The Wayne State University Dance Company is proud to present It's Not How People Move It's What Moves Them on Saturday, December 5th, as part of the Noel Night festivities in Midtown Detroit. The work will be performed at 6:30 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. at the Allesee Dance Theatre, located on the third floor in Old Main. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (313) 577-2972, visiting the Hilberry Theatre box office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Hancock Street, or ordering online at

Created collaboratively with the dancers, It's Not How People Move, It's What Moves Them is brought to life through a simple question asked to each Company dancer: "When did you know that you wanted to dance?" Drawing on their own autobiographical experiences, each dancer tells their own story, revealing the impact of dance on their lives. Dance, in this theatrical evening, offers a means by which we can connect with the power of expression and personal agency.

The program also includes newly commissioned dances by New York City-based choreographer Anna Sperber, WSU alumnus Jordan Holland, and WSU student choreographer Monica Brady-Barnard. The production takes broad inspiration from a quote by choreographer Pina Bausch, "I'm not interested in how people move, but what moves them."

The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance

Wayne State University's Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance serves students as a nexus of performance, production, and research in the fields of dance, theatre, and performance studies. It provides a wide variety of degree programs that allow students the flexibility to study these disciplines broadly or to concentrate more specifically in performance, design, or management.

The department has been a force on the national dance scene since the early 1900s, when Wayne State University was one of the first educational institutions to incorporate dance into its curriculum, guided by founding director Ruth L. Murray. Today WSU students enjoy the dynamic atmosphere of a vibrant and diverse department that concentrates on performance, choreography, dance technology, and dance education. Notable alumni include Garth Fagan (The Lion King on Broadway) and Sonya Tayeh (Fox's So You Think You Can Dance). The Allesee Artist-in-Residence Program provides a wide range of national and international performance and choreographic opportunities for dance majors, enriched by the dynamic cultural diversity of the city of Detroit.

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