UMD's dance program has a remodeling plan that has already
received a generous pledge from TCF Bank. The effort will renovate a
large area beneath the Marshall Performing Arts Center lobby. Rebecca
Katz Harwood, assistant professor of dance and musical theater, has taken
a planning role for a new dance studio, which will include a sprung floor
to reduce the risk of injuries to dancers along with other necessities such
as mirrors, barres, and high ceilings.
The space recently opened up when the Department of Music
moved its instrumental ensembles rehearsal area to another building.
Katz Harwood, her colleagues, and students are hopeful they can raise
$100,000 to complete the project. They are counting on university friends
and arts patrons to join TCF Bank.
A native Duluthian, Katz Harwood teaches dance along with
Professor Ann Bergeron and Assistant Adjunct Professors Lila Ann Coates
White and Kelly Grussendorf. The love of dance instilled by her early
participation with the Duluth Ballet took her to the Tisch School of the
Arts at New York University, where she earned her graduate degree in
Katz Harwood is passionate about fostering a love of physical
expression in students who minor in dance and those who take dance
classes. The program offers studio classes in ballet, jazz, tap, modern,
and dance composition, as well as dance appreciation and dance history.
Students have the opportunity to participate in one dance concert and
one musical each year. In addition, the UMD Attitudes Student Dance
Association has a membership of over 200 students and produces one
show a year.
Just as an artist needs a canvas on which to paint, a dancer needs a
space in which to move. Katz Harwood hopes to make the dance space a
reality – with a little help from UMD's friends.
**Picture Description: Jacob Hermann and Emily Braff '11 perform in the 2010 Bare Bones Dance Concert, which was choreographed by Banff.**