Led by talented and dedicated instructors, the dance minor allows students to explore various dance styles from both a theoretical and performance perspective. Open to majors across campus, it is particularly complementary to majors in theatre, community health education, management of health and fitness, music and outdoor recreation and leadership. Students may choose dance to further a secondary interest or may use the minor to open employment opportunities in various recreation programs or dance for theater.
2016-2017 Choreography and Performance Opportunities:
Fall Dance Showcase
Spring Dance Concert
Collaborations with the NMU Theatre Department and NMU Music Department
DANMU (Dance Association of NMU)
NMU Hip-Hop Dance Crew
NMU Dance Team
Dance Instructor Biographies:
Jill Grundstrom, Program Director for the NMU Dance Minor, has a BS from Northern Michigan University in Secondary Education with majors in English and French, and a MA in Dance Education from New York University in New York City and Genoa, Italy. She continues to train with The PULSE, Broadway Dance Center, the legendary Luigi Jazz Centre in New York City and has worked, taught, and trained with American Ballet Theatre in New York City and is certified in their National Training Curriculum. She was also the author of the dance blog for Cat Deeley’s Official Website (host of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance) during seasons four through seven. Her dance minor teaching repertoire includes all levels of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, and History and Theory of Dance, she also choreographs for the NMU Lake Effect Show Choir. Miss Grundstrom’s choreography credits include: Beauty and the Beast (MACC Youth Theatre), Kids Sing Broadway (MACC Youth Theatre/LSYT), Little Women (LST), Alice in Wonderland (MACC Youth Theatre), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (NMU), Annie, Jr. (Lake Superior Youth Theatre), The Little Mermaid Jr. (LSYT), Legally Blonde (NMU), HONK! Jr. (LSYT), Seussical Jr. (LSYT), An American in Paris (NMU), Pippin (LST), Chicago (NMU), Mary Poppins (LSYT), Spamalot (LST), How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (MSHS), Aladdin Jr. (SAYT), and The Wizard of Oz (SAYT), The Producers (LST), Sister Act (MSHS), The Lion King Jr. (SAYT), Scrooge (NMU), The Addams Family (NMU), as well as many pieces for concerts and showcases. She was the recipient of the MACC Outstanding Performing Artist of the Year Award in 2011.
After completing a Masters in 2011, Maria became one of the founders of the NMU Dance Minor. Though born in Marquette Michigan, she was invited as a young Chicago dancer to join Le Groupe de la Place Royale in Montreal Canada, (now located in Ottawa as The Dance Lab). For 34 years Maria has been a performer, choreographer, teacher, and performance artist with many awards and honors, National and International touring experiences. She is known as an image maker and often collaborates with composers, musicians, poets, writers, sculptors, fabric artists, painters and media artists. Currently she teaches Contemporary Technique, Improvisation, Tai Chi and Yoga as well as specialized courses that experience the arts as a cross cultural healing.