Mission Statement


In celebration of our 20th year as an organization of the University of Mary Washington, we are releasing a updated mission statement!

The mission of the Friends of Dance at the University of Mary Washington is to support, encourage, and promote the art of dance at the university.  The first endeavor of the Friends of Dance in 1993, was to establish two endowed scholarships named for former Mary Washington College dance professors, Claudia Moore Read and Sonja Dragomanovic Haydar.

Current endeavors include:

– annually awarding the endowed dance scholarships at the fall concert to UMW students who meet the criteria in the art of dance

-engaging the surrounding community by providing dance master classes and concerts featuring guest artists

-continuing to increase the endowed funds in order to provide more student scholarships