The Dance Department resides in UMBC’s new Performing Arts and Humanities Building, which opened in Fall 2014. This new facility has two large dance studios (the Dance Cube and the Dance Technology Studio), a small warm-up studio, and provides dressing rooms, showers and lockers. The department also has a third large dance studio (Studio 317) in the Fine Arts Building. Each studio is equipped with sprung floors and a sound system. Students also have access to the new Sonic Computer Lab for editing sound and video or working with interactive performance technology.
The Dance Cube (3500 sq. ft) has two glass walls with a view of Baltimore, a basket-weave sprung floor, and retractable risers that allow the space to be converted into a performance venue seating approximately 100 people. It is fully equipped with state of the art lighting and AV systems. The First Works Concert (fall and spring), the Senior Concert (fall and spring) and the Spring Dance Showcase are presented in this space.
The Dance Technology Studio (2400 sq. ft.) has a basket-weave sprung floor, flexible theatrical lighting, an AV system with surround sound, a large cyclorama and a green screen for video shoots. It is used for dance classes, rehearsals, and projects involving internet streaming, multimedia, and other innovative technologies.
The Sonic Computer Lab is a 15-seat Mac computer lab shared by the Dance, Music and Theatre departments. Students use the lab for computer-based courses, and also have access to the facility to work on independent projects involving sound, video and interactivity. The lab is adjacent to the Dance Technology Studio.
The Warm Up Studio (300 sq.ft) has a sprung floor and AV System. The space is used primarily for faculty class preparation and small group rehearsals.
Studio 317 (3500 sq.ft.) is in the Fine Arts Building. It has a Gerstung sprung floor, lots of natural light, and is equipped with a basic dance light plot and sound system. It is used for classes and rehearsals.
The Proscenium Theatre is a state-of-the-art proscenium theatre, complete with fly space, that seats 250. The Department’s Fall Dance Showcase and Baltimore Dance Project Concerts are presented in this beautiful space each year.