Why Dance at Illinois?

If you want to dance and make dances that change the world – Dance at Illinois is your community.

The department assembles the strongest collection of researchers out of any dance department in the Midwest and among the top 10 in the nation.
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  • Join one of the top dance departments in the United States.
  • Dance with an extraordinary faculty within a small, intimate community (4:1 student faculty ratio).
  • Activate, delve, articulate, and launch your career through a diverse and interdisciplinary curriculum.
  • Choose from various programs that match your dreams, goals and ambitions.
  • Dance in world-class theaters and spacious light-filled studios.
  • Join a network of hundreds of innovators and practicing artist/alumni.
  • Collaborate with artists, scientists and humanists to create inter-disciplinary partnerships.
  • Study Abroad through our partnerships with Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel and many more.
  • Become a part of a supportive and collaborative community.
  • Build a sustainable artistic career.
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