A group of women dancers performs, clustered together with arms in the air, with simple, white costumes and black background.

UMBC’s Maia Schechter lights up the stage at the Kennedy Center

On Saturday, June 9, the stage of Terrace Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., will be graced by the choreography of new UMBC alumna Maia Schechter, a Linehan Artist Scholar whose work was selected for the finals of the American College Dance Festival through a nationally competitive process. Continue reading UMBC’s Maia Schechter lights up the stage at the Kennedy Center

UMBC students ready to share passion for discovery, expression at URCAD 2018

“I am most proud of the kinds of questions these students are asking in their research and creative work,” says April Householder, director of undergraduate research and prestigious scholarships. “From developing clean air technologies or bringing awareness to human trafficking, to collaborating with local poets and creating meaningful art, UMBC undergrads are making change in the world.” Continue reading UMBC students ready to share passion for discovery, expression at URCAD 2018

Maia Schechter

Choreographer Maia Schechter’s critically acclaimed “Now Elsewhere” to be featured at the Kennedy Center

“Thanks to my teachers, I am setting and achieving goals I never thought would be possible,” says Schechter, who has completed multiple competitive dance intensives and will soon study with the NW Dance Project in Portland. Continue reading Choreographer Maia Schechter’s critically acclaimed “Now Elsewhere” to be featured at the Kennedy Center

GRIT-X talks showcase experiences of outstanding faculty and alumni “from outer space to inner space”

Nine distinguished faculty and alumni shared their stories at GRIT-X, a TED talk-style event during UMBC’s Homecoming that took listeners “from outer space to inner space, from a makerspace to the classroom, from black holes in the universe to a pacemaker for the brain.” Continue reading GRIT-X talks showcase experiences of outstanding faculty and alumni “from outer space to inner space”

UMBC announces largest-ever group of Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity

UMBC’s newest Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity will soon begin a two-year experience focused on growing their research and refining their teaching skills through professional development opportunities and working closely with faculty mentors. Continue reading UMBC announces largest-ever group of Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity

Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day celebrates 20 years of remarkable student work

The University Center Ballroom was humming on Wednesday, April 27, with the voices of hundreds of UMBC students presenting their research and creative work to proud long-time supporters and curious first-time visitors alike. Continue reading Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day celebrates 20 years of remarkable student work

Baltimore Dance Project (2/5 – 2/7)

On February 5, 6 and 7, Baltimore Dance Project returns to UMBC for its 31st year, featuring choreography by Dance faculty Carol Hess and Doug Hamby, and performances by Sandra Lacy and the company, with guest artists Adrienne Clancy, Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, and Matthew Cumbie. All performances will be held at 8 pm in the Proscenium Theatre in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building. Carol Hess presents a new evocative work for five women, and Lightfield, a multimedia event that fuses choreography with a mix of both live and recorded video manipulated by dancers interacting with an onstage Kinect camera. Doug Hamby presents Red Wings of Desire, … Continue reading Baltimore Dance Project (2/5 – 2/7)

Liz Walton, Dance, in Washington Post and New York Times

Two articles — which included interviews with Liz Walton, dance –were featured in the Washington Post and New York Times last week. The pieces, focused predominately around the history, success and upcoming reunion of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, featured discussions with Paul Taylor alumni, including Liz Walton on her involvement in the company during the 1950’s and 60’s. Read the interviews, “A family reunion with the Paul Taylor Dance Company” and “Institutional Memory Onstage: Paul Taylor Alumni Return for 60th Anniversary Celebration” Continue reading Liz Walton, Dance, in Washington Post and New York Times

Arbutus Patch Highlights Upcoming Baltimore Dance Project Performances

This week the Arbutus Patch highlighted Baltimore Dance Project’s upcoming 30th anniversary performances as the first concerts to be held in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building Theatre. The article also mentions UMBC Dance faculty and company directors, Carol Hess and Doug Hamby, as well as dances to be performed by UMBC Department of Dance Instructor and Baltimore Dance Project principle dancer, Sandra Lacy. Read “Dance Performances to Celebrate Baltimore Dance Project Anniversary”. Baltimore Dance Project is a dance company that focuses on visually stunning and complex inter-disciplinary and collaborative works. Performances will be held February 7-9 at 8pm each … Continue reading Arbutus Patch Highlights Upcoming Baltimore Dance Project Performances

Angel Chinn, Dance ’08, Catches The Attention of The Gazette

Angel Chinn, Dance ’08, was featured in The Gazette this month when the newly formed dance company, NonaLee Dance Theatre, was slated to perform an adventurous, site-specific program at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier. In the article, Angel Chinn speaks about her switch from competitive running and studying education, to pursuing a degree in dance at UMBC with an honesty and openness that is mirrored in her performance which featured movements about life questions, faith and hope. The NonaLee Dance Theatre, created and directed by Angel Chinn was developed in 2011, with the intention of striving to give dancers with … Continue reading Angel Chinn, Dance ’08, Catches The Attention of The Gazette

Dance Piece by Josephine Kalema ’13, Dance, Performed in D.C. in July

Josephine Kalema, a senior dance major, will have her piece Past, Present, and Future performed at the Washington, D.C. performance space Dance Place as part of the  annual New Release Choreographer’s Showcase this coming July. It will feature dancers Arnesha Reives, Jonique Holcomb, Alexis Renee, Candice Grace, and Jasmynn Speight, and  mixes traditional and modern African dance. Kalema dedicates Past, Present, and Future to her Ugandan family, as well as “every culture that has gone through life changing barriers,” according to Dance Place’s website. The dates for the New Release Choreographer’s Showcase are July 7th at 8 p.m., and July 8th at … Continue reading Dance Piece by Josephine Kalema ’13, Dance, Performed in D.C. in July