Dance

Five College Dance comprises the dance departments of our member campuses, with each offering its own distinctive program while collaborating as a uniquely rich inter-campus consortium with abundant possibilities for dance students.

Boats Leaving, choreographed by Doug Varone, 2019 UMass Amherst Fall Faculty Concert. Photo by Derek Fowles.

Established in 1978, Five College Dance (FCD) is a creative and intellectual collaboration organized between the dance departments and programs at Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, Mount Holyoke Colleges and University of Massachusetts Amherst. We are a community of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars and artists. We create and amplify access to rich, varied artistic and academic opportunities in dance.

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Mission:

Five College Dance advances embodied practice as a critical mode of inquiry, expression, and civic engagement across cultural and historical contexts. We cultivate new generations of artists, scholars, and practitioners to shape the field of dance and dance studies.

What We Do:

Our member dance departments and programs collaborate by:

  • Coordinating a shared undergraduate dance curriculum with diversely trained faculty and varied course offerings in dance technique, performance, composition and theory
  • Producing at least one major repertory project most years, open to all five college students
  • Providing performance opportunities on each campus for all five college students
  • Opening the great majority of campuses’ events, workshops, professionalization opportunities, masterclasses, residencies, symposia, and field trips to all five college students
A dancer dances in a middle of a circle of people squatting. Their arms are outstretched. The lighting is dark but the dancers exhibit lots of energy.

Our House, choreographed by Shakia Barron, 2018 Mount Holyoke Fall Faculty Concert. Photo by Charles Flachs. 

A group of dancers in colorful clothing are arranged in a clump on stage. They are mid jump with their heads and arms towards the right side of the image.

Reflect/Respond: A Limón Dance Legacy Concert at UMass Amherst, 2019. Photo by Derek Fowles. 

Five College Dance Provides

  • Production management and technical supervision for all FCD concerts, events, and auditions, as well as for any FCD contributions to the annual American College Dance Association conference.
  • Annual production workshop for students producing their own shows, plus additional production-related learning opportunities
  • Annual lecture by a major scholar and/or artist in the field
  • Annual concert with a faculty- and guest-choreographed work submitted from each school, featuring students from all campuses
  • News from the departments, FCD, and alumni
  • Masterclasses from professional dance artists on the UMass Center for Fine Arts season
  • Centralized communication hub (social media, listserv, website) to share with students and faculty dance-related events, professional opportunities, news, and programs from the campuses, FCD, the local community, and beyond
  • Coordination and facilitation of musician accompanists for most campuses’ technique classes
  • Photographing and archiving professional photos of FCD performances and events
  • Collaborations with non-dance departments/units and external arts organizations
  • Support for the work of individual departments, students, and faculty that benefit the consortium

Spring 2023 Dance Courses: Graduate Courses

Subject Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Institution Meeting Times
DAN 500dp 01 Grad Sem:T-Pedagogy Rodger Fleming Blum Smith College M W 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM
DAN 560 01 Scientific Principles/Teaching Smith College M 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Spring 2023 Dance Courses: Related Topics and Seminars

Subject Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Institution Meeting Times
DANCE 390 01 Senior Capstone Seminar Shakia Barron Mount Holyoke College W 07:15PM-08:30PM
DAN 399 01 Senior Seminar Rodger Fleming Blum Smith College M 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
DANCE 493D 01 S- NYPOP Lauren Cox UMass Amherst M W 11:15AM 12:05PM
DANCE 495A 01 Sem-Senior Project Aston McCullough UMass Amherst TU 4:00PM 5:15PM

Spring 2023 Dance Courses: Movement and Rhythmic Analysis

Subject Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Institution Meeting Times
DAN 287 01 Music From Dancer's Perspect Jake Meginsky Smith College TU TH 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM
DANCE 287 01 Rhythm Analysis:Dancers Prsptv Jesse Bay UMass Amherst TU TH 2:30PM 3:45PM
DANCE 297P 01 ST-Pilates Molly Christie UMass Amherst M W 1:25PM 2:15PM

Spring 2023 Dance Courses: Scientific Aspects of Dance and Anatomy

Subject Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Institution Meeting Times
DANCE 241 01 Scientific Foundations/Dance I UMass Amherst TH 4:00PM 6:00PM
DANCE 241 01LL Scientific Foundations/Dance I UMass Amherst TU 4:00PM 5:00PM
DANCE 241 01LM Scientific Foundations/Dance I UMass Amherst TU 5:30PM 6:30PM

Spring 2023 Dance Courses: Creative Studies: Choreography, Composition, and Improvisation

Subject Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Institution Meeting Times
THDA 111 01 The Language of Movement Jungeun Kim Amherst College TU/TH | 2:30 PM - 4:20 PM
THDA 355 01 Solo Performance Wendy Woodson Amherst College TU/TH | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
DANCE 217 01 Site-Specif Int/Adv Mod Improv Balinda Craig-Quijada Mount Holyoke College M 01:30PM-04:20PM
DANCE 252 01 Intermediate Composition Erin Kouwe Mount Holyoke College TTH 03:15PM-04:30PM
DANCE 319 01 Advanced Modern & Improv. Instructor To Be Announced,Tian Hui Ng Mount Holyoke College TTH 09:00AM-10:15AM
DAN 151 01 Elem Dance Composition Smith College TU TH 2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
DANCE 151 01 Elem Composition Duane Holland, Jr UMass Amherst TU TH 11:30AM 12:45PM
DANCE 394CI 01 Emerging Choreographers Molly Lynch UMass Amherst TU TH 1:00PM 2:15PM

Spring 2023 Dance Courses: History, Criticism, Aesthetics, and Research

Subject Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Institution Meeting Times
HACU 0214 1 Queer Dance: Theory & Practice Lailye Weidman Hampshire College 10:30AM-11:50AM TU;10:30AM-11:50AM TH;10:30AM-11:50AM TU;10:30AM-11:50AM TH
DANCE 171HP 01 Issues in Hist. and Perform. Balinda Craig-Quijada Mount Holyoke College MW 10:00AM-11:15AM
DANCE 272FD 01 Dance and Culture:Funk Styles Shakia Barron Mount Holyoke College TTH 01:45PM-03:00PM;TTH 01:45PM-03:00PM
DANCE 377ST 01 Dance Styles: Street & Club Instructor To Be Announced,Tian Hui Ng Mount Holyoke College W 01:30PM-04:20PM;W 01:30PM-04:20PM
DAN 272 01 Dance Anthropology Lester Tomé Smith College M W 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM
DAN 377sa 01 T-Adv St Histry&Aesthet-Salsa Lester Tomé Smith College M 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
DANCE 171 01 Dance In The 20Th C Molly Christie UMass Amherst M W 10:10AM 12:05PM
DANCE 395V 01 S-Bodies,Mvmnt,QueerMeaning/CD Erin Kouwe UMass Amherst M W 2:30PM 3:45PM

Spring 2023 Dance Courses: Technique

Subject Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Institution Meeting Times
THDA 122H 01 Beg./Int. Hip Hop Djeffrey Jean-Philippe Amherst College M/W | 4:00 PM - 5:20 PM
THDA 218H 01 Int/Adv Contemp Dance Amherst College TU/TH | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
HACU 0206 1 Contemp Dance Tech Half Course Lailye Weidman Hampshire College 01:00PM-02:20PM TU;01:00PM-02:20PM TH
DANCE 113 01 Beginning Modern Balinda Craig-Quijada Mount Holyoke College TTH 01:45PM-03:00PM
DANCE 128 01 Renaissance/Baroque Dance II Nona Monahin,Margaret Pash Mount Holyoke College TH 07:15PM-08:45PM
DANCE 132 01 Introduction to Hip Hop Shakia Barron Mount Holyoke College TTH 10:30AM-11:45AM
DANCE 216MA 01 Intermediate Modern Erin Kouwe Mount Holyoke College TTH 10:30AM-11:45AM
DANCE 222 01 Intermediate Ballet Erin Kouwe Mount Holyoke College TTH 09:00AM-10:15AM
DANCE 232 01 Intermediate Hip Hop Instructor To Be Announced,Tian Hui Ng Mount Holyoke College MW 11:30AM-12:45PM
DAN 101sf 01 T-Studio:Strength&Flexibility Laura Pattee David Smith College M W F 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
DAN 113fn 01 T-Fundamentals Frankie Baron Smith College M W 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM
DAN 119 01 Beginning Contact Improv Gabrielle Revlock Smith College W 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM; M 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM
DAN 120 01 Beginning Ballet 1 Maddy Sher Smith College TU TH 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM
DAN 133 01 Dance for Every Body Gabrielle Revlock Smith College TU TH 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
DAN 210 01 Hybrid Techniq:ModerntoBallet Chloe Anne London Smith College W 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM; M 3:05 PM - 4:20 PM
DAN 216 01 Intermed Comtemporary 2 Smith College TU TH 1:10 PM - 2:35 PM
DAN 223 01 Intermed Ballet 2 Megan Bonneau McCool,Rodger Fleming Blum Smith College W 1:10 PM - 2:35 PM; M 1:40 PM - 2:55 PM
DAN 227 01 Intermediate Pointe Technique Eleanor Goudie-Averill Smith College F 10:50 AM - 12:15 PM
DAN 246 01 Intermediate Hip Hop Djeffrey Jean philippe Smith College M 1:40 PM - 2:55 PM; W 1:10 PM - 2:35 PM
DAN 300ct 01 T-Contemp Trends Rodger Fleming Blum Smith College F 1:10 PM - 2:35 PM
DAN 318 01 Adv Contemp 2 Smith College TU TH 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
DAN 325 01 Advanced Ballet 2 Rodger Fleming Blum Smith College M W 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
DAN 327 01 Advanced Pointe Technique Eleanor Goudie-Averill Smith College F 10:50 AM - 12:15 PM
DANCE 114 01 Modern Dance II Molly Christie UMass Amherst TU TH 1:00PM 2:15PM
DANCE 121 01 Ballet II Thomas Vacanti UMass Amherst M W F 2:30PM 3:45PM
DANCE 130 01 Jazz Dance I Lauren Cox UMass Amherst TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM
DANCE 197P 01 ST- Hip Hop I Duane Holland, Jr UMass Amherst TU TH 2:30PM 3:45PM
DANCE 216 01 Modern Dance IV Duane Holland, Jr UMass Amherst TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM
DANCE 223 01 Ballet IV Thomas Vacanti UMass Amherst M W F 12:20PM 1:10PM
DANCE 232 01 Jazz Dance III Lauren Cox UMass Amherst TU TH 11:30AM 12:45PM
DANCE 297P 01 ST-Pilates Molly Christie UMass Amherst M W 1:25PM 2:15PM
DANCE 325 01 Ballet VI Thomas Vacanti UMass Amherst M W F 1:25PM 2:15PM

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Melinda Buckwalter

Melinda Buckwalter

Managing Director of Five College Dance

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