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  1. New dance building approved for North Campus

    At the Board of Regents meeting on May 17, a proposal to build a new facility for the Department of Dance at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance was approved. The new building will be constructed adjacent to the Brehm Pavilion at the Earl V. Moore Building. It will be approximately 24,000 gross square…

  2. Performing Well

    SMTD’s new Wellness Initiative is addressing the unique physical and psychological challenges faced by performing arts students. With the exception of intercollegiate athletics, there is no program at the University of Michigan that is more physically taxing than the study of the performing arts. Instrumentalists, singers, dancers, and actors constantly use their bodies in service to…

  3. Dancing For Change

    A student-choreographed dance about racism at U-M opens eyes and sparks conversation. It is protocol at SMTD’s Collage Concerts for the audience to hold their applause until the end of the performance. This practice ensures that one act morphs seamlessly into the next while maintaining the concert’s trademark element of surprise: early music followed by big…

  4. Moving Forward, Looking Back

    Professors Peter Sparling and Jerry Blackstone reflect on three decades at SMTD as they prepare for retirement. “I think that in the 30 years I’ve been here, Peter and I have maybe interacted no more than a few minutes,” said Professor Jerry Blackstone, director of choral activities and chair of conducting, as he settled himself…

  5. Taking a Bite of the Big Apple

    New York City has always been a dance mecca-home to some of the most important names in contemporary dance, including Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, and so many more. The city is also alive with other opportunities for dancers and choreographers-in theatre, opera, film, television, and concerts-and connections to a burgeoning creative…