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Prospective students: Tour the Dept. of Theatre and Dance
October 9 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: 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  
GPD - MBTI:Researching Yourself
October 13 2015 at 4:00 PM
Welcome Center
Graduate students and Postdocs interested in a systematic method to conduct research on themselves prior to marketing themselves to interviews should attend. PersonalityType is an assessment to provide the user a tool to organize and plan career engagement.  In addition to an overview of career preferences, workshop participants will be provided a tool that will highlight their strengths and provide recommendations for the job search.  Please register for this event by clicking on the RSVP button at the upper right, which will take you to WayneGradCareers.
State of The Student Senate Address
October 15 2015 at 5:00 PM
Gullen Mall near Flag Poles
The Wayne State Student Senate invites the students, faculty, and administration of the Wayne State community to attend the State of the Student Senate Address on October 15, 2015 at 5 P.M. in Gullen Mall, weather permitting. At this event, Student Senate President William Alexander will address the Senate's current initiatives including working to implement an Open Access Parking Initiative, providing more resources for LGBTQA+ students and many more. Join us after the Address for a meet & greet with Senators over donuts, hot cocoa, coffee, and cider. 
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The Department of Theatre and Dance Welcomes
Anna Sperber
Dance Company One Guest Artist 
October 29-November 2
With a special informance at noon, November 2, 2015

Anna Sperber Residency Headshot



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