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Google Hangout for the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
November 19 2014 at 6:00 PM
Interested in studying one or more of the following at Wayne State’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts? Art • Art History • Ceramics • Drawing • Fibers • Graphic Design • Industrial Design • Interdisciplinary Electronic Arts • Interior Design • Metalsmithing • Painting • Photography • Printmaking • Sculpture • Fashion Design and Merchandising • Communication Studies • Media Arts and Studies • Film • Journalism • Public Relations • Jazz Studies • Music Education • Music Business • Music Technology • Music Performance • Music Composition • Dance • Theatre • Theatre Technology Have Questions? Join us from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19, for our Google Hangout hosted by CFPCA students and advisors who will answer your questions and talk about life at WSU, including auditions, portfolio reviews, classes, student life and much more. • RSVP and let us know you’ll be hanging out.• If you've already got questions, submit them with your RSVP.• Join the hangout at wayne.edu/live.• During the hangout, you can also ask questions via Twitter by using our #CFPCAstudent hashtag.
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
Noel Night: WSU Dance Workshop food/beverage station
December 6 2014 at 5:00 PM
Old Main
WSU Dance Workshop students present a hot chocolate/coffee station outdoors at the front entrance to Old Main and a cookie decorating station just inside the foyer.   * * * * * * * * * * Wayne State’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts shares in the 2014 Noel Night merriment throughout Midtown. Detroit's 42nd Noel Night is December 6, 2014. Wayne State CFPCA contributes numerous events and invites you to include these as you plan what to attend around Midtown that Saturday evening.   ART DEPARTMENT GALLERY150 Art Building, in WSU’s Community Arts Center, near Cass and Kirby • 313-577-2423 • art.wayne.edu 5:00–10:00 — Exhibit: Memories: Stanley Louis Rosenthal presents a 50-year retrospective of the work of WSU Professor Rosenthal, 2013-14 Murray E. Jackson Scholar in the Arts. 5:00–10:00 — Winter Art Market - WAM brings together the talents of Wayne State art students, alumni and art based community organizations. Offerings for sale range from one of a kind art objects to limited production design goods. Join us in a festive environment at what has become a favorite Noel Night stop.   HILBERRY THEATRE4743 Cass Ave. • WSU Theatre Box Office • 313-577-2972 • wsushows.com8:00 — All in the Timing by David Ives (tickets required, $30). Six hilarious one-acts from renowned playwright David Ives. From chimpanzees composing the complete works of William Shakespeare to the complexities facing Philip Glass while buying a loaf of bread, it’s non-stop madness! The hilarious wordplay is sure to leave you catching your breath between fits of laughter.   OLD MAIN Cass Ave. Entrance / Front Foyer4841 Cass • 313-577-6156 • dance.wayne.edu5:00–10:00 — WSU Dance Workshop students present a hot chocolate/coffee station outdoors at the front entrance to Old Main and a cookie decorating station just inside the foyer. Elaine L. Jacob GalleryOld Main Annex Building, enter at 480 W. Hancock between Cass and Second • 313-993-7813 • art.wayne.edu5:00–10:00 — Exhibit: Menagerie, or Artwork Not About Love is a group exhibition that includes both international and Detroit-based artists. The distant longings of the heart—or, for real optimists, the soul—are processed through allegory, denial and poetry. Allesee Dance Theatre3317 Old Main • 313-577-4273 • wsushows.com6:30 & 8:00 — ONSTAGE! Dance Theatre for Youth is a concert performance by WSU’s Dance CompanyONE (two 50 min. performances, tickets required, $5). Schaver Music Recital HallOld Main Annex Building, enter at 480 W. Hancock between Cass and Second • 313-577-1795 • music.wayne.edu7:30 — Noel Night Recital will be performed by WSU’s Opera Workshop, Professor Frances N. Brockington, director.
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Multiple Guest Artists
at Wayne State

The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance is hosting a handful of notable Guest Artists this fall, setting choreography on WSU Dance Majors and working with them in rehearsals and technique classes. The following is a list of our esteemed guests.  Also join us for the Informances that conclude most of our residencies (links below):

• Doug Varone/Eddie Taketa - 2014-15 Allesee Artist in Residence
• Penny Godboldo - To Sangana African Dance Workshop Guest Artist
•Larry Lavender - Dance Workshop Choreography Guest Artist
•Nicholas Leichter - Dance Company One Guest Artist

"Informance" for Allesee Guest Artist Doug Varone's work: Friday, Oct. 3


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