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DANCE.  NOW.  At UMass Amherst 

Dance Program Director: Thomas Vacanti (bio & contact)
Administrative Coordinator: Cathleen Maclutsky, (email, 413-545-6064)
Dance Events below!

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Chicago Footwork Free Workshop Series, Nov. 14, 17 & 18, Schedule & more info=>
7 classes, 3 available for online viewing.   Event listing =>

UMass Dance Program video coming soon!

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Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 @ 7pm Online via Zoom
Dance Greats on Zooooom: Dottie Earle
For Dance students & alumni; contact Cathy Maclutsky to register


Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 @ 6:30pm, Online via Zoom
Dance Program Virtual Open House
Details =>    For prospective Dance majors!
Contact Cathy Maclutsky at 413-545-6064 or for info


Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022 @ 7pm, Online via Zoom
Dance Greats on Zoooom: Francis Roach
For Dance students & alumni; contact Cathy Maclutsky to register
Francis J. Roach is the Owner, Artistic Director and Head Faculty of Luigi’s Jazz Centre in New York City where he learned directly from Luigi for 38 years.


Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Nov. 3, 4, 5, 2022 @ 7:30pm, Totman Performance Lab
UMass Dance: Scheherazade
UMass Dance director Thomas Vacanti re-imagines and re-interprets the Ballet Russes' original Mikhail Fokine ballet for contemporary audiences.
Details & ticketing >> 


Friday, Nov. 4 @ 1-3pm, Totman Gym
BFA Dance Major Auditions
A live audition is required for all BFA degree applicants. A movement sample is recommended, though not mandatory. Please sign up for one of our scheduled audition dates. You can do this as part of the Dance Application Form.  See the How to Apply webpage.


Mon., Thurs. & Fri, Nov. 14, 17 & 18, 2022   See times/venues below
Chicago Footwork Workshop Series at UMass
With guest artists Kelli Forman, King Charles & DJ T-Rell
Seven FREE workshops focused around Chicago Footwork music, dance, history and culture.

For online viewing option, see to register to receive the link. Event listing =>
All workshops are free and open to the public, no pre-registration needed for in-person attendance.
More information and guest artist bios =>

Monday, Nov. 14
2:30 - 3:45pm: CF Foundation with Kelli Forman (Comp 2 & Ballet 1), Totman Gym
4 - 5:15pm (+ online viewing): Freak the Beat with King Charles and DJ T-Rell (Modern 1), Totman Gym

Thursday, Nov. 17
11:30am - 12:45pm: CF Foundation & Rounds with Kelli Forman (Improvisation), Totman Gym
1 - 2:15pm (+ online viewing): Chicago Footwork with King Charles (Hip Hop), Totman Gym

Friday, Nov. 18
9 - 10am (+ online viewing): Ear Training with DJ T-Rell (Music), Bromery Rm. 44
11am - 12noon: Lab & Converse with DJ T-Rell (Open), Bromery Rm. 419
1:25 - 3:45pm: Chicago Footwork with King Charles (Jazz 5), Totman Gym