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How do I register for dance classes?

Registration is done online through UMBC's Student Administration website. Many courses require permission before registering. Please contact your advisor, or the dance department to request permission.

How many dance courses can I take per semester?

 You can take as many courses as your schedule permits. 

How does the department determine my level of technique?

The first week of the semester serves as an "audition/placement" period. The class instructor will determine whether students have registered for the appropriate level for a particular course. It is important to attend the first class, and to make any necessary schedule changes during the first two weeks of the semester.

How many dance majors are there?

 There are approximately 60 majors and minors. Far more students take dance courses. 

How many faculty members are there?

There are 4 full-time, 6 part-time, and 1 full-time staff. Each fall, there is an additional full-time Artist in Residence, teaching courses for the full semester.

Who gets to perform?

Students have many opportunities to perform at UMBC. At the beginning of each semester the department holds auditions for several concerts. Each semester there is a Senior Concert featuring choreography by senior dance majors enrolled in the Senior Projects course, a First Works concert featuring student choreography, and an end-of-semester Dance Showcase featuring student, faculty and guest artist choreography.

Who gets to choreograph?

Students interested in choreographing work for a department concert may register for credit under DANC 290 or DANC 400. Student choreography is performed on the First Works concert or the end-of-semester Dance Showcase.

Can I major in two departments?

Absolutely. Many dance majors are double majors. Many dance majors have minors.

Can I study abroad?

UMBC has a robust Study Abroad program. Visit the Study Abroad Office for information about applying to study abroad. Dance students work with a dance advisor to select a course of study while abroad.

What do your graduates do?

UMBC's Dance alumni work as professional dancers, choreographers, physical therapists, lawyers, teachers, teaching artists, professors, art administrators, and many other careers.