faculty and students who participate in the Union Board Artist Series Committee take great pride in selecting and presenting a series that students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community can all enjoy and experience with their friends and family members.

Upcoming Events

Tickets are posted on Etix.

Hiplet Ballerinas

February 8, 2022
7:30 p.m. in Duke Family Performance Hall
Proof of vaccination Required

The Chicago based Hiplet Ballerinas is an innovative dance troupe that infuses classical pointe with African, Latin, hip-hop, and urban dance styles that are rooted in communities of color. The company was specifically designed to make ballet accessible for all, incorporating classical techniques with popular songs and mixing in rhythms like African drumming and beat boxing. Hiplet Ballerinas has been seen everywhere from Americas Got Talent to Good Morning America, to audiences across the country.

Ranky Tanky

March 3, 2022
7:30 p.m. in Duke Family Performance Hall
Proof of vaccination is required

Grammy Award Winning Ranky Tanky will make their return to Davidson College as part of the Smith Artist Series. Native South Carolinians, Ranky Tanky (loosely translated as "Work It!" or "Get Funky!") bring life to the soulful songs of Gullah culture, fusing them with elements of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B. Gullah comes from the languages of West Africa and means "a people blessed by God". From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston, SC are "rank" and fertile ground from which these five contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.

Ticket Prices

Tickets can be purchased online on Etix and through the Union Ticket Office.

  • Davidson students: Free
  • Non-Davidson Students: $12
  • Davidson Faculty/Staff/Seniors/Military: $17
  • General Public: $22


Emily Eisenstadt
Assistant Director for Programs
Alvarez College Union

Aria Een ’22
Student Artist Series Chair

Special Thanks

We want to thank each of our season subscribers for their patronage last season and look forward to having you join us again this year. We value your feedback and hope that you enjoy this season as much, or even more so, than previous seasons.

We would also like to thank our supporters for this season:

If you're interested in joining this amazing group of people as a supporter of the Smith Artist Series, please contact assistant director for programs, Emily Eisenstadt, at 704-894-2192 or


More than 70 years ago, a series of performances by visiting musicians and choral groups was introduced to students and surrounding community members. In 1975, the students became heavily involved and primarily responsible for the Artist Series, including ticket sales, artist selection, publicity, and the preparation and clean-up of all events. Remarkably, this season marks the 40th Anniversary of the Artist Series. In 2002, the series was named the C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series in honor of C. Shaw Smith, the first College Union Director and his wife, Nancy. Smith served for nearly 30 years and left an everlasting, and often entertaining, impression on the students.