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University Celebrates 100 Years of Dance

By Christa Lochead

In June 2009, the University of Michigan presented “Dancing at 100: Celebrating a Century of Dance.” The five-day event included a public lecture by York University Professor Emerita Dr. Selma Odom entitled “The Dance Knowledge Expansion: Generations of Research and Teaching.” One of the earliest universities in North America to include dance in a curriculum, the University of Michigan first offered “Aesthetic Dancing” through the Department of Physical Education for Women in 1909.

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