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There are numerous choreographic and performance opportunities both at the University and in the Five College Dance Department. Students may audition for any concert produced by a Five College institution. These include faculty and student concerts, graduate thesis concerts, and the Five College Dance Department Faculty Concert. The University produces three concerts each year, and participates in the American College Dance Festival. In addition, student organizations such as Alive With Dance and The Musical Theater Guild produce concerts and musicals that give both choreographic and dance performance opportunities to UMass Amherst students.

University Dancers/UMass Amherst
A select group of talented performers, this ensemble is featured annually in its own concert and January tour throughout the Commonwealth. From time to time, the Dancers tour abroad. The repertory includes works choreographed by guest choreographers and members of the Five College Dance Faculty.

Student Concerts (Alive With Dance and Emerging Choreographers' Series)
All dance majors are required to choreograph at least once while at the University and have their work produced in a concert setting. Because auditions for student concerts are open to all university students, the concerts provide performance opportunities to both dance majors and non-majors.

Links to pages:

University Dancers
Alive With Dance & Emerging Choreographers' Series
American College Dance Festival (ACDFA)

Dance Department