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When does the Dance Department hold scholarship auditions?

Auditions for dance scholarships are held the first Saturday in February.  Click here to learn more or to register for the audition.

Do I need to audition to be admitted to the Dance Department?

The Dance Department is an open enrollment department. Admission to UMBC is primarily based on a student's academic record.  Once admitted to UMBC, a student can take any dance course appropriate for their level.  Students declaring Dance as their major must complete the gateway course (DANC 320 Intermediate Modern Technique II) with a B or better to continue as a dance major.

How can I take a tour of UMBC?

Contact the Admissions Office online or by phone: 410-455-2292 or 1-800-UMBC-4U2

Can I observe and/or participate in a dance class? How do I know what level class to take?

The Dance Department encourages prospective students to observe or take a dance class. Fill out and submit this form or contact the department (410-455-2179).  A prospective student should participate or observe in Ballet III or IV, or Intermediate Modern Dance Technique I or II. You should arrive at the department office (Fine Arts Building Room 467C) at least 15 minutes before the class, so that someone can direct you to the dressing room and studio. 

You must attend the entire class from beginning to end. If you are not sure about the appropriate level for you, please realize that Level I classes are beginning courses designed for those who have never taken a dance class before. If you have been dancing your whole life, you will want to take an intermediate level class.

What are the facilities like?

The Department has one large dance studio/performace lab, two smaller studios, and dressing facilities. Some classes occur in the spacious Fitness Room of the Retriever Athletic Center. All studios have sprung floors, with portable bars and mirrors. The Dance and Technology Lab is equipped with Apple Computers.  The Department will be moving to a new building (the Performing Arts and Humanities Facility) in two phases.  Beginning in 2012, the Department will hold its Spring performances in a beautiful new theater, and a few years later, will move into new studios and facilities.

How big are the dance classes?

On average, there are 15-22 students per technique class. Beginning Level classes (Beginning Modern I and Ballet I) are the largest. Class size also depends upon the size of the studio and the course.

Is there live accompaniment?

All technique courses have live accompaniment.  Accomplished pianists play for ballet classes.  Percussionists or pianists play for modern classes.

Are there more modern or ballet courses?

The department offers six levels of modern and four levels of ballet. All four levels of ballet are taught every semester.  The department does not follow one specific syllabus or technique (such as Cecchetti or Vaganova, Graham or Limón). In modern classes, students rotate through established techniques such as Cunningham, Taylor, Graham and Limon, as well as eclectic release-based techniques and specialties of visiting artist/instructors.

Is Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballroom, or Dance Team offered?

The department offers an Intermediate/Advanced Jazz Workshop course every spring.  Students have opportunities to study Tap and Hip Hop; however, these courses are not offered every semester.  Students who are accomplished at Hip Hop are encouraged to explore the UMBC Student Hip Hop crew, Common Ground. Students interested in Ballroom Dance should contact the Ballroom Dance Club, a student organization. The UMBC Dance Team is managed by the Athletic Program

Can I major in Dance Education?

Students pursuing K-12 certification to teach dance must complete a dual program offered by the Department of Dance and the Department of Education.  Prospective teachers must meet the degree requirements for the BA in Dance plus additional required courses offered by the Department Dance and the Department of Education. The teaching internship is supervised by both departments.  Upon completion of the program, students graduate with Maryland State Certification to teach dance and a BA in Dance. UMBC does not offer a separate degree in Dance Education. 

Who can take dance courses?

The Dance Department offers dance courses for all undergraduates, regardless of major.  Students are placed at their level of skill. Dance majors and minors have priority for registration for all dance courses, and make up a large majority of the upper level courses. The Senior Projects course is open only to students majoring in dance.

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