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September 2011 Archives

September 8, 2011

Our new website

Welcome to the UMBC dance department's new website. Check back often to find out about upcoming performances and events, visiting artists, master classes, and student and faculty accomplishments. Enrollments are up! At the start of the Fall 2011 semester, we have 56 Dance Majors and 21 Dance Minors. Auditions for student pieces are in progress this week and next. It should be an exciting semester!

September 12, 2011

Remembering Becky Jung

The Dance Department remembers Rebecca Jung ('87) who lost her battle with cancer on September 6, 2011. Becky performed with Phoenix Dance Company (now called Baltimore Dance Project,) UMBC's professional dance company in residence, and also Baltimore-based modern dance company, Naked Feet. After graduating, she moved to New York and joined renowned company, Pilobolus,and worked with them for seven years as performer and collaborative choreographer, touring all over the world. She appeared in commercials, fashion shows, operas, and in Marilyn Manson's video "Beautiful People."

Over the years, Becky would occasionally drop in to take class at UMBC, which was a thrill for our students. As a teacher, she shared the unique techniques of Pilobolus as well as her sense of humor. Many UMBC dancers had the opportunity to take master classes with her.

Elizabeth Walton says, "I will always remember Becky's joyful smile."

I recall when Becky first came to UMBC she planned to study engineering, and to have a career in aerospace engineering. But dance swept her up. In dancing with Pilobolus and later with Lisa Giobbi Movement Theatre, whose choreography involved dancers suspended in space with trapeze and elastic bands, I'd say, she had an amazing career in 'aerospace engineering.'

- Carol Hess, Chair

September 19, 2011


Get your tickets now for Catherine Cabeen and Company, performing at 8:00pm Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24 in Studio 317 in the Fine Arts Building.

Presented by UMBC's InterArts Series, Ms. Cabeen's company will present its repertory program, Hyphen, a suite of five contemporary dance works that explore the shifting intersections between words, rhythm, meaning, movement, sound, and color through interdisciplinary collaboration. Praised by the New York TImes for its "highly kinetic, complex movement...visually exquisite, and beautifully performed," Hyphenfeatures original live music by UMBC alumnus Kant Mathias on kora and oud, and Julian Martlew on dobro. Performed by three dancers, Hyphen also features the work of writer Jay McAleer, costumes by fashion designers Michael Cepress and Bo Choi, and lighting by Connie Yun.

Admission is $15 general, $10 students/seniors.

Tickets may be ordered in advance through MissionTix at or by calling 410-752-8950. Those who prefer to pay by cash or check at 'will call' may make reservations by calling 410-455-6240.

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