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Corrie teaching dance class
March 30, 2020 - 3:04pm
bst Residency recipients, Corrie Befort and Hannah Simmons, were scheduled to be in the UW Dance Department studios this March. Unfortunately, the residency had to be postponed until further notice due to COVID-19. About the 2020 Spring bst Recipients: Corrie Befort Corrie Befort is a dance artist working between visual design, choreography and video to translate sensation-based ideas into performances, objects, films and scores. Her current performance work, Unnamed Shapes, on view late... Read more
March 10, 2020 - 12:15pm
The Dance Department main office has moved online and staff will be teleworking starting on March 9th, 2020. Please email for general information. For students needing advising, please visit the advising page to see your options. Following on Governor Inslee’s mandate on COVID-19, all events prior to March 31 have been cancelled.  All purchased tickets will be refunded. To exchange or donate your tickets... Read more
Louis holds a computer.
March 4, 2020 - 1:10pm
Congratulations to Louis Patsawee Maliyam for receiving the President's Medalist Award. The Awardees that included Louis and two others, Piper Coyner and Renee Zhang, were announced by the Undergraduate Academic Affairs at the end of January.  Louis is a computer science major and a dance minor. He recently performed in the UW Dance Presents Concert, and will be dancing in the Dance Majors Concert in March.  >>Read more... Read more
Christina Sunardi
February 10, 2020 - 2:56pm
We are thrilled to announce that Christina Sunardi has been named chair for the Department of Dance for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2020. Christina is an associate professor in the Ethnomusicology program in the School of Music at the UW, where she has been teaching since 2008. Her interests include performance, identity, spirituality and ethnography in Indonesia. Her work... Read more
stary sky
January 21, 2020 - 4:34pm
This winter several of the Dance faculty have received significant research grants. Rachael Lincoln was awarded the Royalty Research Fund; she also received the Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Arts with her partner in research Jeffrey Fracé. In addition, Alethea Alexander... Read more
Jeffrey Frace and Rachael Lincoln performing in 11 comets
January 9, 2020 - 3:51pm
Rachael Lincoln, (Department of Dance Interim Co-Chair) and Jeffrey Fracé (School of Drama Faculty) have been awarded the 2019-2020 Mellon Faculty Fellows in the Arts, to continue their collaborative research, 11 Comets, on the intersection of dance and theater. 11 Comets, which Lincoln and Fracé began working on in the studio in fall 2018, explores the grief, intimacy, and... Read more
Zakkir Rahman
January 8, 2020 - 4:27pm
Congratulations to dance major, Zakkir Rahman for being awarded the Mary Gates Research Scholarship! Mary Gates Research Scholarships are competitive scholarships intended to enhance the educational experiences of undergraduate students at the University of Washington. Students receive scholarships to pursue research in a variety of disciplines, including social sciences, arts, and humanities.  “I’m grateful to be awarded this scholarship,”... Read more
Dance Studio at Meany Hall
December 10, 2019 - 12:04pm
The UW Department of Dance is excited to announce its 4 recipients for the bst Residency for the 2019-2020 school year.  Winter Recipient: Alexander Ung  Spring Recipients: Corrie Befort and Hannah Simmons Summer Recipient: Heather Kravas  About the 2019 Winter bst Recipient: Alex Ung  Residency Dates: Dec 15-22, 2019 From musical theater to hip hop, acro-modern, and contemporary ballet, Alex Ung's dance range is broad and his... Read more
Alice dances front of a wall that says, "I am an immigrant"
November 20, 2019 - 3:32pm
Alice Gosti, UW Dance alumni and guest lecturer, spent almost every night of November performing Where is home: birds of a passage at ACT Theatre. This three-hour durational performance of dance, art, installation, spoken text, written text, and audience discussion, explores the complicated topic of immigrant identity and self expression.  Alice Gosti is an Italian-American choreographer, hybrid performance artist, curator and architect of experiences, working between Seattle and Europe since... Read more
Michael O'Neal dances on a small square stage
November 20, 2019 - 3:28pm
“...confidence and generosity is present in the work as Majinn moves through fully-embodied undulations, rhythmic footwork, and soft moments of symbolism, such as a fist held to his chest.” Last month two UW Dance lecturers, Michael “Majinn” O’Neal and Eteinne Cakpo, each presented work at On The Board’s 10 Tiny Dances. Founded by Mike Barber in 2002, Ten Tiny Dances is a performance series that challenges... Read more