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Spring 2021 Events are listed below.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020-21 events will be online only until further notice.  Please check back soon for more information.

Friday, January 29; Tuesday, March 23, and Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 7:00-8:00pm, Online via Zoom
Dance Program Virtual Open House   Details   Registration
For prospective dance majors, including high school juniors and seniors, transfers and current UMass students. You will interact with dance majors and faculty, receive a program overview, Q&A and virtual tour of our facilities.

The process of preparing for and performing in the collegiate dance world will be discussed in detail by the UMass Dance Program faculty. The event is open to current UMass students, high school students and their families, as well as dance teachers.


Tuesday through Friday, March 9-12, 6:00pm, Online via Zoom
Dance Science Symposium
Aston K. McCullough, faculty coordinator   Symposium webpage

The Dance Science Symposium is an annual meeting that aims to bring together dancers and dance scientists to discuss critical and emerging research within the field of dance science and medicine. Guest presenters: Allison Seifert, Aviva Kornel, Barry Parker,  Jessica Sudock, Peggy Gould


Saturday, March 13, 2021, 9:30am-7:30pm, Online via Zoom
Virtual Dance Conference: Beyond the Proscenium - Access
Paul A. Dennis, faculty coordinator   Conference website     Event page

Spotlighting multiple approaches to scholarly and creative research in our dance programs. Including panels and webinars, studio classes taught by renowned instructors, oral presentations, interest groups/discussions and creative workshops. 

Includes a webinar on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) in Dance

Featuring presenters/teachers: UMass dance faculty Molly Christie Gonzalez & Lauren Cox, guest artists Samantha Speis (Urban Bush Women), Cathy Nicoli, Chris Aiken, Shakia Barron, Gerald Casel, Barbie Diewald & others


Friday/Saturday, April 23-24, 2021 @ 7:30pm  Online via 5 College Dance vimeo livestream
Proximity: A Senior Thesis Dance Concert     Event page
Senior dance majors present their thesis projects

Friday, April 23: Dances by Nell Mancini, Kiersten Yusi, Ariana Haddad & Brooke Morrison
Saturday, April 24: Dances by Victoria Winter, Brandon Barker & Sara LaPadula

Free; please email to receive the livestream link.


Friday/Saturday, April 30 & May 1, 2021 @ 7:30pm  Online via 5 College Dance vimeo livestream
memoirs: Junior Choreography Projects     Event page
Junior dance majors present their choreography projects

Friday, April 30: Dances by Kayla Reid, Emma Garber, Cole Ellsworth, Stephanie Schramm, Camrie Baams, Katya Taylor
Saturday, May 1: Dances by Madeline Canavan, Rachel Marchica, Jade Farrell, Brette Cronin, Alexis Webber-McCollaum, Hannah Lieberman

Free; please email to receive the livestream link.


Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 7pm   Online via Zoom
Dance Convocation and Senior Recognition Ceremony
Host: Thomas Vacanti, Dance Program Director

Celebrating our graduating dance majors and recognizing their work and achievements over the past four years. Featuring guest artist Andrea Miller, 2014 Guggenheim fellow and internationally-known choreographer, artistic director & founder of Brooklyn-based company, GALLIM.