Musical Theatre Minor

Kiss Me Kate, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, Photo by Darrell HoemannNew for 2018–19 is a minor in musical theatre.

Applicants must:

  • Complete at least 30 credit hours prior to the January application period
  • Be in good academic standing (2.00 cumulative GPA or higher)
  • Complete prerequisite courses in music, theatre, and dance (2.50 cumulative GPA or higher)

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Dancing 50: Moving Forward/Looking Back

Alumni Weekend Event: November 9–12, 2018

Dance at Illinois is celebrating its 50th birthday of becoming a department in the College of Fine and Applied Arts and moving into the extraordinary Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Come celebrate with us! Connect with your classmates and Illinois faculty, join in panels and workshops to share your research/teaching/choreography, take classes and dance with other alumni and current students, see November Dance performances in the Colwell Playhouse, and attend lively receptions.

Major themes of the weekend will revolve around Physical Practice, Creative Process, Somatics, and Teaching. We hope you can all join us for the full 4-day event, but if that is not possible, you will be able to strategically schedule your days at the event to most closely align with your current interests. Detailed information can be found on our alumni page.

Dance at Illinois Selected for the National College Dance Festival

Our esteemed adjudicators (Charles O. Anderson, Head of Dance, University of Texas/Austin, Siobhan Burke, New York Times and Dance Magazine critic, and Leah Cox, Dean of the American Dance Festival) said about this piece:

"where we're going unapologetically celebrates black women's power, beauty, and strength. In the spirit of black female artists such as Urban Bush Women and Camille A. Brown, this work creates an uninhibited space that draws from Africanist aesthetics from the traditional to the contemporary." 

We are so proud of Krystal and her cast—this is an amazing accomplishment!

A huge congratulations to undergraduate student Krystal Collins (BFA '18) and her cast—Kadesha Ellison, Tyjah Kelly, Tia Pruitt, Star Milam, and Faith Stanton. Collins's work where we're going was one of two selected from 44 pieces at the Central Region Conference to be performed at the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., June 6–9, 2018.

Dance at Illinois' participation in the National College Dance Festival was made possible by support from the Key Charles Pittman Performing Arts Endowment Fund.

FAA Summer Dance Intensive, June 24–30, 2018

Applications for our FAA Summer Dance Intensive are now available! Join the faculty and current students of one of the strongest and oldest dance programs in the country! You will be immersed in intense technical training in modern dance and ballet. Additional styles such as African, jazz, and tap will also be woven into the curriculum. A challenging modern dance piece choreographed by a summer faculty member will be rehearsed during the week and performed at the end of the intensive. Apply online today!

Counterpoint Project

Counterpoint ProjectCreated by Endalyn Taylor, assistant professor in dance, and Patrick Hammie, associate professor of painting and sculpture, the Counterpoint Project seeks to democratize an art form that has traditionally heralded young white bodies and "sameness" as its most treasured aesthetic by addressing several areas of "otherness" within the balletic aesthetic including brownness, muscularity, physical disability, and accomplishment in the field.

The project creates a platform that educates communities about the historical and present-day accomplishments of groundbreaking black ballerinas in hopes of invigorating the consideration of ballet as a viable professional venture for black and brown youth. Seeing women with similar cultural, social, and economic histories dancing through barriers of biases broadens the perception of what is acceptable and fair in the world of ballet and challenges the field to investigate the potential for intersectionality in the future.


Yoga Teacher Certification Program

YogaWe are happy to announce that Dance at Illinois will be offering a 200-hour yoga teacher certification program beginning in the fall of 2018. After completing five yoga-specific courses, as well as the required courses DANC 345: Dance Kinesiology and DANC 450: Teaching Workshop, you will be able to register with Yoga Alliance as a registered yoga teacher at the 200-hour level (RYT 200).

Visit the Dance at Illinois Kiosk for more information.

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