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the chair

Welcome to the UMBC Dance Department.  I invite you to explore our website, and hope you will find it helpful in providing you information about the department’s programs and events. This is an exciting place to be, where students and faculty are engaged in performing, creating, and analyzing dance.

Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized dancers, teachers, choreographers, and researchers, who bring a wide range of experience to the program. We value the traditions of dance, and are excited about new ideas and approaches. Our alumni are out in the dance world, performing in companies and shows, teaching in dances studios and high schools, or working in related careers like physical therapy and arts management.

If you are a prospective student, be sure to read about our scholarships and auditions.  Explore our programs, check our performance calendar. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have, or to arrange for a visit!


Carol Hess

Associate Professor & Chair