Five College Dance Department

Southern Vermont Dance Festival 2015

[SVDF Alan Kimara Dixon and Cameron McKinney]

The Southern Vermont Dance Festival, happening from July 16-19, 2015, touts world-renowned faculty, three gala concerts, three informal concerts, dozens of community performances, and much more.

This year, the festival is proud to offer a special student discount from May 1-15, as well as group discounts. 

The Festival is also currently accepting volunteer and internship applications. 

To buy tickets or apply for summer opportunities, visit

Five College Dance Department: Production Workshops

In general, any student producing a dance concert is required to attend all the production workshops. There are no make-up classes. Anyone who has a conflict must connect with Jean Baxter beforehand. Questions?Concerns?  Contact Jean:   

Dates, times, and locations of workshops: 

Fri. 10/17, 4:30-6pm at Smith College -- Administrative Overview & Personnel; Budget; Timeline
Fri. 10/24, 4:30-6pm at Hampshire College -- Publicity; Lighting Designer & Crew; Theatre time
Fri. 11/7, 4:30-6pm in the Studio Theatre at Mount Holyoke College -- Working with your Lighting Designer

The syllabus will be sent as a website link.

Attendance Policies:

  • Amherst College: Any student producer who wishes to attend is welcome to attend any/all workshops.
  • Hampshire College: All dance concert producers (e.g. Div IIIs) are required to attend all workshops.
  • Mount Holyoke College: All dance concert producers (senior Artistic Directors, student concert Artistic Directors) are required to attend all workshops.  
  • Smith College:
    • All MFAs are invited to attend. 1st-year grads are required to attend the first production workshop.
    • Senior Concert producers and Celebrations producers (Artistic Director & Treasurer) are required to attend all production workshops.
    • Celebrations directors are required to attend all workshops if they wish to produce in a Dance Department space.
  • UMass-  AWD & ECS committee members are all required to attend all production workshops.
  • Anyone else involved in the concerts is welcome to attend.

Jodi Falk Five College Visiting Lecturer in Dance; Coordinator of Community Outreach and Dance in Education


Jodi Falk has been a dancer, choreographer, dance educator and consultant in the arts in education for over 25 years in the US and internationally, teaching students and teachers of students in London, Israel, South Africa, Nicaragua and more. Her work centers on the vehicle of movement and the arts to promote deeper learning, personal growth, community empowerment, and excellence in the discipline of dance. She was the Founding Director of Dance at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School, the Director of Choreography for several years at the Laban Centre in London where she also designed community-based practices for the Community Dance Post-Graduate Diploma Course, and has been a guest artist-educator for dance companies in urban, suburban and rural school settings. Her work with special needs populations has led her to work with such groundbreaking companies as CandoCo in the UK and Remix in South Africa. Jodi is delighted and honored to work with the students of the Five Colleges and the communities of the Pioneer Valley.

Dancer Models Wanted for Photography Project

I am a student at the Hallmark Institute of Photography (Turners Falls, Ma) looking for a variety of models to participate in both out of studio and in studio shoots.


Ø To have a background in dance

Ø Own means of transportation would be ideal

Contact Info:

    Name: Amelia Ingraham


    Cell: (860)-634-3781 

I would appreciate it if you had any of the potential models contact me via email or text and include a headshot for me to see their features prior to the shoot. Also they will get a copy of the print once it is finished if I do photograph them.

Thank You,


Threshold: An Evening of Dance, Music, and Image

created and performed by Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser + Mike Vargas 

with Anne Whiston Spirn

February 11, 2014  7:00pm  

Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College

In conjunction with THE EYE IS A DOOR Landscape Photographs by Anne Whiston Spirn

(Smith College Museum of Art | January 31–August 31, 2014)

| Q+A to follow | Reserved seating for Members of SCMA | Free and open to all

Kevin Iega Jeff Speaking at UMass

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bartlett Hall 206
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Kevin Iega Jeff is the founder and artistic director of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater of Chicago. He has received numerous awards; recently at the centenary of the Juilliard School, he was awarded the distinction of being recognized as one of their 100 Outstanding Alumni. The foundation of his practice are the experiences of African American people and the translation of that into dance: how the history of black people in this country speak to universal experiences that are shared by humanity and how dance can capture and share this with an audience. Deeply Rooted’s mission is to re-imagine and diversify the aesthetics of contemporary dance by bringing together modern, classical, and African diasporic traditions of dance. Their choreographic practice is grounded in the principles of theater.

Kevin Iega Jeff will be visiting the Five Colleges.  He will be speaking both about his work as a choreographer and what it means to build and sustain a black arts institution.

A dance clip: Choreography Kevin Iega Jeff

Jagged Ledges

All members of the Five College Community are welcome to join


If you have any questions please contact:

Tanya Fernando
Assistant Professor
Department of English
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Parsons Dance Master Classes

Three dancers in mid-dramatic poseFriday, Nov. 22, the day before performing at the UMass Fine Arts Center, company members from Parsons Dance are offering two master classes open to Five College dancers:

1. Int/Adv Modern Technique 
Totman Rm 13, UMass

Open to all Five College dancers.

2. Nutrition and Body Image Workshop
Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts
Berenson Dance Studio 3, Smith College

Parsons Dance company member Christina Ilisije will be giving a workshop on maintaining nutritional balance and wellness for dancers and athletes. Open to the public – please join us!

This article, written by Ilisije, is suggested as pre-workshop reading.

This pdf map shows Mendenhall as building 49 with parking off Elm St.

Parsons Dance is an internationally renowned contemporary dance company based in New York City. Under the artistic direction of David Parsons, the company presents uplifting, family-friendly contemporary dance to audiences around the world.

Parsons Dance is a company of 8 full-time dancers and maintains a repertory of more than 70 works by David Parsons, as well as commissions by emerging choreographers and collaborations with some of the greatest artists of our time, including Steely Dan, Dave Matthews, Michael Gordon, Milton Nascimento, William Ivey Long, Annie Leibovitz, Donna Karan and Alex Katz.

Parsons Dance was founded in 1985 and has performed in more than 350 cities, 30 countries and 5 continents for the most prestigious theaters, festivals and presenters worldwide, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Maison de la Danse, Teatro La Fenice and Teatro Muncipal.

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement


TUESDAYS 5:15 - 6:15PM

$72 FOR FULL SERIES ($60 if pre-registered),


"This is the most sophisticated and effective method I have seen for the
prevention and reversal of deterioration of function."
– Margaret Mead

Awareness Through Movement is a component of the Feldenkrais Method, which is a mode of somatic education. During each class, students engage in structured movement explorations that involve thinking, sensing, moving, and imagining. Many lessons are based on developmental movements and ordinary functional activities. Some are based on more abstract explorations of joint, muscle, and postural relationships. The lessons consist of comfortable, easy movements that gradually evolve into movements of greater range and complexity. Lessons attempt to make one aware of one's habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities and to expand options for new ways of moving. These classes are great for: Everyone! Athletes, couch potatos, yogis, senior citizens, moms, dads, musicians, dancers, students, poets, meditators, gardeners, artists…

For more information on this series contact:
Fritha at or Lauren at
For more information on the Feldenkrais Method visit:

Arts Extension Service


Why the Arts Extension Service?

  • The Arts Extension Service is a national arts service organization located at UMass.  We have served artists and arts managers at UMass and beyond for 40 years.  
  • Our alumni have successful careers in art-making and performance, and have behind the scenes arts management careers in arts marketing, public relations, development, operations, fundraising, and education departments of both for profit and not-for-profit organizations including orchestras, theater and dance companies, studios, museums, art galleries, and various foundations.
  • Our instructors are professionals with 20+ years of experience in the Arts and Arts Management field, many of whom are artists themselves. Students enjoy high quality instruction, small class sizes, and case study work relevant to their own interests.
  • Blended classes meet once a week in class, assignments and discussions take place online. 


What our Students say:

“I can't thank you enough and express to you how incredibly helpful this entire program has been and if it wasn't for everything I've learned, I would not have been promoted so quickly here at the museum!”

“The invaluable feedback and weekly process was and IS such a great resource for me. I will now begin to put it into practice.”

“After months of preparation the fundraiser was on Friday; the great news was: we raised about $10,000 more than last year! That's a wonderful number! I am so glad I was able to learn so much from your class and use my knowledge so quickly and efficiently!”

Arts Fundraising

HM &FN ART 501.  Thursday 4-5:15

        It is essential for arts managers to know how to develop and implement an effective fundraising program that draws its strength from a variety of sources and focuses on building relationships. This course will present the principles and methods of raising funds for nonprofit arts organizations from individuals, business, government agencies and foundations. Practical assignments will focus on identifying potential sources, positioning the organization for fundraising, and developing effective strategies for acquiring funds and grant basics. The course will culminate in the development of a fundraising action plan for a shared case study organization.

This course requires that Introduction to Arts management be taken prior to or concurrently with it.