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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

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

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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

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Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Dance, Peter Sparling is a recipient of a Distinguished University Professorship. Effective September 1, Sparling will be a Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished University Professor. This appointment is one of the highest honors the University can bestow upon a faculty member.

Dancer:  Robin Wilson in Jessica Fogel's Into the Wind,  Photo:  Jeff Dykehouse
U-M, GVSU collaboration to bring alternative-energy inspired arts performance to Muskegon

Ann Arbor Dance Works performance called "Into the Wind" is the multifaceted story about the potential transformation of Muskegon, Mich., in part by exploring alternative energy industries.   more

Paul Taylor Dance Company members performing "Uncommitted" (Photo by Tom Caravaglia)
Paul Taylor Summer Intensive Showcase

The Paul Taylor Summer Intensive, hosted by the SMTD Department of Dance June 23 to 29, concludes with a free showing of works, open to the public, on Sunday, June 29 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  more

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Ann Arbor Dance Works Presents "Into the Wind" Previews

SMTD's resident professional dance company explores wind energy in an interdisciplinary site-specific performance project; previews are June 11 & 12 in Ann Arbor. more

 

events

SMTD logo for eventDance Master Class Repertory Series: Carol Teitelbaum

Friday, October 24 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe
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image for Dance on Screen ExhibitionDance on Screen Exhibition

Oct. 27-28, 12-7PM
North Campus Research Complex, Studio 520
Free - no tickets required
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image for Dance on Screen Exhibition and Panel DiscussionDance on Screen Exhibition and Panel Discussion

Oct. 27-28, 12-7PM
North Campus Research Complex, Studio 520
Free - no tickets required
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image for Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Rodney BrownDance Master Class Repertory Series: Rodney Brown

Friday, October 31 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe
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image for Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Ron De JesusDance Master Class Repertory Series: Ron De Jesus

Friday, November 7 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe
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SMTD logo for eventRIA Colloquium: Richard Alston

Tuesday, November 11 - 1:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required
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image for Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Francesca RomoDance Master Class Repertory Series: Francesca Romo

Friday, November 14 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe
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SMTD logo for eventDance Concert: From the Deepest Chest

November 20-22
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door 1 hour prior to the show.
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image for Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Eryn RosenthalDance Master Class Repertory Series: Eryn Rosenthal

Friday, November 21 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe
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Power Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Bill DeYoung
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"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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