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Welcome to the Dance Program at
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We believe that we are a unique and powerful program in the country.
We believe in a strong cross-understanding of dance forms, and so emphasize jazz dance, African dance, and other world forms, in our curriculum, alongside intense training in modern dance and ballet.
We believe that understanding our histories makes us more powerful dancers, and more powerful communicators.
We believe in the beauty of different kinds of people, different kinds of body types, and multiple kinds of intelligences.
We believe in the transformative nature of performance, and the power that dance has to produce positive change in this world.
We believe that creating a strong community within the program leads to more learning than one in which we are competing against one another.
We believe in the cross-fertilization of the arts, sciences, and humanities, and constantly seek to build our relationships with other departments and programs, on and off campus.
We believe that dancers are among the most intelligent people on the planet, with required skills in many areas, from physiology to physics, from art to anthropology.
We believe that dancers are among the most complex athletes on the planet, requiring the skills found in many strength, stretch, balance, coordination, memory, team, contact, aim, timing, endurance, and precision sports.
We believe we have something to offer the planet.
And, we believe that the UMass Dance Program can help our students pave the way towards a healthy, balanced life, in whatever field (performing, therapy, teaching, technology) that they happen to follow.
Faculty Vacancies (click for pdf):
Dance Guest Artist
Wed., Sept. 23, 7:30pm, FAC Concert Hall Info/Tickets
CLOUD GATE DANCE THEATRE OF TAIWAN: Rice
Thurs., Oct. 1, various times, Easthampton Park Hill Orchard & UMass Southwest dorm
BRIDGMAN | PACKER DANCE: Truck Details
Fri., Oct. 16, 7:30pm, FAC Concert Hall Tickets
MULTIBAND POPS CONCERT
Tues., Oct. 20, 7:30pm, FAC Concert Hall Info/Tickets
DOUG VARONE & DANCERS: ReComposed & Lux
Sat., Oct. 24, Holyoke City Hall
MASS DANCE FESTIVAL Concert & Cocktail party
Wed., Nov. 18, 7:30pm, FAC Concert Hall Info/Tickets
SOUNDS OF KOREA: Percussion and Dance
Fri. & Sat., Dec. 4 & 5, 7:30pm, Bowker Auditorium
UNIVERSITY DANCERS with Jazz Ensemble I
Ellington's Nutcracker & others
Tickets: Friday Saturday
Also see the 5-College Dance calendar for much more..