Committed to advancing the field of dance, we bring our art form to students across the university, children eager to move and learn, and our local community. Our integrative approach cultivates the experience of dance as a physical practice and a theoretical study framing embodiment and culture.
Distinctively blending history, theory, and practice, Dance 100 gives non-dance majors a broad perspective on dance. This popular course can be taken online during the summer. Our other electives cover improvisation, choreography, the connections between art history and dance, and viewing dance. Or get moving with courses in modern, ballet, jazz, ballroom, capoeira, and other dynamic forms.
Youngsters can start a lifelong journey of dance appreciation in our Children's Dance classes. The special workshop Dance for People with Parkinson's, created in partnership with Krannert Center, focuses on balance, flexibility, strength, and the warmth of communal dance. Choreographers and dancers take their expertise to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for lectures that help enhance the experience of attending dance performances. And every summer teenagers immerse in our weeklong High School Dance Intensive and energize the Dance at Illinois faculty and Chicago guest artists with their fresh perspectives.
"My time at Dance at Illinois brought out my curiosity and led me to try things beyond my instinctual interests."
—Krista Nelson (BFA 2005), former dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company