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Dorothy Madden Dance Scholarship

Scholarship History

Alumni and friends of the Department of Dance established the Dorothy Madden Dance Scholarship in April 2003 to support dance students in the College of Arts and Humanities. This fund was established in honor of Dorothy Madden, the university’s first Professor Emerita of Dance.

Donor Statement

Dr. Dorothy Madden founder and first chair of the Department of Dance at the University of Maryland, was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshsire. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College, her Master of Arts from Syracuse University and her PhD from New York University. She studied dance in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Tokyo and London, and danced in Washington with several companies including The Chamber Dance Group, Children's Dance Theatre and the companies of Pola Nirenska and Ethel Butler.

In 1950, Dorothy Madden came to College Park as the only dance instructor in the Department of Health and Physical Education. In 1957 a major in dance was added, and ten years later, the program boasted sixteen dance majors and an even larger number of minors.

Believing strongly that dance belonged with the other arts, Dr. Madden presented her views to the College of Arts and Sciences, and in 1967 the Department of Dance was established. Dr. Madden resigned as chair in 1972, and Meriam Rosen was named acting chair.

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