The dance department in the University of Maryland's School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies has taken me out of my comfort zone, taught me about myself, and pushed me to grow. The faculty are not only incredible teachers, but also great people and role models. Being in this artistic community encourages a sense of comfort, trust, motivation, and expression. TDPS has shown me what art is, why it's important, and what I can accomplish if I am truly invested.
—Chelsea Brown, Dance Major
What I appreciate most about TDPS is itsencouragement for students to be innovative. Many of us have written and created our own shows and projects, and even shared them outside of the department. With the guidance and support of our faculty, we are able to address various topics that interest us individually and work as true artists.
—Vaughn Midder, Theatre Major
Prior to coming to UMD, my movement experience was based mostly in hip-hop. Thanks to the faculty and my peers in TDPS, I've expanded my movement vocabulary and become a more well-rounded dancer. The knowledge and availability of the faculty is comforting as I prepare to transition from the studios of the Center, to the stages of the world.
—Cristina Comacho, Dance Major