Current Fundraising Priorities

The Department of Dance Production and Enrichment Fund provides unrestricted support for innovative programming, diverse guest artists, and special projects prioritized by the department head. If you would like your gift to go to one of the following projects, please indicate that in the “Additional Instructions” section after you click “Continue” from Dance's giving site.

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Dancing on the Ceiling: Women of a certain age performing solos

This collective of renowned artists will be visiting campus to offer performances, panel discussions, and masterclasses. The work and the artists are mature, and the content is rich and surprising – running a gamut of aesthetic practices. Their work will be combined with other mature female artists from the Dance at Illinois faculty and will inspire all of us as they defy expectations. Your support will help us meet production needs and provide housing and compensation for our artists.

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Umfundalai Dance Technique Intensive

The UIUC Umfundalai Dance Technique Intensive is a workshop for ages 18 and older students that offers rigorous training in the Umfundalai Technique and Aesthetic History. It is taught by Umfundalai Master teacher and Dance at Illinois Associate Professor, Dr. C Kemal Nance, as well as others.  We are committed to offering full scholarships to current Dance at Illinois students and half-tuition scholarships to DAI alumni. Your contribution to this project will go directly to ensuring that our Dance at Illinois family has access to this incredible opportunity.

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Flatlands Dance Film Festival

Flatlands Dance Film Festival Retreat

The Flatlands Dance Film Festival is dedicated to supporting and presenting dance cinema, a medium which explores and innovates the intersections between filmmaking and dance making. As this annual festival continues to evolve and grow, we are committed to producing experimental film laboratory retreats for artists interested in collaboration, experiment, and the challenges of capturing the body in motion. The Flatlands retreat will serve as an incubator for work that can be produced for the festival in future years. Your contribution will help us launch our first retreat in summer 2024.

Flatlands Dance Film Festival
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Dance at Illinois Alumni Concerts

Alum Mark Kater (BFA ’80) is curating and producing a show of Dance at Illinois alumni works at Links Hall in Chicago this November 2024. These evenings provide an opportunity for us to reconnect with our amazing alumni and offers them a chance to showcase their work. Your gift will help us provide each selected alum with an artist stipend and ensure that we will be able to continue to produce quality alumni concerts in the future.

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