University Dancers Tour

University Dancers, composed mainly of Dance majors, is the only college touring company in New England that offers audiences a full range of dance repertory; many dances have historically been choreographed by UMass Amherst faculty. The touring experience and the interactions at K-12 schools, other colleges, and community and retirement centers enable our dancers to have real life experiences. For example, University Dancers worked at the Kensington Elementary School, an inner-city school, and through its workshops, activities and performances, the children responded with a remarkable brightening of spirit. Their standardized test scores also rose, although there's no certainty this was directly attributed to the University Dancers' presence.

Program Type: 

Course Name and Number: 

DANCE 491A: University Dancers Tour

Impact Area: 

Program Impact Region: 

Program Participation: 

Program identifies community participants.

Program Start (and End Dates): 

January 7, 2014


United States

Program Director: 

Paul Dennis

Program Director's Email Address: 

Program Contact: 

Paul Dennis

Contact Email: 

UNIT: Colleges, Schools, Departments, Centers, and Institutes: 

College of Humanities and Fine Arts/Music and Dance

Organizational elements: 

Student Involvement: 


This Project Receives External Funding: 


Assessment Mechanism: