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Applications for February 2015 audition extended through Feb. 6th!

View our 2014-15 Recruitment Brochure for more information about the program.

Spring auditions are February 13, 2015.
Private auditions for students with conflicts are March 2, 4 and 6, 2015.

Hubbard Street 2 (HS2) will be in residence from September 29-October 10, 2014.

Dance majors will take daily technique classes with HS2 and participate in repertory workshops. Choreographer Ihsan Rustem will be setting a new work on the company and selected IU dance majors, which will be featured in the winter concert “Encounters and Collisions.”

Public Events:

  1. October 10, 10a-11:30a, Public Health 161, “Open Technique Class with Terry Marling” - community members are welcome to view HS2 and IU Contemporary Dance majors in their morning technical exercises.
  2. October 10, 3p-4p, Public Health, 161, “Hubbard Street 2 Informance with Ihsan Rustem” – the public is welcome to view an informal showing of Rustem’s world premiere in progress and meet the choreographer.
  3. January 16-18, 7:30p Jan. 16 and 17, 2:00p Jan. 17 and 18, Ruth N. Halls Theatre, “Encounters and Collissions” – Mr. Rustem’s new work, performed by IU dance majors, will be a featured event at the Indiana University Contemporary Dance’s annual winter gala. Tickets can be purchased at the IU Auditorium Box Office.
  4. January 16, 6:45p, Neal Marshall Culture Center Grand Hall, “Trends in Contemporary Dance” – a free pre-concert talk with IU dance faculty and guests on the current state of modern and contemporary dance practices.

IU Contemporary Dance at the National College Dance Festival, 2014!

IU Contemporary Dance was honored to be one of only thirty-one schools nationally to be selected for the National College Dance Festival, 2014.  Senior dance majors Ryan Galloway and Shannon Kazan performed director Elizabeth Shea's Minor Bodies to a full house at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, June 5, 2014.  Editor of Dance Magazine Jennifer Stahl, in writing about her experiences at the festival, name IUCD one of three schools nationally with "jaw-dropping technique."  Our department is proud of our students' outstanding accomplishments in the national arena!

Welcome, Dr. Nyama McCarthy-Brown!

Dr. Nyama McCarthy-Brown will join Indiana University's Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance Department, in the Fall of 2014, as an Assistant Professor of Dance.  She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Bowdoin College where she also served as a Visiting Professor. She was awarded the Future Faculty Fellowship from Temple University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2007.  At Temple, she completed her PhD with a focus on Dance Education and Cultural Studies.  She received her BA Degree in Political Science from Spelman College in 1999 and completed her MFA in Performance and Choreography at the University of Michigan in 2003.

Director Elizabeth Shea is Featured in Art at IU.

Contemporary Dance Has Moved to Theatre! 

IU Contemporary Dance now resides in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance (  Students matriculating in the fall of 2014 will earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.  We are very excited about our new home and all the tremendous opportunities collaborating with our theatre colleagues will bring!

Fall Session 2014, all dance courses will be located under Theatre and Drama in the College of Arts and Sciences, and will be listed as THTR-D.

Students in front of IU Art Museum.


Mission Statement

The IU Contemporary Dance Program offers a collection of dance experiences that are accessible to students who seek serious study in the art of dance. The program's core offerings consist of curricula which, through the highest quality of training and instruction, strengthen and refine contemporary dance technique as well as provide scholarly inquiry into the history, science and aesthetics of dance. The faculty of the IU Contemporary Dance Program strives to not only teach, but mentor, and provide a strong theoretical base from which each dancer can grow and work as an individual artist. Students are encouraged to seek their own venue for expression, such as performance, choreography, teaching, production or scholarship, and prepare for a successful career in the professional and academic field of dance.


Questions concerning the dance major may be directed to:

Elizabeth Shea, Director
IU Contemporary Dance Program
Lee Norvelle Center
275 N. Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 855-7020IU Con Dance

An application and audition are required for admission to the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance at Indiana University. Please visit the Application page for instructions.

For questions or more information, contact:

          Scott Jones, Audition Liaison
          Lee Norvelle Center
          275 N. Jordan Ave.
          Bloomington, IN 47405
          (812) 856-4024IU Con Dance 2

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