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Department of Dance

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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.

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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

Chelsea Hamm and Kevin Allswede took Bharatnatyam lessons as part of the India program. Photo by Chelsea Hamm
The India Program is Music to Their Ears

When nine U-M students began their journey to India with Prof. Stephen Rush in July, they thought they were going to learn about Indian classical music. But when they returned one month later, they also brought vast new knowledge about themselves and each other. more

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Professor reimagines presidential campaign as musical comedy

A movie musical written, directed, and produced in Ann Arbor by Prof. Andy Kirshner premieres at Michigan Theater on Sept. 22. more

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Rackham Graduate School Student Spotlight: Michael Parmelee

A profile of dancer Michael Parmelee who researches how the identity of the body is shaped by and through acts of performance.  more

The Koinonia Trio (Hye-Jin Cho, piano; Christine Harada Li, violin; Nathaniel Pierce, cello)
The New Entrepreneurs

EXCEL program prepares students for thriving careers in the performing arts more

FTC members rehearse William Crowley's "Where Future Memories Dwell" (Photo by Kirk Donaldson)
Taking Dance Outside the Studio

The Freshman Touring Company dance into the community under guidance of alumnus William Crowley more

 

events

image for Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Cat Coury and Mario Bermudez GilDance Master Class Repertory Series: Cat Coury and Mario Bermudez Gil

Friday, December 2 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe
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image for Dance and Related Arts ConcertDance and Related Arts Concert

December 2 - 3
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Tickets are $7, available at the door one hour before the show
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image for Composition Class ShowingComposition Class Showing

Thursday, December 8 - 2:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required
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image for BFA Dance PerformanceBFA Dance Performance

December 8 - 10
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Tickets are $7, available at the door one hour before the show
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image for Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Alan GoodDance Master Class Repertory Series: Alan Good

Friday, December 9 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required
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image for Performance Improvisation Class ShowingPerformance Improvisation Class Showing

Saturday, December 10 - 5:00pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventCongolese Class Showing

Sunday, December 11 - 2:00pm
Dance Building
Free - no tickets required
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'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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U-M Photo Services

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Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower

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