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Prospective students: Tour the Dept. of Theatre and Dance
November 25 2014 at 4:00 PM
Old Main
The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to offer tours of our programs and facilities to all students interested in pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies in theatre or undergraduate studies in dance. If this day/time is not a good one for you, here is our total list of upcoming tours: Tuesday, September 9, 2014Friday, September 26Friday, October 17Tuesday, October 28Tuesday, November 25Tuesday, December 16Tuesday, January 6, 2015Friday, January 23Friday, February 13Tuesday, February 24Tuesday, March 10Friday, March 27Tuesday, March 31Tuesday, April 7Friday, April 24
Wayne State Insiders at the Allesee Dance Theatre
December 5 2014 at 1:30 PM
Old Main
In celebration of another great year for the Wayne State Insiders, we have a special treat from the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance. On Friday, Dec. 5, we will get a sneak peek at the dance performance that will be featured at the annual Noel Night festivities the following evening. Join us to hear about the program from professor and WSU alumna Linda Simmons at 1:30 p.m. at the Allesee Dance Theatre in Old Main. Attendees are also invited to enjoy the final dress rehearsals for the show. The hour-long rehearsals will be held at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., and you may choose the performance that best fits your schedule. The Wayne State Insiders includes alumni, friends, students, parents, faculty and staff who serve as informal ambassadors for Wayne State and our Midtown community. We welcome anyone excited about the positive impact of WSU and Detroit’s urban renewal. The more we learn, the more we can share, and the greater our collective impact can be.
December Dance Concert
December 5 2014 at 7:30 PM
Bonstelle Theatre
The December Dance Concert highlights the work of renowned guest artists, faculty, and select students.  The 2014 December Dance Concert features eight diverse works from renowned guest artists, faculty, and select students, including the relentlessly energetic Of the Earth Far Below, choreographed by the 2014-15 Allesee Artist in Residence, Doug Varone, director of Doug Varone and Dancers in New York City. Biba Bell’s assembly illuminates dance as more than the sum of its parts, as a single dancer sets the ensemble into motion. The program also features Haitian Suite, an African dance offering by To Sangana, the Wayne State African Dance Workshop Company and Doubt, a hip hop piece by faculty member Travis Staton-Marrero.
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Of note:

WSU Performs at Oakland Dance
Festival Nov. 22

December Dance Concert
Dec. 5th (7pm) & 7th (2pm)

Noel Night Dance Company Performances
Dec. 6th (6:30 & 8pm)

Welcome to Dance 
at Wayne State!

The dance program at Wayne State University is part of the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance and is one of the oldest and most respected in the country. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), our BFA and BS programs have a dual focus: contemporary modern dance and neo-classical ballet, also integrating choreography, dance history, and digital dance technology into the curriculum.  Our dance department offers the opportunity for study and training (with an emphasis on Central African) in the techniques of central and West African dance styles. Additional course offerings in dance education and world dance, as well as African, Jazz, Contemporary Ballet and other dance styles complete the program. Our state of the art studios and facilities are located in the center of the city’s Cultural District in midtown Detroit. Fifteen diverse dance faculty are nationally known for their work in technique, choreography, dance theory, Pilates, and dance technology.

The Maggie Allesee Guest Artist series allows students to regularly take Master Classes with, and dance in works by, renowned national and international choreographers, performers, and teachers. See a list of recent guest artists here.

The comprehensive curriculum in dance at Wayne State focuses on quality pre-professional dance training and education. Our nationally accredited program currently maintains an enrollment of 60 dance majors, a third of whom are consistently named to the Dean’s List and continue to distinguish themselves as Presidential Scholars, Wayne Scholars, and McNair Scholar Program recipients. The department enjoys important partnerships with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, the Detroit Opera House, and the Music Hall Center for the Arts.

If you would like to join us in support of our efforts as we aspire to new heights in teaching, research, creativity and student excellence - training the next wave of dance performers, choreographers, and educators - click here to make a donation.

Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance
Wayne State University
4841 Cass Avenue, Suite 3226
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone (313) 577-3508  Fax (313) 577-5691