Gender, Sexuality, and Whiteness in Irish Step Dance

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Date: February 21, 2020
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Old Main 3317, 3372 | Map
4841 Cass
Detroit, MI 48201
Category: Workshop

Originally from Michigan, Nic Gareiss engages many percussive dance traditions, weaving together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional clog and step dance footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. Named by Dance Magazine as one of 2019's "25 to Watch," dancer and dance researcher, Gareiss reimagines movement as a musical practice, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. 

Join in a lecture (12:30-1:30 p.m.), masterclass (1:30-2:30 p.m.) or both. In his lecture presentation, Gareiss will discuss his research on the intersections of gender, sexuality and whiteness through the lens of Riverdance and other commercial Irish dancing shows. The masterclass explores the percussive techniques of Step Dance. (shoes required) 

  • Lecture 12:30-1:30 – Old Main Studio B (Room 3317)
  • Masterclass 1:30-2:30 – Old Main Studio D (Room 3372)


The event is sponsored by the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance and the Humanities Center. 


Dr. RAS Mikey Courtney




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