University of Michigan

University of Michigan Department of Dance

YEAR EST.: 1974
DEPARTMENT LEADERSHIP: Christian Matijas-Mecca
DEGREE PROGRAMS OFFERED: BFA in Dance, MFA in Dance, Dance Minor
PROGRAM EMPHASIS: A range of classical and contemporary western dance practices and methodologies, Popular / Vernacular styles, and dances of the African Diaspora.
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The Department of Dance at the University of Michigan is part of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) and offers a BFA in Dance, a two-year MFA, and a Dance Minor. The dance program delivers comprehensive dance training combined with excellent academics to prepare dancers for wide-ranging opportunities in the field of 21st-century dance. Major focuses include Physical Practices/Techniques, Choreography and Composition, Interdisciplinary Practices, Media, History, and Music. Many students are dual majors, making innovative connections between subject areas. 

Dance majors have unique opportunities through frequent workshops and master classes with creative artists and performers, actively in the field, and have numerous opportunities to perform and show work in a variety of venues. They develop as strong choreographers, versatile performers, and entrepreneurs in their approach toward creative projects and their career trajectory, supported by SMTD’s EXCEL entrepreneurship program. Close faculty mentorship offers support for individual interests. The Department of Dance at U-M also encourages students to draw upon the university’s breadth of resources, preparing them for diverse opportunities within the field.

The department will be moving into a newly designed and constructed building for dance in Fall 2021 that will further support training and performance, and enhance collaboration.

– Dee Tomasetta (BFA 2015) – Peter Pan and in the ensemble of the First National Tour of Finding Neverland. Performance credits include: Good Morning America, Disney’s Freaky Friday, The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel LIVE, Radio City New York Spectacular, Saturday Night Live, and America’s Got Talent. She was a Top 15 female finalist in Season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD). She then worked as an assistant choreographer on projects with Mia Michaels
– Julie Tice (BFA 1997) – Former principal dancer in the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
– Catherine Coury (BFA 2011) – Co-director of Marcat Dance Company, extensive international touring with New York City’s Shen Wei Dance Arts, Shannon Gillen, Gallim Dance, and LoudHoundMovement.
– Matthew Rose (BFA 1995) – Dancer with Pascal Rioult Dance Theater, the Martha Graham Dance Company, and Mark Morris Dance Company, for whom he was Morris’ Assistant.