COME DANCE WITH US!
And here you will dance—every day. During your time with the high-caliber faculty of Dance at Illinois you'll receive intensive training in contemporary modern dance and ballet that will prepare you for a professional career. You'll grow as a dance artist as you improve your technique, develop your own creative voice, and gain versatility by learning other movement forms, improvisation, and mind-body practices.
Our program builds relationships between students and professionals in many areas of dance. Unique to Dance at Illinois is the Mark Morris Shadow Program, which lets selected students experience life within a touring company while the Mark Morris Dance Group is on campus. Each year we host more residencies and master classes with dance makers like these:
- Jennifer Archibald
- Bebe Miller Company
- Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
- Darrell Jones
- Janet Panetta
- Trisha Brown Dance Company
You can dance in the 20-30 works our department creates each school year and develop your artistry in collaborative concerts with your senior class. Our demanding program features innovative choreography that will refine your skills and help you become a more expressive and exciting performer. You also can appear in musicals like Cabaret and My Fair Lady at the university, work with local studios, or join one of the dozens of campus dance clubs.
Be inspired in our dance studios with sprung floors and plentiful natural light. Take flight in the theatres at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts—a world-class intersection of creativity, technology, and tradition. Or head outside for dance projects that bring movement to a busy Champaign street, a field in autumn, or rustic farm buildings.
With Dance at Illinois you can expect
- In-depth mentoring
- 7:1 student-faculty ratio
- Locked-in tuition rates
- Diverse guest artists
- Professional contacts from around the globe
Here you will find a welcoming community ready to help you explore the many paths you can take in your dance career. Come dance—and experience much more—with us!
"The department gave me confidence and truly made me believe that with the discipline and knowledge gained from this art form, you can apply yourself to multiple fields in the world."
—Lauren Bruker (BFA 2009), certified in personal training, spin, and yoga