The Arts in the Time of Pandemic

Join a Zoom event hosted by the Center for Advanced Study this semester. Get the details about these conversations featuring members of the College of Fine and Applied Arts.

Dancing LIVE

We are proud of our university's leadership in testing and tracing, which has enabled our students to engage in dancing in multiple ways: inside our spacious studios, outside, onstage live and streaming, and online with the best technology possible.

Nevada Dance Studio
(Nevada Dance Studio)

Our studios have been taped off to reflect 10 x 10 squares, giving each dancer 100 square feet of space to dance in while maintaining safe social distancing, and of course, wearing masks.

Nevada Dance Studio
(Illini Grove)

You can find our students dancing in various outdoor spaces including the basketball court at the enchanting Illini Grove, the Arboretum, the terraces and Amphitheatre at Krannert Center, and the grassy field behind the Nevada Dance Complex.

Black Arts Initiative "We Got Next"

We Got Next by Stacey RobinsonDance Professor Endalyn Taylor is coordinating the summer salon series "We Got Next" and was selected as an FAA Dean's Fellow for the year to lead the Black Arts Initiative. Read more about this program.

Faculty Announcements

Cynthia Oliver was named Center for Advanced Studies Professor, the highest award for faculty at Illinois.

Endalyn Taylor was named Black Arts Dean's Fellow in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, working to enhance the research synergies of FAA black faculty.

Endalyn Taylor and Abigail Zbikowski received tenure and were promoted to associate professor.

John Toenjes was promoted to full professor.

Campus Awards for Excellence in Faculty Leadership

Jan Erkert, Dance Department Head/Professor—Executive Officer Distinguished Leadership Award
Sara Hook, Professor—Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award

College of Fine and Applied Arts Awards
Abby Zbikowski, Associate Professor—Excellence in Research Award

Dance at Illinois Is Staying Connected


Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages to see a series called #distancedances, highlighting DAI students who are dancing and creating during this time of social distancing. @danceatillinois


Creative Dance for Kids Online

Three DAI seniors—Lindsey Jennings, Taylor Adams, and Nina Crouchelli—are offering online children's classes to keep our kids moving!


Moving Together with Zoom

DAI is planning a community class every Friday at 11am CDT, led by a different faculty member each week. We hope these classes will be a way to connect and share!

Breaking News! ACDA Updates

Second-year MFA candidate Danzel Thompson Stout’s Manifesting Our Movement, Manifesting Our Dance has been chosen to represent DAI at the National College Dance Festival at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, California, May 29-31, 2020. Although this event has been canceled due to COVID-19, the work may be traveling to Jacob's Pillow in August. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

DAI Alum Leslie Cuyjet (BFA '03) Wins 2019 Bessie for Outstanding Performance

Leslie Cuyjet Wins BessieSustained Achievement with Jane Comfort, Niall Jones, Juliana F. May, Cynthia Oliver, and Will Rawls

For her ability to combine technical precision, astonishing energy, humor, and raw theatrical power to consistently illuminate the choreographer's vision.

DAI Assistant Professor Endalyn Taylor Wins Emmy Award

Endalyn Taylor Wins an EmmyThe 2019 Emmy Awards Mid-America took place on Saturday, October 5, and honored the Big Ten Network show Illinois Artists: Endalyn Taylor with the Excellence in Art/Entertainment–Program Feature Segment award.

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

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.