Indiana University Bloomington

IU contemporary dance merges with theater, drama department

  • Oct. 7, 2013

Indiana University’s Contemporary Dance program has merged with the department of theatre and dance which is now known as the department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance. The department is part of the College of Arts and Sciences at IU.

“Contemporary Dance is absolutely delighted to be part of the new Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance,” program director Elizabeth Shea said in a prepared statement. “Theater and dance are natural partners, and combining our talents will strengthen the performing arts at Indiana University. We look forward to getting to know our new students and colleagues, and joining forces to explore new territories in art-making and producing.”

The dance program was formerly part of the school of public health at IU. It was established in 1927 and is believed to be the second-oldest program of its kind in the country.

This year, the dance program will perform two shows. “Moving Into Focus” is its winter dance concert. This spring the program will perform its annual “Hammer and Nail” concert which pairs student choreographers with student composers from the Jacobs School of Music.

Editor's note: This story from The Bloomington Herald-Times is being published here as a courtesy for readers of IU in the News.