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The Blue & Gray Press | May 25, 2018

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UMW Dance clubs deserve to be recognized by sports communities

April 27, 2017 |


There has been a debate over what category dance falls under for years. The general public as a form of art, or as a physical activity, but never as a sport has typically viewed dance. While many dance classes are held in gym studios (UMW even boasts its own Zumba dance fitness program), why is there hesitation to refer to dance as a sport?Read More

Student faculty dance concert combines hip hop, contemporary and Bollywood

April 13, 2017 |


The whispers of the audience hushed as four ghostly figures took their place on the dark stage. The lights on the stage came on and the four figures became four women dressed in flowing white gowns. They walked staggered from the front of the stage to the back of the stage, swishing their gowns with occasional instances of performative writhing pain. Then the music began and the women performed a contemporary dance piece.Read More

Performing Arts Club’s Big Show is a colorful success

April 3, 2013 |

You will find big talent everywhere you look at the University of Mary Washington, and last weekend the Performing Arts Club (PAC) gave a performance that was no exception.Read More

Original Student Dance Numbers Shine at ‘Eugenius’

November 28, 2012 |

It was a busy weekend for the Performing Arts Club, as they put on their Fall Big Show. PAC performed the show, entitled “Eugenius,” twice; once Friday, Nov. 16th, and again on Sunday, Nov. 18.Read More

Dance Show a Diverse Display

March 28, 2012 |

After this weekend’s show, no one could ever accuse the Faculty Student Dance Show of not taking modern risk with dance themes and costumes. The show took place on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday March 25 in Dodd Auditorium and … Read More

Big Show Hosts Student Choreography

March 28, 2012 |


The University of Mary Washington’s Performing Arts Club, better known as PAC, will be showcasing a dance show featuring student-choreographed pieces from hip-hop to ballet this weekend. The show will open on Saturday, March 31 at … Read More

Bhangra Dance Competition Comes to UMW

November 30, 2011 |

By the end of the 7th Annual Bhangra Beat competition held on Nov. 19, I was tired. Why? Because Bhangra is the kind of dance style that you can’t watch without being exhausted yourself.

Everybody is smiling and bouncing … Read More

‘Tis the Season to Dance at UMW

November 16, 2011 |


The University of Mary Washington is home to an array of various dance groups on campus. From the cultural dance of Bhangra seen in India to traditional forms of ballet, you name it, UMW students showcases them … Read More

Happy Hour With Hurley

October 5, 2011 |

Nothing’s worse than throwing back a few cocktails, looking around, and seeing all your professors in one room.

Worse, is realizing you’re not dreaming. This is real life. This is an inauguration ball. But, when Katy Perry was performed by … Read More

PAC Big Show Debuts Saturday in Dodd

March 31, 2011 |


This weekend could prove to be the biggest fundraiser yet for the student-run Performing Arts Club as the co-ed group gears up for the PAC Big Show this Saturday.

This year’s Big Show theme is “Painted Dreams,” … Read More

Alter egos step to it

February 16, 2011 |


An alter ego is defined as the opposite side of a personality. It’s also the name of the UMW step team.Read More

Student Dance Show PACs A Punch

December 3, 2009 |

The Performing Arts Club presented their Fall Big Show on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 22 at 2:00 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium. Although the pamphlet made no mention of the title’s origin, the show, titled “Eugenius,” … Read More

Steppin’, stompin

February 12, 2009 |


With over 400 people cheering them on, eight high schools and three fraternities stepped, clapped and danced in unison either to recorded music, without music, or simply to the rhythm of their own chants.

High school … Read More

UMW Theater Performs William Finn’s ‘Elegies’

October 2, 2008 |


The University of Mary Washington Theater and Dance department opened their first production of the year with “Elegies, a song cycle” by William Finn. It is  a 2-week long show from Sept. 25-Oct. 5, performed in the … Read More