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.
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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