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.
Thurs-Sat, Feb. 19-21, 8pm, Smith College, Theatre 14
FIVE COLLEGE FACULTY DANCE CONCERT
Tues, Feb. 24, 7:30pm, Fine Arts Center Concert Hall Details
Sat, Feb. 28, Red Barn, Hampshire College
REBOOT: AN FCDD CELEBRATION IN HONOR OF JEAN BAXTER'S RETIREMENT
Wed-Sat, Mar. 11-14, Rhode Island College Website
ACDA NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE
Thurs, April 16, 7:30pm, Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY
Thur-Sat, Apr. 16-18, 8pm, Dance Studio Theatre, Hampshire College
EMERGING CHOREOGRAPHERS' SERIES Details
Thurs-Sat, Apr. 23-25, 8pm, Bowker Auditorium
ALIVE WITH DANCE
Box Office 413-545-2511
Also see the 5-College Dance calendar for much more..