Department of Dance

The Department of Dance celebrates creative risk taking, practical and theoretical research, scholarship, wellness, and entrepreneurship. We provide an expansive approach to the relevance of dance within cultures and communities that offers a combination of world-class dance training within a leading research university. We provide diverse perspectives, and integrate practice and theory to prepare dance artists for resilient and multi-faceted careers in our rapidly evolving fields. We emphasize technique, performance, research, and composition to prepare our students to become performers, choreographers, scholars, and professors in higher education. Collaborations with students in other departments within the School of Music, Theatre & Dance are strongly encouraged and supported by robust funding opportunities that can lead to advancements in the field and facilitate life-long professional relationships. Dance students at the University of Michigan employ their training to pursue their work in a variety of areas. Generations of UM dance alumni are actively working as performers, choreographers, and directors in both concert and commercial dance, throughout North America and abroad.


Judy Rice

Associate Professor of Performing Arts




Bachelor of Fine Arts


Master of Fine Arts

Performance Opportunities

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.

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