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Dance Workshop Showcase 2015
January 30 2015 at 7:30 PM
Old Main
Wayne State University’s Dance Workshop Company and the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance are pleased to present the 2015 Dance Workshop Showcase on January 30 - 31 at 7:30pm, and February 1 at 2:00pm in the Allesee Dance Theatre, room 3317 of Old Main, 4841 Cass Avenue, at the corner of Cass and Warren on the campus of Wayne State University. This year, Dance Workshop presents eight pieces of vibrant, relevant, and new student choreography that push the boundaries of the dance form. Dana Yordy (senior) offers “Resolutionless,” her capstone dance thesis about contemporary issues, while junior Christina Chammas’ emotionally-charged ensemble piece, “This Is For Your Best Friend,” skillfully weaves text with layered movement. Samuel Horning (senior) draws inspiration from family dynamics in creating “The Welcome Mat,” which employs a table, sparse narration, and delightfully complex shifting stage pictures. “Adventures of the Shuffle Gang,” by Molly McMillan (senior), follows a witty and creative quartet of dancers through an enjoyable adventure. Additional works complement this dynamic showcase of choreography and performance by Wayne State dance majors.  Tickets for the Showcase concert are $12 General Admission; $8 Students and Seniors. Seating is limited. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door for $15. A pre-glow event, “An Evening of Celebration of Dance,” will take place at 6:00pm on Friday, January 30 in Suite 3343 of Old Main. Refreshments will be served. Proceeds will benefit Dance Workshop’s artistic programming and support the company’s touring, guest artists, and production costs. Tickets for this pre-show reception are $30 per person and include a ticket to the performance. All tickets can be purchased at wsushows.com, at the Hillberry Box Office (4743 Cass Ave, Detroit MI), or by calling (313)-577-2972. Pre-glow tickets are available until Wednesday, January 28. 
Prospective students: Tour the Dept. of Theatre and Dance
February 13 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
To Sangana Presents "Matondo" - African Dance Concert & Bazaar
February 14 2015 at 5:00 PM
Old Main
To Sangana Presents Matondo - An African Dance and Drumming Concert and African Bazaar Wayne State University’s To Sangana Company and the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance are pleased to present “Matondo” (thank you), a performance of African Dance and drumming on Saturday, February 14 at 7:00pm, and Sunday, February 15 at 2:00pm. Both performances will be preceded by an African Bazaar beginning two hours before the show (5pm on 2/14 and 12noon on 2/15) which will feature African vendors, African Food, a mini African fashion viewing, a raffle, and two sample classes in African dance and drumming. All events are held in the Allesee Dance Theatre, 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. 
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Save the Dates!

Dance Workshop Showcase
January 30 & 31 @ 7:30pm, February 1 @ 2:00pm

Matondo - To Sangana Concert & Bazaar 
February 14 @ 7:00pm and February 15 @ 2:00pm

Spring Dance Concert
March 12 & 13 @ 7:30pm


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