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Six-year old EL student wearing a Hello Kitty shirt and pink glasses touches black curtain in Space Place theater as UIDC dancers Jack Delaney (behind in sweatshirt), Ruby Gentzler, and Madison Burkhart (kneeling) listen to her description of the curtain.

University of Iowa Dance Company Makes Dance More Accessible

Thursday, January 25, 2024
vintage sepia-toned photograph of a victorian home

MFA student Sophia McLaughlin contributes Dance perspective to Iowa Initiative For Sustainable Communities project

In her “Bioregionalism in History, Theory, and Practice” class this fall, taught by English professor Eric Gidal, Sophia McLaughlin, who is working toward an MFA in choreography in the Department of Dance, used her dance perspective to the question of how to hold on to and remember the past while moving into the future. Through the Iowa Initiative For Sustainable Communities' yearlong partnership with Bondurant, Sophia and the other 11 students in the class worked with the Bondurant Historical Society to research the community’s origins and early years of development.
Infinite Dream video from Hancher Auditorium featuring the Department of Dance

Hancher's Infinite Dream festival (2023)

Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Through the lens of the arts, Infinite Dream explores the complex fabric of the American Story—our grand accomplishments, disruptive failures, and remarkable potential for excellence. Presented October 11–21, 2023 across the University of Iowa campus and in the Iowa City community. Featuring over the 30 artists and thinkers from around the world as well as faculty and students from the University of Iowa. This is our #InfiniteDream Video credit: Jason Smith
costume sketches seen hanging in costume shop

UI Dance and Opera Costume Shop works behind the scenes to create the image of productions

Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Located in Hancher Auditorium, the costume shop works on several productions. Its most recent project is the Dance Gala, which will occur Nov. 10 and 11.
UI Dance alum Mikaela Mallin

Majors and Minors That Enrich a Dance Degree

Monday, October 9, 2023
For dancers who spent every spare moment of their childhoods camped out at the studio but also took their academic studies seriously, what comes after high school might feel like an either/or proposition: To dance or not to dance?
Faculty Graduate Concert

Renovations to Space Place Theater improve experiences for audience and performers

Tuesday, October 3, 2023
Located in North Hall on the University of Iowa campus, Space Place Theater is home to various performances in dance and other arts throughout the year. This past summer, it underwent several aesthetic and technical renovations.
Rebekah Kowal’s 2020 book "Dancing the World Smaller"

CLAS professor Rebekah Kowal shortlisted for prestigious dance research award

Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Kowal, the Executive Officer of the Department of Dance, has recently been shortlisted for the Oscar G. Brockett Prize for Dance Research for her 2020 book, Dancing the World Smaller: Staging Globalism in Mid-Century America.