November Dance: Celebrating Kate Kuper, November 9–11, 2017

November Dance 2017 PosterNovember Dance will explode with life in this family-friendly concert honoring our beloved community engagement faculty member Kate Kuper. Dance at Illinois faculty artist Jennifer Monson and emerging student artists Mauriah Kraker, Charlie Maybee, and Krystal Collins will create radical and joyful space celebrating our daily act of simply being present. Dance at Illinois is also excited to bring new choreographic voices from Eastern Europe to our community in a two-part cultural exchange between Dance at Illinois and the Latvian Contemporary Dance Choreographer's Association. Olga Zitluhina, Artistic Director of Olga Zitluhina Dance Company, will create a new work for our students, exploring the politics of touch embedded in the dynamic and cultural political spaces of the Midwestern United States and Eastern/Northern European nations.

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Cowell Playhouse

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Bessie Honoree and Nominations for Dance at Illinois

Abby ZbikowskiHuge congrats to Assistant Professor Abby Zbikowski for her Juried Bessie Award and alum Niall Jones on his Bessie nomination for the 2017 Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Award! Find out more about the Bessie honoree and nominees.

Congratulations to Professor Cynthia Oliver!

Cynthia OliverCongratulations to Professor Cynthia Oliver on her appointment as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Humanities, Arts, and Related Fields!

Assistant Professor Abby Zbikowski Selected for the Caroline Heart Choreographer-in-Residence Program at Princeton

Abby ZbikowskiHuge congrats to Assistant Professor Abby Zbikowski on being selected as one of four choreographers who will take part in the inaugural Caroline Heart Choreographer-in-Residence program at Princeton.

Dance at Illinois to Host 2018 ACDA Central Conference

ACDAThe University of Illinois is excited to host the 2018 American College Dance Association Central Conference March 16–19, 2018.

Dr. C. Kemal Nance Joins Dance at Illinois as an Assistant Professor in Dance and African American Studies

C. Kemal NanceIt is my great pleasure to announce that Dr. C. Kemal Nance will be joining our community as an assistant professor in dance and African American studies starting in fall 2017. As a scholar/artist and master teacher of Umfundalai, Dr. Nance brings a wealth of knowledge to the interdisciplinary intersections of body, race, gender, and ethnicity. As an artist and a publicly engaged intellectual, Dr. Nance is interested in "seeding" models for "newblackmen" and inspiring cumulative creative efforts that take us in that direction. Dance at Illinois looks forward to his leadership in our community in the areas of African, Afro-Carribbean, and contemporary African American dance, dance history/theory, and community engagement. As a charismatic teacher, a thoughtful and caring mentor, and a rigorous scholar/artist, we look forward to his many contributions to our community and the field!

Please join me in welcoming Kemal!

Jan Erkert, Head of Dance at Illinois

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