College of Fine Arts and Communication

Department of Dance


Inertia 2014 ~ Open Call to TU Alumni, Students & Faculty

This is a call for submissions for this year’s performance of Inertia at Towson University with the Department of dance. We welcome Alumni, Faculty and Students to participate in this incredible experience. Be creative, think outside the box and come move with all your peers.

Students will need a mentor however there are no grades attached to this performance. Just come as yourself!

Dates are: Tech Oct. 18/19th During the day
Dress Rehearsals in the evenings: Oct. 21st and 22nd
Invited Dress: Oct. 23rd
Shows: Oct. 24th and 25th (2 shows on Sat.)

If you are interested in applying please contact Rebecca Wolf at for more info and a submission form.

Inertia 2014 Technical Spec. Sheet (Word)


Ailey II Returns to Towson University

The Department of Dance will present Ailey II with master classes, lectures and a performance by the Ailey II dance company. Ailey II merges the spirit and energy of the country's best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today's most outstanding emerging choreographers, and has become one of the most popular dance companies in the United States. All proceeds benefit the Towson University Foundation.

Performances will be in Stephens Hall Theatre on Saturday, September 15 at 2:00pm and 7:30 p.m. Click here to visit the Box Office for more details. Learn more about this exciting partnership from Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrel, Assistant Professor, in this short video.

TU Dance Faculty & Staff Cofound Dance Festival, AKIMBO

Nicole Martinell, Dance Faculty, and Sidney Pink, Dance Administrative Coordinator, have cofounded a dance festival in Baltimore called AKIMBO. AKIMBO features over 15 Baltimore-based professional dance companies and movement artists from traditional to experimental, plus musicians and visual artists. For more information visit

TU Student Performs at ACDF Gala Concert

The American College Dance Festival Association exists to support and affirm dance in higher education through regional conferences, the adjudication process, and national festivals. At the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Conference Maggie Kudirka, a TU Undergraduate Student was honored to perform a solo work at the Gala Concert. Click here to watch a video of her performance.


Angola with Mestre Cobra Mansa at Towson University

This is a short documentary of a workshop Mestre Cobra Mansa gave at Towson University May 2012. This assignment highlights Mestre Cobras life, what Capoeira is, the Black Resistance Movement, and Kilombo Tenode - Premaculture and Capoeira Angola.

Catherine Horta-hayden Elected President-Elect of CORPS de Ballet

Catherine Horta-Hayden has been elected as President-Elect of CORPS de Ballet and the 2015 International Conference. For more information about the Corps de Ballet visit:


Lara Friedman Wins 2011 Golden Key Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship

Lara Friedman, Towson University Dance major has been selected as the winner of the 2011 Golden Key Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship, a $5,000 USD award.


Vincent Thomas Awarded Faculty Member of the Year

(May 30, 2012) - Vincent Thomas was awarded the Towson University Student Government Association Faculty Member of the Year Award for 2011-2012. The awards ceremony was held in the West Village Commons Ballroom.


Dance Company's Kennedy Center Debut

(April 26, 2012) Towson University Dance Company's Kennedy Center debut was on April 24, 2012. Students performed a mixed repertory program. Click here to see a video of the performance.


Doctor of Humane Letters Degree to Dance Legend

(Jan. 15, 2012) - Judith Jamison was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters during the 147th Commencement of Towson University held Sunday, Jan. 8 in the Towson Center. Judith Jamison is an undisputed legend of our time, and celebrated worldwide as a dancer, choreographer, artistic director, educator, author and cultural ambassador.
Click here to read more about Judith.

Shodekeh, Department of Dance Accompanist, was awarded the Baker Artist Prize of $25,000

Shodekeh was selected by a jury of national experts to receive the 2011 Mary Sawyers Baker awards along with two other local artists. Each artist will receive $25,000 and be featured in an exhibition at The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) from September 7 – October 2, 2011.

Click here for more about The Baker Artist Award Winners

Click here for more information about Shodekeh


Deep Vision Dance Company Launches Partnership with Towson University Community Dance

On April 29, 2011 a viscerally stimulating evening of work was presented designed to evoke emotion and arouse curiosity. UNCOVER featured new work by Nicole Martinell, Dance Department Adjunct Faculty, and four collaborative works. Guest artists and collaborators included the Towson University Youth Ensemble, Jason Baker and Shodekeh (composers), Ron Santana (videographer), and Rebecca Wolf (sculptor). Click here for more information about Deep Vision Dance Company

Deep Vision Dance Company has been accepted to perform at the Dance Place New Choreographers Release Showcase

A collection of adjudicated works by established and emerging choreographers from throughout the DC, Maryland and Virginia region on July 2nd and July 3rd, 2011. Towson University Company members Jeanna Riscigno and Lara Friedman will be representing the Deep Vision Dance Company in Flirt & Fizzle. Click here for more information about Deep Vision Dance Company


Vincent Thomas and Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell Awarded
Individual Artist Awards

On January 28, 2011 the Maryland State Arts Council announced the recipients of their FY 2011 Individual Artist Awards. Vincent Thomas was awarded a $3000 award for Choreography and Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell was awarded $6000 for Solo Dance Performance.

Click here for more information about Dance Faculty member, Vincent Thomas
Click here for more information about Dance Faculty member, Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell


Partnership with Johns Hopkins at Green Spring Station

A special partnership is being developed for our Dance Majors and Faculty Research in Dance Science and Somatics including work by Nancy Romita, Nicole Martinell (BS in Kinesiology and CMA in training, MFA), Sandra Perez (CMA, MA), Jaye Knutson(CMA, MA), Malcolm Shute (CMA, MFA.) Physical Therapy with Johns Hopkins at Green Spring Station has developed a performing arts physical therapy program. In collaboration with a Hopkins physicians, the collaboration offers comprehensive physical therapy evaluations, onsite seminars and workshops, pre-pointe assessments, and pre-season injury screenings. The other therapist and Dr. May have professional dance experience and have trained with CPYB, Boston Ballet, and the Rock School to name a few.


Susan Mann, Professor of Dance, Coordinates “Surviving and Thriving Together” Residency

October 2010, The Department of Dance hosted a series of lectures and presentation looking at the economic survival of ballet as a performing art. Click here for more information about Susan Mann


Sidney Pink Published in New York Times Magazine

Sidney Pink (Ryan Mahon), Department of Dance Administrative Assistant, was commissioned to create an illustration for an article in The New York Times Magazine. It appeared as an insert in the New York Times paper on Sunday, December 19, 2010. Click here for more information about Sidney Pink


Rebecca Wolf Hired as Associate Production Manager for Jacob’s Pillow

Rebecca Wolf, Production Coordinator and Lighting Designer for the Department of Dance, was chosen to work as Associate Production Manager for Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts summer 2011. This famous historical presenting house of traditional and contemporary American Dance theatrical art will allow Ms. Wolf to bring back some great stories and new techniques for our students to integrate into their production knowledge and skills.


Children’s Dance Division grows into Community Dance

Candice Webster, Education Director of Towson University Community Dance, leads the way as
the 30 Year old Children’s Dance Division is expanding to match the department’s vision for “Dancing for a Lifetime” with adult classes and preparation for college dance major programs. Click here for more information about TU Community Dance programs


Towson University Department of Dance Receives President’s Diversity Award

President Robert Caret has awarded the Towson University Department of Dance as the first academic department to receive President’s Diversity Award, presented during the 2011 Multicultural Conference. “Your department’s commitment to advancing diversity has provided a significant contribution to the university’s ability to foster a greater awareness and understanding of diversity as well as a welcoming campus environment that enhances the experiences of all members of the Towson University community," said President Robert Caret.


Department of Dance
Center for the Arts, Room 1002
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2760
Fax: 410-704-3752

Ballerina and dancers spotlight

Come to the Stephens Hall Theatre on September 20, 2014 and see the critically-acclaimed Alvin Ailey dancers in Ailey II under the artistic direction of Troy Powell.



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