Announcements and Upcoming Events

Check out what's new in the world of Five College Dance!

Five College Dance/UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center workshop with RUBBERBANDance, 2019, at Hampshire College. Photo by Nikki Lee. 

Upcoming Events

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Wednesday, February 28, UMass Amherst

Trinity Irish Dance Masterclass and Performance

Masterclass (some dance experience but no Irish step required, free)
Wednesday, February 28, 2:30-4:15pm at Totman Gym, UMass Amherst

Wednesday, February 28, 7:30pm at Frederick C. Tillis Performance Hall, FAC, UMass

JIG, a Trinity Irish Dance Company Production, is a brand new work that offers a fresh take on TIDC’s internationally renowned, alternative approach to a traditional form. In its premiere season, JIG will redefine what’s possible for Irish music and dance. Centered by a live band, JIG will immerse audiences in an authentic experience that celebrates the power of vibrations, rhythm and movement.

Tickets $25-$55; Five College students $10-$15.

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Thursday, February 29, 7:00pm, Totman Performance Laboratory, UMass Amherst

Exposition: An evening of solo explorations

Join the UMass Department of Dance for the presentation of 11 new original works by Junior Dance majors. Works by Samantha Bernat, Madison Farmer, Chynna Jacobs, Nicolette LeBrun, Hanna Leonard, Olivia Olsen, Josefina Ortiz, Catharine Richards, May Saito, Benhamin Versoy, and Ellery Witman. 

No pre-registration. Free.

ID: Colorful poster with photo of Brandon Barker on right side.

March 5 and 7, 2:15 and 5:15pm each day, UMass

Solo Lindy Hop Workshops with Brandon Barker

Join Brandon Barker for this year's Alumni Workshop hosted by the UMass Department of music and dance. Barker will guest teach in all UMass jazz classes. All are welcome! Registration is encouraged—please do so using the form below. 

8 choreographers group portrait for currents, their senior thesis concert

March 7-8, 7:30pm, Totman Performance Lab, UMass Amherst

Currents: UMass Dance Senior Show

The UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance presents Currents. The concert features senior thesis works by: Samantha Boyle, Antonia Araya Budnik, Alec Galavotti, Madison Hernandez, Carson Kelly, Krista Lawson, Sophia Maalouly, Jonvieve Ratel, Sophie Schilling, and Sophia Valentin.

Tickets are $10 or free to students with ID. Tickets are available for purchase at the UMass Fine Arts Center Box Office at 413-545-2511, at the door, or on the UMass FAC website.

Image of Rennie Harris sitting in a director's chair in a rainbow colored top with a Phillies cap on.

March 26 - 29 at UMass Amherst and Smith College


CRĀV The Harvest's inaugural conference at the Five Colleges features Hip-Hop scholar and practitioner Dr. Lorenzo "Rennie" Harris in a festival of events: a masterclass, 2 showcases, an artist talk, and lecture. See more info on CRĀV The Harvest's webpage. 


Dancer in a bright red kaftan against a chartruese background where 2 drummers are visible. Advertising open faculty position for African Dance / Diaspora.

Dance Faculty Positions at the Five Colleges

Five College Dance Joint Lecturer REVISED
Five College Dance has an opening for a Joint Lecturer in Dance of Africa / African Diaspora through Amherst College. Priority March 8, applications ongoing, pending hire. Please spread the word. 

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Five College Dance featured in Dance Magazine

Five College Dance was featured in Dance Magazine this fall in an article by Stav Ziv. The piece includes information about the FCD program, this year's guest artist repertory project, an excerpt of Lucinda Childs's Dance, and interviews with faculty and students. Download a PDF of the article to read below.