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Department of Dance

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Dance at U-M offers a winning combination: a world class dance education within a leading research university. An extraordinary breadth of resources enables our students to bridge knowledge across disciplines and communities and to gain an understanding of dance as a significant mode of inquiry. U-M dancers excel within an inclusive learning environment that encourages deep engagement through the transformative experiences of dancing and dance making. Academic courses both within and beyond our discipline inform the studio courses.

We celebrate risk taking, engaged learning, and entrepreneurship. Students forge their own creative voice, consolidate a range of technical skills, and enjoy extensive performances opportunities. With an expansive approach to the relevance of dance within culture, our internationally renowned faculty provides a range of perspectives that integrate practice and theory, preparing dance artists for resilient and multi-faceted careers in a rapidly evolving field.

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guest artists

In addition to the regular faculty, students have the opportunity to work with a variety of guest artists each semester.

news

Prof. Peter Sparling featured on 5-screen projection system for multi-layered video, created by Sparling and Prof. Robert Adams
Alumni and Faculty Finalists of Third Century Screens (3CS) Competition at Third Century Expo

Works by 13 U-M alumni and faculty video artists, created specifically for the Pop-Up Projection Pavilion, will be on view at the Alumni Center Founders Room, October 26-28 as part of Third Century Expo. more

Photo by Paula Lobo
Clare Croft’s Explode! Queer Dance reviewed in "The New York Times"

Assistant Professor Clare Croft's Explode! Queer Dance was a four-day festival in Brooklyn, NY. more

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Alumni Ali Woerner and Thayer Jonutz of Take Root Dance Company
Ann Arbor Dance Works presents its 32nd Annual Season

The resident professional dance company of the Department of Dance presents exciting new and recent dance works choreographed and performed by guest artists, faculty, alumni, and students. more

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Regents appoint Melody Racine as interim dean of SMTD

Melody Racine, senior associate dean for academic, faculty, and student affairs at SMTD will step in as interim dean of the school, effective Aug. 16. more

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Elegant Harmony

Dance professor Bill DeYoung's two-tiered interdisciplinary research project highlights the harmonious interactions of the dancer and the body     more

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Clare Croft, assistant professor of dance, received a grant of $6,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (a summer stipend) to support work on her current book project, a biography of American dance critic and lesbian activist Jill Johnston (1929-2010).   

 

events

image for Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Maija GarciaDance Master Class Repertory Series: Maija Garcia

Friday, October 20 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theater
Free - no tickets required to observe
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October 26 - 28
U-M Alumni Center, Founders Room
Free - no tickets required
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image for Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Ali Woerner and Thayer JonutzDance Master Class Repertory Series: Ali Woerner and Thayer Jonutz

Friday, October 27 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theater
Free - no tickets required to observe
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Friday, October 27 - 6:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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Friday, November 3 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theater
Free - no tickets required to observe class
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image for Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Eryn RosenthalDance Master Class Repertory Series: Eryn Rosenthal

Friday, November 10 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theater
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SMTD logo for eventFaculty Lecture: Amy Chavasse, dance

Tuesday, November 14 - 6:00pm
East Quadrangle, Room 1405
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'City of Rain' - Choreographed by Camille A. Brown
'Bottle Tree Stories' - Choreographed by Robin Wilson'Beautiful Wreck' - Choreographed by Missy Beck'Cheating, Lying, Sealing' - Choreographed by Bill DeYoung'Goodbye to Wayward Flesh' - Choreographed by Amy Chavasse'Travesía del Papalote' - Choreographed by Sandra Torijano'Into the Wind' - Choreographed by Jessica Fogel'City of Rain' - Choreographed by Camille A. Brown'Big Weather' - Choreographed by Peter Sparling'Cheating, Lying, Sealing' - Choreographed by Bill DeYoung
"There's not one element of my life that doesn't revolve around dance...Dance is a metaphor for what's possible in life. To be able to move as a dancer has been a source of joy my whole life."
Daniel Gwirtzman, BFA Dance 1992

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