College of Fine Arts and Communication

Department of Dance


Alumni and friends are encouraged to stay involved and keep in touch with the Dance Department.

The alumni advisory board meets regularly and plans events. For more information, contact Susan Leslie Mann, professor of dance,, 410-704- 2290.

In the fifteen year period between 1994 and 2009, 83% of dance department alumni found jobs teaching dance, performing, or working in dance administration. In spite of the recent recession, our graduates continue to successfully pursue careers in dance.

Virtually all of our K-12 graduates who decide to teach find jobs working in public institutions. In 2012, Rebecca Morgan (S01) was directing more than 500 students at Elite Dance Studio in Silverspring, the school; she opened in 2006; Danny Gillard (S05) was performing in Braunschweig, Germany; Maura (Pierannunzio) Herrera (S06) was in London studying at the R.A.D. Masters of Teaching Dance Program; May Hardy (07) had just finished her MFA in Dance Performance/Teaching at SUNY Purchase; Samantha Harvey (08) was performing with the Rockettes; Heather Zampier (09) was directing the Dance Academy of Severna Park; and Rebecca Hayden (F10) was working with Youth America Grand Prix, an international ballet competition.

Alumni News

Kuhl-McClelland Among Howie Award Honorees

Brooke Kuhl-McClelland's career has earned her one of the four Howie Awards handed out at the 15th annual "Celebration of the Arts in Howard County" on Saturday, March 24, 2012in the Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center at Howard Community College. Click here to read more about Brooke and her award.

Danny Gillard Performs in Braunschweig, Germany.
Click here to watch a video of Danny Gillard performing in Braunschweig, Germany.

Julia Folts got married to Andy Harbold on April 21, 2012
Candice Musselman was her Maid of Honor and Jillian Barber was a bridesmaid!
Click here
to see some photos from the celebration.

Caitlin Foley on 11 News with her Fifth-graders
Caitlin Foley received her K-12 state teaching certificate in dance at Towson University in January 2012 after completing a teaching internship in the Fall of 2011. See here working with baltimore area fifth-grade students who are getting a taste of ballroom dancing, as 11 News reporter Jennifer Franciotti explains! Watch the video here.

Christine Cox: Actress, Dancer & Entrepreneur

Baltimore County native and Towson graduate Christine Cox planned on being a dance teacher when she studied dance performance and education at Towson. Now not even 10 years later she is the owner of three small businesses, two of which have become New York City’s premier children’s entertainment party providers for New York City’s elite. Christine’s powerful networking skills and intelligence turned her dancing skills into a small empire. Read More

Maureen (Berry) Gately (S97): Maureen is the recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council's 2009 Individual Artist Award in Choreography.  It is the top prize from the Council and is worth $6,000. Maureen has toured w/ Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble since 1997 as a principal dancer and soloist in Europe and throughout the U.S.  She is currently a part-time dancer with the company.  She was the Asst. Artistic Director to “SoleMates” with Step Afrika! & “The Crossing” with Tim O’Brien from 2002-2004.  Maureen has been directing her own Teelin Irish Dance Company since 2000.   She started the Teelin School of Irish Dance when she received her T.C.R.G. certification in F’00.   The Teelin School has expanded to Columbia, Timonium, and Millersville and has an enrollment of  350 students. Maureen is an accomplished Irish musician and a World-Class Irish Dancer who competed many times in the World class level in Ireland. In August of 2008, Maureen married her fiancée, Scott. (4/07) Maurren's contact information is as follows: or or




Department of Dance
Center for the Arts, Room 1002
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2760
Fax: 410-704-3752

Susan Leslie Mann

"Alumni return each year to perform, set work, and advise seniors in the best practices for entering and surviving a myriad of dance careers. Internships are possible with area alumni as well as national/regional arts organizations."

Susan Leslie Mann




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