The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm, and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts.
The new work by internationally renowned composer Tarik O'Regan explores themes of surveillance and privacy. Free concert takes place at Hill Auditorium on Feb. 15 at 8 pm.
SMTD has partnered with the Gershwin family to bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide.
Lecturer of Dance
A.A. (English), College of the Canyons
B.A. (English), M.F.A., Univ. of Michigan
M.F.A (Dance Performance and Choreography), Univ. of Michigan
Melissa Beck is on a perpetual quest to develop anatomically sound ballet techniques and to encourage dancers to move with thoughtful efficiency for maximum output with minimum effort. She has presented her research at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) the National Dance Educators’ Organization (NDEO) conference and has been invited to present at the Performing Arts Medicine Conference (PAMA).
Beck has taught for the Paul Taylor Summer Intensive, Interlochen Arts Camp, Arts Unlimited: A Lincoln Center Institute and Wolftrap Ohio. Additionally, she has taught for MPulse’s Summer Dance Institute and was the acting director of the program in 2008. Beck was an adjudicator for the Ohio Dance Festival presented by the Ohio Dance Council (2006).
Beck is the 2006 recipient of the Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award presented by the Michigan Dance Council. In 2004, she was invited to present her choreography in Chicago at Around the Coyote Dance Festival. Beck has choreographed for dance, opera, theatre and musical theatre productions. She has had the pleasure of working with renowned directors Robert Benedetti (The Cradle Will Rock) and Nicolette Molnar (Jackie O). She has been commissioned to create works for the Bates Dance Festival: Youth Arts Program (1999), Bowling Green State University (2001), multiple productions for University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Chamber Music Ann Arbor (2003) and Ann Arbor Dance Works.
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