To support, encourage, and promote the art of dance at the University of Mary Washington

Our History

The first endeavor of the Friends of Dance in 1993, was to establish two endowed scholarships named for former Mary Washington College dance professors, Claudia Moore Read and Sonja Dragomanovic Haydar. In addition to scholarships, we work to provide creative outlets for current University of Mary Washington students and work to bridge dance in the Greater Fredericksburg community.


Friends of Dance established two endowed scholarships in 1993 named for former Mary Washington College dance professors. The dance scholarships are currently awarded annually at the fall Performing Arts Club concert to UMW students who meet the criteria in the art of dance. 
More about the scholarships and how to apply >


We sponsor numerous events to engage students and the community through master classes and concerts featuring guest artists.  Many of these events also give students the opportunity to share their choreography, skill, and creativity.
View our upcoming events >



The dance community at Mary Washington College fostered creativity and artistic growth through movement and dance education. Current students and faculty at the University of Mary Washington continue to develop artistic creativity in dance and showcase performances throughout the year.
View our galleries of dance at Mary Washington >

Performing Arts Club (PAC)

Friends of Dance is proud to support the The University of Mary Washington’s Performing Arts Club.  Fondly abbreviated PAC, the Performing Arts Club is the largest student-run, student-funded dance club on campus.
Learn more about PAC >


Dance Organizations, Departments, and Clubs At UMW

 Many dance students perform with multiple dance groups across campus throughout the school year.
Learn more about each dance club and the Department of Theatre & Dance below:
UMW Department of Theatre and Dance
University of Mary Washington Dance Company
UMW Performing Arts Club
UMW Dance Team
Eagle Bhangra
UMW Breakers
UMW Swing Dance Club
Alter Egos Step Team
Praise Dance Ministry
Enigma Colorguard
UMW Cheerleading


UMW Arts4Community

The Friends of Dance at UMW are proud to support the UMW Arts for the Community campaign that strives to promote and unite the arts on campus and in the Fredericksburg community.