University of Michigan Dept. of Dance

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


Gu Jiani and Wang Xuanqi in Gu Jiani’s Left & Right during the 2017 EXPLODE! queer dance festival at JACK. Photo by Al Evangelista.

Daring Dances in the News:


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


A New Performance at the Arab American National Museum Explores Identity and Place Through Dance

wdet CULTURESHIFT, November 11, 2019

Praise for Daring Dances:


EXPLODE! Queer Dance 2017


“EXPLODE! set out to tackle inextricable challenges of strengthening ties among queer dance artists and dismantling racism, sexism, classism, transphobia, and white supremacy. A tall order, but why aim for less?”

-Siobhan Burke, New York Times

New York Times review, June 27, 2017


“…an effort to shift the terms of what constitutes a desirable life…”

The Brooklyn Rail, September 7, 2017