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.
Angela Kane (Chair)
In addition to the regular faculty, students have the opportunity to work with a variety of guest artists each semester.
Students enrolled in the 2013 "Dance and Related Arts" course present Between the Hairs, an evening of collaborative works inspired by interdisciplinary artist Meredith Monk. The concert is the culmination of a semester-long exploration of movement, music, collaboration, and the creative process.
SMTD Department of Dance professor Peter Sparling and U-M Life Sciences Institute professor Dan Klionsky collaborated on a project to explain the science of autophagy through dance. A segment of DPTV's "Detroit Performs" covers the story and can be seen on demand starting Nov. 13.
Congratulations to dance students Maddy Rager and Nola Smith, winners of the 2013 Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award for their duet "Small Victories," which they performed at Michigan Dance Day at Hope College. This is the second year in a row that the award has gone to U-M Dance students.
Judy Rice, associate professor of dance, is the subject of the cover article for the September issue of Dance Teacher Magazine. This is the "college issue" that includes a Higher Education Guide for its 80,000+ readers.
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