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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 newsSMTD Receives Quick Win/Discovery Grant for Cultural Entrepreneurship Project

University grant will support program to help performing arts students develop entrepreneurial skills in the transformed cultural landscape of the 21st century. more

Robin Wilson, Bill DeYoung, Sandra Torliano, Peter Sparling, Jessica Fogel, Melissa Beck, Amy Chavasse, Photo: Kirk Donaldson
Ann Arbor Dance Works Celebrates 30 Years

Thirty years ago, the Department of Dance received a dynamic surge of vitality and creativity. more

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Hector Flores Komatsu
Creating the 21st Century Artist

SMTD partners with UMS to establish a unique new internship program. more

Michael Parmelee and Maeve McEwen (photo by Peter Smith)
Students Perform with Top London Dance Company

Michael Parmelee and Maeve McEwen performed with the Richard Alston Dance Company at London's premier center for contemporary dance.  more

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Assistant Professor Clare Croft receives Henry Russel Award

Assistant Professor of Dance Clare Croft will receive one of the highest honors the University bestows upon junior faculty. more

Robin Wilson, Bill DeYoung, Sandra Torijano, Peter Sparling, Jessica Fogel, Amy Chavasse, Melissa Beck (Photo: Kirk Donaldson)
Ann Arbor Dance Works Celebrates 30 Years with “A Feast of Dances”

New works and revivals will be presented at UMMA to celebrate a landmark anniversay of SMTD's resident professional dance company. more

Photo by Lon Horwedel
Professor Peter Sparling featured in Bentley Library's Collections

Professor of Dance Peter Sparling is the cover subject of the spring edition of the Bentley Historical Library magazine Collections. more

Photo by Bennett Kosma
SMTD senior passionate about dance

SMTD senior Hillary Kooistra was one of this year's 21st Century Artist Interns. The internship, a collaboration between SMTD and UMS matches U-M students with professional performing ensembles that UMS will present the following season. more

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U-M selects Sphinx’s founder as new dean of School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Aaron Dworkin, recognized internationally for his leadership and advocacy of diversity in the performing arts, will serve as dean of the SMTD beginning July 20, 2015.  more

 

Into the Wind, choreography by Jessica Fogel
Power Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Peter SparlingPower Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Peter SparlingPower Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Bill DeYoungPower Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Bill DeYoungPower Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Bill DeYoungPower Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Robin WilsonPower Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Robin WilsonPower Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Lucinda ChildsPower Center Concert 2012, Choreography by Lucinda Childs
"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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