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DANCE.  NOW.  At UMass Amherst 

Dance Program Director: Thomas Vacanti (bio & contact)
Administrative Coordinator: Cathleen Maclutsky, (email, 413-545-6064)
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Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 @ 7pm Online via Zoom
Dance Greats on Zooooom: Dottie Earle
For Dance students & alumni; contact Cathy Maclutsky to register


Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 @ 6:30pm, Online via Zoom
Dance Program Virtual Open House
Details =>    For prospective Dance majors!
Contact Cathy Maclutsky at 413-545-6064 or for info


Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022 @ 7pm, Online via Zoom
Dance Greats on Zoooom: Francis Roach
For Dance students & alumni; contact Cathy Maclutsky to register
Francis J. Roach is the Owner, Artistic Director and Head Faculty of Luigi’s Jazz Centre in New York City where he learned directly from Luigi for 38 years.


Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Nov. 3, 4, 5, 2022 @ 7:30pm, Totman Performance Lab
UMass Dance: Scheherazade
UMass Dance director Thomas Vacanti re-imagines and re-interprets the Ballet Russes' original Mikhail Fokine ballet for contemporary audiences.
Details & ticketing >> 


Friday, Nov. 4 @ 1-3pm, Totman Gym
BFA Dance Major Auditions
A live audition is required for all BFA degree applicants. A movement sample is recommended, though not mandatory. Please sign up for one of our scheduled audition dates. You can do this as part of the Dance Application Form.  See the How to Apply webpage.