Faculty & Instructors

carolCarol Hess
Professor, Chair

PAHB 344 // 410-455-2951


Carol was born in New York City where she trained as a dancer and received her BA from Barnard College. She has performed with Hannah Kahn and Dancers, The Rondo Dance Theater, DANCES/Janet Soares, and as a tap soloist she appeared on television and in concerts in the United States and York, she received a MA from Columbia University, where she studied dance composition from Robert Ellis Dunn. Dunn’s approach to developing and manipulating movement has had a profound effect on her work as a choreographer. Her choreography has been presented in New York at the Cubiculo, Dance Theater Workshop, the Grand Finale, and Dance Workshop in Bonn, and the Flora Theater in Amsterdam. She has been Artistic Director of Oregon Dance Theater and Phoenix Repertory Dance Company. Changing Room, a work for video created in collaboration with video artist Vin Grabill and composer Neal Woodson, has been featured on the Innovators Series, Artscape 1995, and on Maryland Public Television’s Independent Eye, an associate professor of dance, and chair of the dance department, she has taught at UMBC since 1982. Prof. Hess teaches Intermediate Contemporary (Modern) Technique, Dance and Technology, Dance Composition and Teaching Methods for Dance.


Ann Sofie Clemmensen
Assistant Professor

PAHB 347 // 410-455-2952


Ann Sofie Clemmensen was born and raised in Denmark. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Art at the Norwegian College of Dance, received a first-class honor post-graduate degree from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) and completed her MFA in Dance at The Ohio State University. She has worked collaboratively with various choreographers and visual artists, such as Henri Oguike, Darshan Singh-Bhuller, Wendy Houstoun, Francesco Scavetta, Sølvi Edvardsen, Tatiana Baganova and others. Her stage and film work has been featured both nationally and internationally, including Beijing, China and Puebla, Mexico. “Ann Sofie Clemmensen’s work is consistently intelligent, structurally designed, a treat for the audience and for the bodies moving through it” (by Fenella Kennedy.) Clemmensen previously taught at Ohio State University, Department of Dance, and worked professionally as a dancer and teacher in Europe.


Shaness Kemp
Assistant Professor

PAHB 349 // 410-455-2952


Shaness Kemp is a native of Nassau, Bahamas and holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from Temple University. She is a certified Umfundalai teacher and has taught at various institutions, festivals and intensives. She has trained with several notable artists and professional dance companies, including Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Kariamu &Company: Traditions, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Eleone Dance Theatre, Philadanco! The Philadelphia Dance Company, Urban Bush Women, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Rennie Harris Puremovement, The Katherine Dunham Seminar and The American Dance Festival. She was the 2015-2016 recipient of the Ellen Forman Memorial Award and her work has been presented nationally and internationally. Shaness was an original member of the Clothesline Muse Theatre production and performed at its premiere at the Painted Bride in Philadelphia in 2014.


In_Motion-20120505-1236_000Sandra Lacy

PAHB 348 // 410-455-2980


Sandra is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dancing in London. She has performed with the Maryland Ballet, Impetus Dance Company, Path Dance Company, Phoenix Repertory Dance Company, James Hansen’s Assemblage Dance Company and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane and Company. Currently Ms. Lacyis Co-Artistic Director of Lacy & Shade, Solo Duet Dance Works. Recent performances of Lacy & Shade include the Maryland Showcase for Choreographers, the Yes Virginia Dance Festival in Richmond, the Out of the Loop Theater Festival in Addison, Texas, The Toronto Fringe Festival and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Ms. Lacy is a recipient of six Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards in solo dance performance, including a 2006 award. She is a member of the dance faculty at UMBC and the Baltimore School for the Arts. Prof. Lacy teaches all levels of Ballet and Contemporary (Modern) Technique, Beyond Technique, Improvisation, Dance Workshop, and mentors advanced student choreography projects.


Doug Hamby
Associate Professor Emeritus


Doug has a BS in Biological Sciences Michigan State University and an MFA in Dance Temple University. He lives, dances and choreographs in the Washington/Baltimore area. He is the artistic director of Doug Hamby Dance, a professional dance company in residence at UMBC. The repertory of the company features works that spring from collaborations with dancers, composers, visual artists, engineers and other creative people. He received a 1999 Individual Artist Award in Choreography from the Maryland Arts Council and a 1999 Choreographic Fellowship in Dance and Media from the Arts Council of Montgomery County, as well as choreography awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Arts Council and the Baltimore Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Arts and Culture. Featured performances of his company have included the 1998 New York Fringe Festival, the 1997 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and the 1995 International Fringe Festivals in Edinburgh, Scotland and Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as Riverside Dance Festival, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, and Celebrate Brooklyn, New York City, and three seasons at Dance Place, Washington, D.C. Earlier, he directed the Douglas Hamby Dance Company in New York City, and performed with Martha Graham, May O’Donnell, Rachael Lambert, Elizabeth Keen, Pearl Lang, Norman Walker, UMBC’s Phoenix Dance Company, Hamby and Lacy, and the Chicago Moving Company. He is currently a dance panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council. Mr. Hamby has appeared on national television as a giant slice of American cheese. Prof. Hamby teaches all levels of Contemporary (Modern) Dance Technique, Improvisation, Dance Composition, Dance Workshop, and Senior Projects.


Part-Time Instructors:

Alison Crosby (Ballet, Floor-Barre) – acrosby@umbc.edu

Monica Dale (Music for Dance) – mdale@umbc.edu

Constance Dinapoli (Contemporary) – cdinapo@umbc.edu

Franki Graham (Contemporary, Teaching Methods for Dance) – franki1@umbc.edu

Jill Vasbinder (Dance Appreciation, Dance History) – vjill@umbc.edu

Dominique Zeltzman (Ideas in the Arts) – dzeltzm1@umbc.edu