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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

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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

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

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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

Sarah Konner and Austin Selden (Photo: A. Ribner)
Ann Arbor Dance Works announces its 31st season

U-M's resident professional dance company presents works by SMTD faculty, alumni and visiting guest artists on June 9 & 10. more

 

events

image for Dance Master Class Repertory Series: KathakaliDance Master Class Repertory Series: Kathakali

Friday, September 30 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class
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image for South Asian Dance Concert: KathakaliSouth Asian Dance Concert: Kathakali

Saturday, October 1 - 7:00pm
East Quadrangle, Residential College- Keene Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for Dance Modern Technique Class: Zhao JilongDance Modern Technique Class: Zhao Jilong

Monday, October 3 - 2:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe the class
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image for Men’s Glee Club presents The Young Turks on FUSIONMen’s Glee Club presents The Young Turks on FUSION

Monday, October 3 - 7:00pm
Michigan Union, Rogel Ballroom
Free - no tickets required
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image for SMTD Community GatheringSMTD Community Gathering

Tuesday, October 4 - 11:00am
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required
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image for Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Liz RigaDance Master Class Repertory Series: Liz Riga

Friday, October 7 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class
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SMTD logo for eventDance Master Class Repertory Series: Matthew Rose and Lesley Garrison

Friday, October 14 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class
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image for Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Ricki Mason “Lou Henry Hoover”	Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Ricki Mason “Lou Henry Hoover”

Friday, October 21 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required to observe class
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image for Dance Master Class Repertory Series: Danny L. Reid and Jillian HooperDance Master Class Repertory Series: Danny L. Reid and Jillian Hooper

Friday, October 28 - 12:10pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
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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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