The mission of the Dance Program at UMBC is to nurture and develop the whole individual, as he/she becomes an instrument for communicating meaning through movement. Dance engages and integrates the physical, the emotional, the spiritual and the intellectual. The dancer's body is trained to become the most articulate "voice" possible - an instrument capable of expressing a vast range of thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Our goal is to produce graduates who are well-trained dancers who perform to their fullest potential, who are able to choreograph, and who are both knowledgeable and articulate about their art. With a primary focus on modern dance and contemporary methods of work, the curriculum gives students opportunities to develop strong technique, composition and performance. By studying the history of dance and related courses, students also gain an understanding of the origins of dance, cultural traditions of dance and the changing world of contemporary dance. Students entering the program are placed in classes appropriate to their level of training. This is determined through an audition or interview with the student. Potential dance students are welcome to come to UMBC to visit the dance department to take a class, meet our students, and discuss the program with our faculty. The centerpiece of the dance program is performance. Students at all levels have regular opportunities, both formal and informal, to develop their performance skills. Students generally perform in department concerts at the end of each semester, in dances choreographed by faculty, visiting artists or other dance majors. Students also may have the opportunity to choreograph for department concerts and to create self-designed projects through independent studies. Because dance is studied in an atmosphere with many opportunities for connection with the other arts, students also develop their awareness of potential influences and new possibilities in performance. The Artist-in-Residence program brings well-known contemporary choreographers and/or teachers to the UMBC faculty for a full semester each year. This offers students the opportunity to work intensively with established dance artists and to be exposed to different ideas and methods of choreography. The program further develops students' versatility in different techniques and styles. Recent visiting artists have included Mark Coniglio and Dawn Stoppiello, Tonya Lockyer, David Rousseve, Adrienne Clancy, and Mary Williford.
For official curriculum for this major, please visit the online undergraduate catalog. This site is your one-stop location for academic policies, major requirements, academic support services, and the first year experience.
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