Studiodance I and Studiodance I Extended

Studiodance I 2019Studiodance I

In Program A, emerging choreographic artist and Master of Fine Arts candidate Charlie Maybee will present his contemporary explorations of the genre of tap dance. The program will include Dance alumni Isiah Asplund (BFA '17), Lauren Mendelson (BFA '18), and Randi Townsend (BFA '17) and Illinois alum Jon Faw ('17 MEDIA). 

Program B will feature small works created by Dance faculty in conjunction with alumni. Professor Sara Hook will bring back alums Betsy Brandt (MFA '12), Randi Townsend (BFA '17), and Kendra Portier (MFA '18) to the Studio Theatre stage. Professor Tere O'Connor will set the duet Double Flower Possibility on two alumni, and graduate Momar Ndiaye (MFA '17) will create a physically demanding solo for Professor Abigail Zbikowski.

Program A

February 28 at 7pm, March 1 at 9pm, and March 2 at 7pm

Program B

February 28 at 9pm, March 1 at 7pm, and March 2 at 9pm

May contain adult content


StudioDance I Extended

Armageddon or sunrise or something is a multi-year research project and performance for two dancers. Stemming from their shared interests in memory, nostalgia, resiliency, and placemaking, MFA candidates Mauriah Kraker and Leah Wilks probe into dreams as scores for movement and how the topographies of the Midwest and the South have shaped their bodies and their choices. Within the piece, they pull from their different histories in elite-level sports, improvisation, ballet, and sound design to explore care, exhaustion, ritual, and decay.

The work will premiere in a converted barn, Bluestem Hall, at Barnhart Prairie in Urbana, Illinois, March 8 and 9, 2019. Doors open at 7pm. Show begins at 7:30pm.

Dance at Illinois Summer Programs

FAA Summer Dance IntensiveFAA Summer Dance Intensive

At this immersive, weeklong program, each high school student selects a major and minor. In the Dance major, current Dance faculty members, graduate students, and recent Dance at Illinois graduates teach classes Monday through Friday. Students will be immersed in intense technical training in modern dance and ballet. Additional styles such as jazz, hip hop, and African will also be woven into the curriculum. A challenging modern dance piece choreographed by a summer faculty member will be rehearsed during the week and performed at the open house. Participants also join in evening activities such as bowling, ice skating, sand volleyball, shopping on campus, swimming, scavenger hunts, and trips to Krannert Art Museum. The FAA Summer Dance Intensive concludes with an open house and showcase for families and participants.

Dates: June 23–29, 2019

Cost: Program deposit with application: $50 (nonrefundable)

Residential program fee: $700 (includes instruction, housing, and meals)

Commuter program fee: $500 (includes instruction plus lunch and dinner Monday–Friday and dinner Sunday)

Apply here by May 1, 2019, for full consideration.


ChoreoPlatformChoreographic Platform

Announcing Dance at Illinois' First Annual Choreographic Platform! Participants will engage in physical practice, improvisational and choreographic collaborations, and rehearsals with Sara Hook, David Parker, and The Bang Group company members for 6–7 hours/day, resulting in a showing in studio spaces at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Dates: June 22–29, 2019, at Dance at Illinois

Cost: $400 plus housing

Apply here by March 15, 2019. Participants and scholarships will be announced on April 5, 2019

Full scholarships available to Dance at Illinois students, Dance at Illinois alumni, and Illinois dance teachers. Writing and video fellows to be announced.

For more information and updates, follow us on Instagram @choreoplatformillinois.Instagram @choreoplatformillinois

FAA Legacy Awardees in Dance

Michelle Boulé and Alex and Joan MurrayThe FAA Legacy Awards recognize college alumni and friends who have demonstrated courage, curiosity, and passion in their work. We are thrilled to announce that Dance received two awards in this inaugural year! Huge congrats to Michelle Boulé and Alex and Joan Murray!

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.

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