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Dance Program Director: Thomas Vacanti (bio & contact)
Administrative Coordinator: Cathleen Maclutsky, (email, 413-545-6064)
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Thurs, Fri, Sat, February 2, 3, & 4, 2023  @ 7:30pm, Totman Performance Lab
Convergence: A Dance Performance Gallery
An artistic presentation of methods and findings from an active clinical trial about the health benefits of dance among adults.
Aston K. McCullough, artistic director
With Five College dance faculty collaborators Chris Aiken, Barbie Diewald, Jenna M. Riegel & other dancers
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Thurs., Fri. March 2 & 3, 2023 @ 7:30pm, Totman Performance Lab
Senior Thesis Dance Projects
Senior dance majors present their choreography projects
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Friday, April 14, 2023 @ 8 - 9pm, Totman Performance Lab
The End: Cole Ellsworth Senior Dance Project
Choreography by Cole Ellsworth & dancers: Caroline Ball, Hanna Leonard, Ben Versoy, Avery Alvarado, Samantha Bishop, Lauren Hanafin & Ryann Burns
An hour-long improvisational work based around the unique world of The Stanley Parable.
Free & open to the public


Saturday, April 22, 2023  1:00 - 3:30pm  Online via Zoom
Dance Science Symposium 2023
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Christina Hugenschmidt, PhD; Christina Soriano, MFA; Deepthi Thumuluri, MS
Wake Forest University, North Carolina

Constantina Theofanopoulou, PhD
City University of New York, Rockefeller University

Edna Carolina Orozco Velasquez, MA
Cenda University Corporation (Bogota, Colombia)


Friday, Saturday, May 5 & 6, 2023 @ 8pm, Totman Performance Lab
Junior Choreography Dance Projects
Junior dance majors present their choreography projects
More info to come..