“For over ten years, I have sent our students to the White Mountain Summer Dance Festival. I am always amazed by their growth as dancers and the maturity of these young artists when they return after three weeks of training and involvement in the program.”
—Daniel Lewis, Former Dean of Dance, New World School of the Arts
Now celebrating its 38th year, White Mountain Summer Dance Festival offers three weeks of intensive dance training and is now offering the opportunity to earn 3 college credits through UMass Amherst. We are excited to be relocating to the campus of The University of Massachusetts Amherst, a 1,450-acre campus nestled in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts; one of the most picturesque areas of Massachusetts.
WMSDF is an exploration of movement and creativity for students, educators, and anyone looking to enrich and deepen his or her understanding of the moving body and the creative process. Under Artistic Director Laura Glenn, WMSDF offers an internationally recognized innovative and comprehensive approach that combines specialized training, personal attention, and hands-on instruction. Nine faculty members work together to present a cohesive curriculum with more than 12 hours of instruction daily. All classes are taught by gifted educators committed to helping participants reach their maximum potential in dance and movement artistry. It is a program that supports breakthroughs in technique, creativity, and life. Enrollment is limited to 40 resident participants to ensure a four-to-one student-to-faculty ratio.
Artistic Director & Founder
Laura Glenn is a senior faculty member at the Juilliard School, her alma mater, where she has taught for the last 30 years. She also directs and produces the Ted Hershey Dance and Music Marathon in Hartford, CT, which will be celebrating its 18th anniversary. As director of her own dance company, WORKS/Laura Glenn Dance, she has created more than 35 works and is recognized internationally as a performer, choreographer, and teacher. She has also taught at Marymount Manhattan and Teacher’s College, the Alvin Ailey School, Lincoln Center Institute, and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies, and she is a Certified Movement Analyst.
Over the last 30 years, Laura has received fellowships from the NEA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and Roberts and Dance Magazine foundations. Her professional experience includes touring extensively with teaching programs, presenting her own solo program, dancing as a soloist with the Limón Company (11 years), and staging Limón works in addition to the touring of her own company. As the artistic director of White Mountain Summer Dance Festival, Laura Glenn nurtured its growth for 32 years.
WORKS/Laura Glenn Dance is known for its performing and teaching residencies throughout the United States and Europe, including major festivals in Holland, London, Paris, and New York. W/LGD has performed in New York City at the Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, St. Mark’s Church, and for the National Performance Network. W/LGD has been awarded grants from the NEA, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst is the Flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, located in a lovely New England town 175 miles northeast of New York City and 90 miles west of Boston. As the flagship campus of America’s education state, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the leader of the public higher education system of the Commonwealth, making a profound, transformative impact to the common good. Founded in 1863, UMass is the largest public research university in New England, distinguished by the excellence and breadth of our academic, research and community outreach programs. UMass Amherst ranks 29th among the nation’s top public universities, moving up 11 spots in the past two years in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual college guide.
Amherst, Massachusetts is the blend of New England charm and cosmopolitan culture and energy – that’s why it’s been named one of the “top college towns in North America.” The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.
As a large, bustling university in the heart of a small town, UMass Amherst has the best of both worlds, and summer is the best time to visit.