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Five College Dance Department

Faculty and Staff

The dance faculty at the Five Colleges work together as members of a single department, coordinating the courses offered to ensure broad coverage of study and striving for a critical balance among technical training, performance, historical, theoretical, and scientific studies.

The distinguished faculty, enhanced by the presence of the UMass Fine Arts Center, attracts some of the world's leading guest artists, who come to perform and offer master classes, lectures, workshops, or semester-long courses.

Faculty

[Chris Aiken]
Chris Aiken
Smith 
Associate Professor of Dance
Contemporary Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Composition, Repertory, Choreography and Design, Scientific Foundations of Dance
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[Dante Brown]

  Dante Brown 
  Amherst
 
Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance
 
Modern Technique and Ensemble Dancing in Community 
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[Rodger Blum]Rodger Blum 
FCDD Chair
Smith 
Professor of Dance
Ballet Technique, Repertory, Composition, Floor-Barre, Pedagogy of Dance Technique, Video and Performance, Study in Dance Tech/Performance
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[Dasha Chapman]Dasha Chapman
Hampshire
Visiting Faculty in Critical Dance Studies
Modern Technique and Theory, Dance History and Theory, Dance and Culture, Caribbean and African Diaspora Dance
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Paul Dennis. Photo by Jim Coleman.
Paul Dennis
UMass
Associate Professor of Dance
Modern Technique, Composition, New York Professional Outreach Program (NYPOP)
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[Barbie Diewald]

 Barbie Diewald
 Mount Holyoke
 Visiting Artist in Dance
 
Modern Technique and Repertory
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[Charles Flachs]
Charles Flachs 
Mount Holyoke
Professor of Dance and Department Chair
Dance History, Ballet Technique, Partnering, Repertory
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[Rose Flachs]
Rose Marie Flachs 
Mount Holyoke
Professor of Dance 
Ballet Technique, Pointe/Variations, Repertory
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Deborah Goffe
Deborah Goffe 
Hampshire
Assistant Professor of Dance
Modern Technique and Theory, Choreography, Reimagining Contemporary American Arts Ecologies, Practicing Collaborative Art-Making
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Molly ChristieMolly Christie Gonzalez
UMass
Assistant Professor of Dance
Dance Education, Improv and Movement, and Writing about Dance  
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[Angie Hauser]
Angie Hauser
Smith
Associate Professor of Dance and Department Chair
Choreography, Improvisation, Repertory, Contemporary Dance Technique,
Contact Improvisation, Performance, Cunningham Technique and Context
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Daphne LowellDaphne Lowell (on sabbatical fall 2018 and spring 2019)
Hampshire
Professor of Dance and Movement Studies and Coordinator of Dance
Modern Dance Technique, Composition, Dance and Culture, Authentic Movement, Embodied Imagination, Research in Dance
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Leslie Frye MaiettaLeslie Frye Maietta
UMass
Visiting Artist in Dance
Jazz Technique, Contemporary Dance Technique, Freshman Seminar, Composition, Repertory
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[Marilyn Sylla]
Marilyn M. Sylla
Five College Lecturer in Dance (based at Smith)
West African Dance Technique, Dance in the Community 
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[Lester Tome by Joshi Radin]Lester Tomé
Smith
Associate Professor of the Theory and Practice in Dance, and Head of MFA Program
Dance History and Literature, History & Aesthetics in Latin American Dance, Salsa, Dance Theory
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[Tom Vacanti]
Thomas Vacanti (on sabbatical fall 2018)
UMass
Associate Professor and Director of UMass Dance Program
Ballet Technique, Advanced Repertory, Technology for Dance, Seminar Senior Project, Modern Strengthening, SAFE Barre/Floor, Dance History
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Leilya Weidman.jpgLailye Weidman
Hampshire
Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance
Modern Technique and Theory, Embodied Imagination 
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[Wendy Woodson]

Wendy Woodson (on sabbatical fall 2018)
Amherst
Roger C. Holden 1919 Professor of Theater and Dance and Department Chair of Theater and Dance
Improvisation, Interdisciplinary Performance, Composition, Site Specific Performance, Video and Performance
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Musical Directors

 

[Peter Jones]
Peter Jones
Mount Holyoke
Senior Lecturer and Accompanist in Dance
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Jake M. Meginsky
Amherst 
Visiting Lecturer in Theater and Dance
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Mike Vargas
Smith
Lecturer and Accompanist in Dance
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STAFF

[Matthew Adelson]Matthew Adelson
Dance Production Manager
413-585-3793
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[Kat Rother]Kat Rother
Assistant Production Manager
413-585-3793
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[Joanna Faraby Walker]Joanna Faraby Walker
FCDD Administrative Coordinator
413-559-6622
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