The Friends of Dance is an alumni organization who is devoted to the life of dance at UMW. In 1993, the Friends of Dance began awarding scholarships to dance students at Mary Washington College. Within five years of their inception, the two scholarships were endowed and continue to annually reward worthy students at the University of Mary Washington. The Friends named the scholarships to honor two dance professors, Claudia Moore Read, and Sonja Dragomanovic Haydar, who helped to form the dance department at the college, now a university. In 2017 another scholarship was endowed and named for two founders of the group, Vicky Nichols Wilder '80 and Florence Overley Ridderhof '50.