University of Michigan Dept. of Dance

3501 Dance Building, 1310 N University Court, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Anna Martine Whitehead’s S P R E A D

Recent Events

2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence (Part 1):

Leila Awadallah

During her residency at Daring Dances, Leila Awadallah will begin to codify a specific letter-to-movement relationship for this developing dance language so it can serve as an alphabet for writing-initiated-movement. Joined by her collaborator, Palestinian-American visual artist Lamia Abukhadra, they will activate embodied Arabic calligraphy to investigate how it speaks to conversations surrounding diasporic Palestinian-American identity. 

Learn more about Leila's work as Artist-in-Residence.

August 23-29, 2019


EXPLODE! queer dance: Midwest

This festival is sponsored by and runs co-currently with the Annual Conference of the Dance Studies Association.

August 8-11, 2019

EXPLODE! queer dance

in collaboration with the University of Riverside's Indigenous Choreographers Gathering

May 25-June 1, 2019


Noemí Segarra Residency

in collaboration with Northwestern University's Puerto Rican Arts Initiative

APRIL 22-24, 2019

Dancing Justice: Inaugural Daring Dances Student Fellows Showcase

APRIL 14, 2019


Notes on Territory Premieres

Daring Dances inaugural artist-in-residence Anna Martine Whitehead premieres her work Notes on Territory, a collaboration with Damon Locks and Giau Truong at Detroit's Jam Handy, as well as mentors with Daring Dances Student Fellows.

MARCH 11-17, 2019

Choreographing Black Space with Skeleton Architecture & The Gathering

Bessie Award-winning Skeleton Architecture returns to Michigan for a residency with The Gathering, a group of ten Detroit-based Black dance artists and improvisers for a five-day residency and culminating performance.


See more past events

Upcoming Events

Dancing Identities / Defining Place: An evening of dance with Audrey Johnson & Leila Awadallah

Saturday, November 23 at 8 pm

Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI

Dance artists Audrey Johnson (Detroit/Oakland) and Leila Awadallah (Minneapolis) share an evening of work focused on identity, place and imagination. 

Tickets and more information here.
Facebook event here.


Dancing Justice: 2019-2020 Daring Dances Student Fellowship performance

March 22, 2020, 7 pm

University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)

Performances featuring new work by the 2019-2020 Daring Dances Student Fellows: Ambiance Dance, Arabesque Dance Troupe, Iraqi Student Association, and the Queer Arts Collective.