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Department of Dance

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The Department of Dance is committed to excellence, innovation, learning in action, and entrepreneurship. Our mission is to bridge dance practice and scholarship and to foster interdisciplinary inquiry. As an internationally renowned faculty, we bring a challenging range of perspectives to our teaching and research, and we continually reexamine our curriculum in order to prepare both young and mature dancers for careers in an ever-evolving field.

The Dance Department embraces and extends the legacies of 20th-century American modern dance and ballet, ever mindful of the necessity to invigorate contemporary dance forms. Students forge their own creative voice, consolidate a range of technical skills and enjoy extensive performances opportunities. From dancing in the first year Freshman Touring Company to performing onstage at the Power Center, creating multi-media collaborations in the Duderstadt Video Studio or working in the community, dance students develop discipline, independent thinking, creative problem-solving, leadership and team skills, technological competencies and an appreciation for artistic, intellectual and social diversity. The fundamentals and finer points of dance technique, performance and composition are stressed; all practical learning is underpinned by compulsory academic courses both within and beyond our discipline.

Dance can also be studied as part of a dual-degree program. Many of our dance majors graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree concurrently with their BFA.

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guest artists

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

news

Gulshan Singh and Jacob Hash, both computer science seniors, present their work in Video Game Music (Photo: Peter Smith)
Performing Arts in the Digital Age

Through dynamic multidisciplinary courses, SMTD is helping prepare students for 21st century careers. more

RADC rehearsal director Martin Lawrance rehearses students in Alston's Brisk Singing (Photo: Kirk Donaldson)
Transatlantic Connections

Re-staging Richard Alston's choreography more

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SMTD logo for news"Into the Wind" Draws Upon the Expertise, Creativity of Many

Jessica Fogel's "Into the Wind" was a multi-disciplinary, cross-departmental, and dual university project to explore attitudes about alternative energy. more

SMTD logo for newsStudent-Choreographed Dance Concert Set for November

Works by five dance students will be featured in performances scheduled for Nov. 20-22. more

George Gershwin at piano that was donated to SMTD. (Photo courtesy of the Ira Gershwin Archive)
U-M Unveils Historic Gershwin Piano at Free Public Concert

A fully restored 1933 Model A Steinway piano, previously belonging to George Gershwin, will be unveiled at a free public concert in Hill Auditorium on Friday, October 10 at 8:30 p.m. more

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Works of Necessity

Carolyn Dorfman's choreography is grounded in humanity, legacy, community...and a belief that art can change the world. more

 

events

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February 2 - 1
Duderstadt Center (Media Union), Gallery
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventCurrents & Crossings

February 5 - 7
Power Center for the Performing Arts
Reserved seating $28/$22/$10 with student ID
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image for Transatlantic Connections: Restaging Richard Alston’s ChoreographyTransatlantic Connections: Restaging Richard Alston’s Choreography

Saturday, February 7 - 6:45pm
Power Center for the Performing Arts, Reception Room
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventConfetti Sunsrise

February 18 - 19
Duderstadt Center (Media Union), Video Studio
Free - no tickets required
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image for Dance Masterclass: Hou Ying and Zhang PengDance Masterclass: Hou Ying and Zhang Peng

Saturday, February 21 - 11:00am
Dance Building, Studio A
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventSMTD@UMMA: Dance on Camera

February 21 - 22
Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for Guest Dance Performance: Hou Ying and Peng ZhangGuest Dance Performance: Hou Ying and Peng Zhang

Tuesday, February 24 - 7:00pm
Residential College, Keene Theater
Free - no tickets required
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Power Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Bill DeYoung
Power Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Peter SparlingPower Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Peter SparlingPower Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Bill DeYoungPower Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Bill DeYoungPower Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Bill DeYoungPower Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Robin WilsonPower Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Robin WilsonPower Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Lucinda ChildsPower Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Lucinda Childs
"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

Tom Bower

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