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Joshua Barnard, Dance and Psychology

"Summer, A Dancer's Opportunity to Grow"
Faculty Mentor: Mr. Doug Hamby
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2010
Contact: josh1@umbc.edu

This research grant will be assisting my funding in attending a dance festival at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. I will spend three weeks there studying modern dance, ballet, yoga, and new approaches to teaching dance as well as creating movement and new dances. The knowledge that I acquire during my intensive study will guide me to create a new dance to be performed in the Fall 2008 Dance Showcase by dancers in the UMBC dance department. This dance will not only affect the audiences that view it upon completion but it will also help me grow as an artist and give the dancers an opportunity to learn and grow as well. This dance has the opportunity to be taken to the American College Dance Festival to be critiqued and possibly be submitted to the Maryland’s Choreographers Showcase. In addition, I teach at Kinetic’s Dance Theatre in Columbia, MD where I can pass on this knowledge to my students.