The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm, and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts.
Jamie Colburn and Jessica Gomes-Ng will perform the roles of Tony and Maria, respectively, in selections from West Side Story as part of one of the Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concert at Hill Auditorium on Nov. 18
SMTD has partnered with the Gershwin family to bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide.
Associate Professor of Dance
Judy Rice is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada and has performed extensively across the U.S. and Canada including the Joffrey Ballet, the National Tap Dance Company of Canada and American Ballet Comedy. She has 20 years experience teaching for regional companies and festivals as well as Company Dance, DMA, DEA, CNADM, SADM, 3D Dance Network, The Joffrey Ballet School, The Joffrey Ballet, Steps and the Dance Teacher Magazine Summer Conference. Rice has been a judge for ADA, HEADLINERS and has been on the faculty for Dance Masters Teacher Training School and CNADM training school. She was a contributing writer to GOLDRUSH magazine.
In May of 2000, Rice co-founded Behind Barres with pianist Paul Lewis and producer Rob Martens and to date they have produced 11 albums of ballet class music, which was featured on ABC’s hit show Lost, and have released 7 educational DVD’s. Rice’s television credits include Fame, All My Children, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Great American Dance Challenge. Since 1990 she has been an associate professor of performing arts at the University of Michigan and has been on the faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Pace University and Peridance in NYC. Rice has also been an ambassador for lululemon athletica. Most recently she has served as private ballet coach for Katie Holmes and Amy Adams and as collaborator to Tyce Diorio for his choreography for Fox television's So You Think You Can Dance.
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