Impact of Your Gifts on the College
The World of Dance
The College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance received a gift of $1.5 million from FSU alumna Maggie Allesee, to endow the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography in its top-ranked Department of Dance. Choreographers and dancers from around the world visit the Center, creating new work, documenting masterworks and collaborating with dance students and faculty on a daily basis.
“Bringing the international world of dance to Florida State on a regular basis has been made possible by this generous gift from a wonderful friend and alumna of Florida State University,” said Dean Sally McRorie of the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance.
Among the most exciting components are the new uses of technology in teaching, designing, performing, and recording choreography, centered in our Black Box Experimental Theatre and related media labs. The Center is be a national model for the training and support of choreographers and enhances our exemplary dance programs, led by a great faculty, including the world renowned Suzanne Farrell and Jawole Zollar.
A generous gift from the late Vincent and Agnes Thursby funds an exciting annual lecture series, featuring leading artists, designers, scholars and performers. The power of visiting fellows to enliven critical thinking and creative work was well recognized by the Thursbys, whose bequest provides a lasting benefit to countless students, faculty and community members.