Minor in Dance
All eligible U-M undergraduate students are allowed to apply to the minor. There are no restrictions in regards to when a student can apply to the minor, however, it is suggested that students apply during their Freshman year. Students interested in the Dance minor should contact faculty advisor Missy Beck.
Applicants who have not taken U-M Dance Department technique courses at the 101-level or above should send a video of at least one minute in length that demonstrates dance proficiency and a one-page dance resume to faculty advisor Missy Beck. Pending review and acceptance, the student is invited to enroll in Dance 101, 102, 103, or 104 as an entry-level course in the program.
The Minor in Dance requires a minimum of 22 credits over four areas: technique, composition, dance history, and electives.
Degree requirements and term-by-term layout for current students.
U-M dancers are proactive in pursuing a variety of opportunities to perform both within and beyond the Department, developing their own unique performance and choreography portfolio over the course of their time at U-M. Students perform faculty and guest artist choreography in a major annual production of the department, held in 1,400-seat Power Center theater. First year dance majors perform faculty, guest artist and student choreography in multiple locations throughout southeast Michigan. Second or third year graduate students produce performances at the culmination of their degree, often casting students from the department. And seniors produce performances at the culmination of their degree, often casting students from the department.
A New Home For Dance
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.