Dance Nation

October 20–29, 2023


In this widely funny 2019 Pulitzer Prize finalist, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world—and if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at Nationals. But in Clare Barron’s raucous pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds, because every plié and jeté is a step toward finding themselves, and a fight to unleash their power.

Performance Dates & Times

Friday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 21 at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 21 at 8:00 pm.
Sunday, October 22 at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 28 at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 28 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 29 at 2:30 p.m.

We’ve gone digital!
In alignment with the University’s commitment to sustainability, the programs for all of our productions will be available online. Audience members will be able to scan a QR code in the theatre, or visit to view or print the program. A limited number of printed programs will be available upon request.


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Discounted parking is available for $15, except on football game days. Please inform the gate officer you are attending a School of Dramatic Arts performance and request the arts rate. On game days, parking is $40.

Content Warning

Please be advised that this production contains stylized gore and use of blood, coarse language, depictions of self-harm and masturbation, and descriptions of sex, sexual assault and harassment of the teenaged characters. Additionally, there are references to cultural appropriation and racism, disordered eating, suicide and mental illness, cancer and death.

Additional Information

By Clare Barron
Directed by Susan Dalian
Choreographed by Kitty McNamee