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Department of Dance


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.


guest artists

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


Lily Baldwin's film "Through You." Featuring Amari Cheatom and Joanna Kotze
Taking a Bite of the Big Apple

Dance alumni forge many paths to success in NYC.     more

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


image for MFA Dance Thesis Performance: Sydney SchiffMFA Dance Thesis Performance: Sydney Schiff

Saturday, March 17 - 7:30pm
Off-Campus Location, The Campus Chapel, 1236 Washtenaw Ct., Ann Arbor
Free - no tickets required

'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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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

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