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Dance Building

The Dance Building is the new home for dance at Michigan. Opened in September 2021, the 24,000 square foot facility features four large, flexible studio-classrooms, including a performance venue with seating for more than 100 and a dedicated screen dance studio, modern locker rooms, cross-training and treatment areas, and administrative offices.


The lobby of the new dance building on north campus, interior shot. The right wall is a mosaic of warm reddish wood tiles, the floor is brown polished concrete, the ceiling is exposed, showing off-white heating tubes and electrical conduits. The left side of the image has floor to ceiling windows with metal frames, there is a glimpse of green grass and sidewalk. There are no people in the photo. There are dark blue fabric enveloping armchairs in a row receding down the hallway.Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Lobby
A grand entrance to the building and the front door to dance at the University, the atrium is visible when driving toward the Moore and Dance Buildings down Baits Drive. Featuring floor to ceiling windows and lounge seating, this illuminated space is the prominent public gathering area bustling with activity.


The dance performance studio theatre in the new dance building. photo is from the back left corner of the room, shows the backs of three rows of permanent seating in the foreground, a large light grey marley floor, a floor to ceiling white curtain cover the right two thirds of the back wall and floor to ceiling windows on the left third of the back wall. There is dance equipment along the edges of the room including movable barres and a covered grand piano sits in the back far corner.Dance Performance Studio Theatre
Both a teaching studio and public performance venue, the largest of the four studios boasts 64’ by 68’ of space and is outfitted with state-of-the-art technology including sound and lighting capability, with built-in seating for 166.


Studio Two
U-M’s dance students learn to choreograph and produce dance for film and mixed media as part of their diversified education. This studio encompasess 48’ by 48’ of teaching and rehearsal space for the screen dance art form.


Judy Dow Rumelhart Ballet Studio
A flexible teaching and rehearsal 24’x 60’ studio, with significant natural light through windows and external views of the Moore Building to the north and internal views of the student lounge to the south.


The Perry Granoff studio in the new dance building on north campus. the image is from the corner, and shows a large expanse of wood dance floor, the wall to the right has wall to wall 8 foot tall mirrors with two levels of barres, and the far wall is all windows and features a view of trees in various fall colors.Perry Kasper Granoff Studio
This teaching and rehearsal studio with 46’ by 47’ of space features ample natural light, a sprung wood floor and views eastward toward the surrounding woods and the rest of North Campus.


The cross training room in the new dance building on north campus. Photo from a corner of the room, showing two full walls of floor to ceiling windows overlooking woods. The room is sunny. There is a stair master, treadmill, and seated bicycle machine along one of the window walls. There are stacks of hand weights near a wall.Cross-Training Room
To meet student needs for cross training, stretching, therapy, and treatment, this space is outfitted with treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and features floor to ceiling windows with a beautiful view south into the North Campus woods.


The student lounge in the new dance building on north campus. Showing square wood tables with white curved solid molded back chairs with yellow seat cushions. The right wall has a yellow stripe at the ceiling, and the wall below is dark blue fabric boards on which are displayed posters, notices, and photos. There is a student wearing a mask seated at a far table. The room is airy and brightly lit.Student Lounge & Locker Rooms
Featuring comfortable furniture and close proximity to the student locker rooms, the lounge is the prime student gathering space in the building outfitted with a fridge, microwave, and ice machine. First aid is also located in the student lounge.