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Prospective students: Tour the Dept. of Theatre and Dance
February 12 2016 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: October 2, 2015 October 9, 2015 October 16, 2015 October 30, 2015 November 6, 2015 November 13, 2015 November 20, 2015 December 4, 2015 December 11, 2015 December 18, 2015 January 8, 2016 January 29, 2016 February 5, 2016 February 12, 2016 February 19, 2016 February 26, 2016 March 4, 2016 March 11, 2016 April 1, 2016 April 15, 2016 April 22, 2016 April 29, 2016 May 6, 2016
Prospective students: Tour the Dept. of Theatre and Dance
February 19 2016 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: October 2, 2015 October 9, 2015 October 16, 2015 October 30, 2015 November 6, 2015 November 13, 2015 November 20, 2015 December 4, 2015 December 11, 2015 December 18, 2015 January 8, 2016 January 29, 2016 February 5, 2016 February 12, 2016 February 19, 2016 February 26, 2016 March 4, 2016 March 11, 2016 April 1, 2016 April 15, 2016 April 22, 2016 April 29, 2016 May 6, 2016
Knowledge on Tap presents ... The Bard at the bar: Exploring the book that gave us Shakespeare
February 25 2016 at 5:30 PM
HopCat Detroit
Pull up a stool, grab a drink and learn something new. The First Folio, the book that gave us Shakespeare, is headed to Detroit. But before it arrives in March, Knowledge on Tap presents “The Bard at the bar: Exploring the book that gave us Shakespeare” to give insight into one of the most influential books in human history and the author who gave us that work. Join Ken Jackson, chair of Wayne State University’s Department of English, to learn about the Bard, his life and the literary classics that might have been lost forever. We will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, at HopCat Detroit's Huma Room in Midtown. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. Many of Shakespeare's plays, which were written to be performed, were not published during his lifetime. The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. It was published in 1623, seven years after the playwright's death. Two of Shakespeare's fellow actors compiled 36 of his plays, hoping to preserve them for future generations. Without it, we would not have 18 of the Bard’s plays, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night and The Tempest. In addition to his chair duties, Jackson is a professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State. He received his Ph.D. in English, with distinction, from Loyola University of Chicago. His research and writings on Shakespeare have appeared in numerous journal articles and books. Most recently, Jackson released his book Shakespeare and Abraham, which illuminates Shakespeare’s dramatic fascination with the story of Abraham’s near sacrifice of his son Isaac in Genesis 22. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring the First Folio of Shakespeare throughout 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Wayne State, in collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Public Library, was selected as the host site for the state of Michigan. Knowledge on Tap consists of live — and lively — discussions with some of Detroit’s greatest minds. The events are held every other month at a Midtown bar or restaurant and feature an informal presentation by one of Wayne State’s renowned faculty members on a topic of their choice, followed by dynamic conversation. All Knowledge on Tap events are free, open to the public and require no educational background. All ages are welcome.
More Events

Please join the Wayne State Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance for 

the Dance Workshop Showcase Concert
Friday January 29, pre-glow event at 6:15pm, performance at 7:30pm,

Saturday January 30, performance at 7:30pm

Sunday Jan 31st performance at 2pm. Tickets available at www.wsushows.com



It is with great pride that we congratulate Senior Christina Chammas and dancers in "this is for your best friend" which received top honors in the state-wide Maggie Allesee Choreography Awards on October 24th during the Michigan Dance Festival held at Grand Rapids Ballet Center.  Also selected as a finalist to perform her work was Freshmen Lena Shuptar with "Unwelcomed Burden."  Congratulations to both students and their remarkable artistry presented.  Faculty member Meg Paul was one of the expert adjudicators on the panel along with colleagues Linda Graham (Hope College) & choreographer Ron Brown.
This represents continued demonstration of the strength and caliber of the dancing and dances created from our remarkable dance program.  Kudos and excited to see many more to come!

  

 

Also recently honored was student Audrey Johnson, recipient of a 2015 Gay Delanghe Summer Dance Scholarship from the Michigan Dance Council to attend a Gaga technique intensive study at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY. Her short write up of the experience appears in the Autumn 2015 Michigan Dance Council newsletter.  She writes "The Gay Delanghe Scholarship from the Michigan Dance Council made it possible for me to attendthis intensive  and I am incredibly grateful and humbled to be a recipient. As I move forward with the new knowlegde I've taken from this intensive, it will not be without remembering and appreciating the generous support that MDC was able to provide."



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
theatre_dance@wayne.edu