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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.
Friday, Sept. 30, Kirby Theater, Amherst College, 4:30pm
FCDD ANNUAL FALL LECTURE:
Ninoska M'bewe Escobar
Pearl Primus: Race, the Body and Danced Memory
Monday, Oct. 3, Stonewall Center, UMass, 7pm
LGBTQ Scene in Japan: Conversation with Takao Kawaguchi
Tuesday, Oct. 4, DuBois Library, UMass, 26th floor, 7pm
FILM SCREENING: Admiring La Argentina
Featuring Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno
Tues., Oct. 4, Studio Theatre, Kendall Hall, Mt. Holyoke College, 1:30-3pm
MASTER CLASS: CONTRA-TIEMPO
Tues., Oct. 4, Totman Gym, 4:15-5:45pm
WORKSHOP: BODY SCULPTING WITH TAKAO KAWAGUCHI
Wed., Oct. 5, Bowker Aud., 7:30pm Info/Tickets
TAKAO KAWAGUCHI: About Kazuo Ohno
Thursday, Oct. 6, FAC Concert Hall, 7:30pm Info/Tickets
CONTRA-TIEMPO: Agua Furiosa
Thurs./Fri./Sat. Dec. 1/2/3, Totman Gym, 7:30pm
New, immersive full-length production of Romeo & Juliet
Also see the 5-College Dance calendar for much more..