Spring Dance Concerts at UMW

As spring finally begins to bloom on campus, many dance students continue to put the finishing touches on their dances for upcoming performances. Between the students, dance professors, alumni, and Fredericksburg dance community, UMW has plenty to offer in Dodd Auditorium in the next few months.

Faculty and Student Dance Concert

April 11-12, Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm
Tickets: $10 general, $3 students, available at the door
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The Faculty and Student Dance Concert features choreography by dance professors Roxann Rowley and Beverly Mendez, Jess Bergess of RVA Dance Collective, Next Reflex Dance Company (Northern, VA), Dance Matrix Dance Company (Fredericksburg, VA), UMW alumni, and current students. Compiled by Mendez and Rowley, the dances presented in this concert are selected by demonstration of artistry and a commitment to the dance community in Fredericksburg and Virginia. Each of the dances choreographed by current students were selected from a preliminary student showing in Dodd at the end of February or at the American College Dance Festival at the beginning of March, were then critiqued and improved upon, and are final presentations of these works. 

Performing Arts Club (PAC) Spring Big Show

April 18-19, Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm
Tickets: $5 general, $3 with student ID, available at the door
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The Performing Arts Club presents the final of four dance concerts for the 2014-2015 academic year. This semester, each dance is choreographed by students or alumni of the club, and features a variety of styles including tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop. PAC is run by students, for students, and focuses on the growth and creativity of dance within the student body. The organization was founded by dance students after the discontinuation of the dance major at MWC in the '90s, and is the largest body of dancers on the UMW campus.

Ballet and Beyond II

June 6, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $15, available at Fredericksburg Visitors Center, Dancer's Wardrobe, Avery Ballet
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In June of 2012, Avery Ballet, Dance Matrix Dance Company, and the Friends of Dance at UMW supported a dance concert, Ballet and Beyond, in Dodd Auditorium. This performance brought the Fredericksburg dance community together for an evening of dance, and in June of 2015 will bring a broader variety of dance and music to the stage. This year's performance will feature the Beth Elliott Dance Group, Jenn Ruhl Kubilus and the J. Dance Kollective, Kori Terrell, Melissa Morneault, and Avery Ballet, in addition to other performers, and will also celebrate local musicians Sophie Horn, Robyn Bauer, and Riana Chann. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the dance scholarships, awarded each fall to current UMW dance students, presented by the Friends of Dance.