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.

November Dance

Symone SanzNovember 8–10, 2018

Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center

As Dance at Illinois celebrates dancing 50 years, Dance faculty members will collaborate with alumni to create dances for November Dance, February Dance, and Studiodance I. November Dance provides a unique historical perspective as all four choreographers have a long and rich history with Dance at Illinois. Faculty members Rebecca Nettl-Fiol (BFA '75), Linda Lehovec (MFA '96), and Professor Emeritus Renée Wadleigh (MFA '91) are all graduates of the program, and the Head of the Dance Department, Jan Erkert, was a frequent guest artist at Illinois from 1980 to 1989. Professor Nettl-Fiol will co-create a piece for Dance students with alumna Melanie Bales (MFA '83). Professor and department head Jan Erkert will reconstruct a solo titled Antigamente, originally built for alumna Juli Hallihan-Campbell (BFA '84, MFA '92), a member of Erkert's company for over 10 years. Professor Lehovec will present work created in partnership with alumna Paige Cunningham (MFA '07), a former dancer with Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Finally, Professor Renée Wadleigh will return from retirement to create her 50th work on Dance at Illinois students.

FAA Legacy Awardees in Dance

Michelle Boulé and Alex and Joan MurrayThe FAA Legacy Awards recognize college alumni and friends who have demonstrated courage, curiosity, and passion in their work. We are thrilled to announce that Dance received two awards in this inaugural year! Huge congrats to Michelle Boulé and Alex and Joan Murray!

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)

For more information please contact musicadmissions@illinois.edu.

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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