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Community Programs

UMS offers the community exceptional learning experiences, workshops, Q&A events, and more.

You Can Dance

Join artists from our visiting dance companies for a 75-minute exploration of each company’s signature movement style.

No dance training or experience is necessary, and all levels are welcome. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Free, but advanced registration is strongly encouraged.

Events coming soon.

Photo credit: Jesse Meria

Post-Show Q&As with Artists

After most opening night dance and theater performances, join us for a post-performance Q&A to get a glimpse into the lives and minds of the artists who bring creativity to the stage. You must have ticket to that evening’s performance to attend.

Please see individual performance pages for specific post-show Q&A dates and times.

Events coming soon.

Photo credit: Jesse Meria

Pre-performance talks

Join UMS for a brief pre-performance talk before select performances. Just 15 minutes long, each talk offers interesting information and provocative questions for thinking about and watching the performance. Most of these talks are a part of our Renegade series which celebrates artistic innovation, experimentation, and discovery.

Please see individual performance pages for specific pre-performance talk dates and times.

Pre-performance talks

Events coming soon.

UMS 101

Developed and presented in partnership with Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation, UMS 101 is a 90-minute pre-performance workshop tailored for audience members who want to familiarize themselves with or deepen their understanding of a particular genre and performing artist in a fun, casual learning environment.

Each UMS 101 workshop is facilitated by a professional, community-based practicing artist/educator and features conversation, engaging activities, and live demonstrations that enhance each participant’s experience attending the full performance.

Events coming soon.


How do I register?
Visit the individual event detail pages, which will lead you directly to the Rec & Ed registration page.

How much does it cost to register?
$15 for the class + ticket for the performance. Registration for UMS 101 includes a ticket to the performance, workshop fees, and light snacks before the performance.

If I already have a ticket for the performance, can I register only for the class?
Yes. There is an option on Rec & Ed’s registration page to register only for the UMS 101 class ($15).

Where do the workshops take place?
Workshops will either take place at the performance venue or at a location within walking distance of the venue. Registered participants will receive an email from Rec & Ed confirming the location of the workshop 24 hours prior to the event.

Where do I pick-up my tickets?
Registered participants can pick up their tickets at the registration table.

Can I register on-site?
Advanced registration on the Rec & Ed website is strongly encouraged. Walk-up registration is available beginning 30 minutes before each scheduled workshop and is open until spots are filled. On-site registrants will be asked to complete a registration form with their credit card information. Cash and check payments are also accepted.