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Prospective students: Tour the Dept. of Theatre and Dance
April 24 2015 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
"5/10" Capstone Senior Dance Showcase
April 27 2015 at 7:30 PM
Old Main
The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance and Wayne State University’s graduating BFA Dance majors are pleased to present their Senior Capstone Showcase Dance Performance, entitle 5/10.  There is only ONE CHANCE to see this dynamic, inventive group of new dances: Monday, April 27th at 7:30pm in the Allesee Dance Theatre. The Allesee Dance Theatre is located on the third floor, room 3317 of Old Main, 4841 Cass Avenue, at the corner of Cass and Warren on the campus of Wayne State University. Tickets can be purchased online at wsushows.com, by calling 313-577-2972, or at the Hilberry Box Office.     Presale: $12 Adults, $8 Students/Seniors     At the Door: $15 General Admission More Info: The Capstone Showcase is part of the BFA Senior Capstone course, presenting dances choreographed by Bachelor of Fine Arts dance majors at the culmination of their WSU studies. The BFA Senior Capstone course is designed for upper-level students to refine their creative process in developing a dance performance/film project from conception to realization. Each student’s self-investigation of artistry, choreographic voice and vision/concept is discussed, planned, implemented and evaluated throughout the course. The concert is run by these students, who handle the publicity and production elements, and the course also involves creating professional websites so each student learns to present themselves as performing artists. This year, five out of the ten graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts dance majors will present their choreography at the culmination of their training at Wayne State. The other five graduating BFA's created and presented their works in previous departmental performances. The showcase includes works by Jaden Jerome-Moten, Shanice Rollins, Tylar Spencer, Angela Sutcliffe, and Lauren Romphf. Jerome-Moten's "May Occur in Chains or Clusters," takes inspiration from the swirling movements and reactivity of Streptococcus (spherical shaped bacteria), while Rollins premieres “She’s in there Somewhere – Find Her,” a dance that deals with the challenge between group membership and standing alone as an individual. Many factors play a part in determining the final outcomes, and her dancers are given the power to determine what is best for them. Romphf utilizes projected video to manipulate the perspective of the audience and challenge the typical viewer/performer relationship. The movement is highly engaging and energetic, based on themes of connectivity, spirituality, and homeostasis. Sutcliffe explores human decision-making processes in her dance, and her dancers embody the opposition of forces when presented with multiple choices, while Spencer’s “Changing Minds” uses Steve Reich’s music of the same title and began as explorations based on the body's innate response to sensation, perception, and the concept of self. The resulting dance is a play on submitting and resisting these impulses. 
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Join Us for the Final Dance Concert of 2014-15!

5/10 - Capstone Senior BFA Dance Showcase
7:30pm on Monday, April 27 in the Allesee Dance Theatre

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