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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

image for Professor Croft receives 2016-17 IRWG grant
Professor Croft receives 2016-17 IRWG grant

One of seven U-M professors to receive a grant, Croft's IRWG will support research for a book about Jill Johnston, a dance critic and radical lesbian feminst. more

Still images from Peter Sparling's Film 200@200
Glancing Back, Dancing Forward

The University of Michigan Bicentennial celebration spans the full calendar year of 2017, and the Department of Dance will be one of the first on campus to usher in the festivities.   more

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image for Always Inspirational, Forever Valiant: A Bicentennial Appreciation for the Performing Arts at Michigan
Always Inspirational, Forever Valiant: A Bicentennial Appreciation for the Performing Arts at Michigan

The University of Michigan Bicentennial marks 200 years of extraordinary research, education, and public service.  more

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

 

events

image for MFA Dance Program: GIVEMFA Dance Program: GIVE

Friday, March 10 - 8:00pm
Duderstadt Center (Media Union), Video Studio
Free - no tickets required
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image for Guest Recital: Courtney Miller, oboe and Kristin Mars, danceGuest Recital: Courtney Miller, oboe and Kristin Mars, dance

Monday, March 13 - 8:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for Musicology Lecture: Prof. Stephanie Jordan (RE-SCHEDULED FROM 2/17)Musicology Lecture: Prof. Stephanie Jordan (RE-SCHEDULED FROM 2/17)

Friday, March 17 - 5:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall
Free - no tickets required
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image for MFA Dance Performance: Sadie Lehmker and Molly PaberzsMFA Dance Performance: Sadie Lehmker and Molly Paberzs

Saturday, March 25 - 8:00pm
North Campus Research Complex, Building 18, Dining Hall
Free 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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