Dance at Illinois boasts more than 120 years of dance making!

Dance at Illinois is historic…

Years and milestones

1898 May Day festivities at the University of Illinois included dance.
1929 Ione Johnson began teaching modern dance in Physical Education and formed the first student performance group.
1948 Margaret Erlanger was hired and created the first dance degrees.
1959 Merce Cunningham and John Cage became the first dancer-in-residence in an academic/university program.
1968 Dance became a department within the College of Fine & Applied Arts and found a new home at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts!
1968 Bachelor of Fine Arts degree was implemented.
1981 A Masters of Fine Arts degree was implemented.
1985 Alwin Nikolais awarded an honorary doctorate degree.
1994 Katherine Dunham awarded an honorary doctorate degree.
2016 Bachelor of Arts as an inter-disciplinary degree was implemented.
2018 Yoga Certification was implemented.
2021 Bachelor of Arts in Dance + Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology was implemented.
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