Program Overview

Welcome to the MFA in Dance program overview. We offer a 60-credit, three-year, fulltime MFA degree in Performance and Choreography for the Teaching Artist.  The program is small (four students are accepted each year), and individualized. Auditions are required and admission is for Fall semester acceptance only.

The degree process culminates in an original choreographed and performed thesis project and includes an off-campus internship with opportunities to work with a professional company, to engage with presenting organizations or to intern at the Kennedy Center, Dance Place, Dance Exchange, or other professional venues in the Washington DC area.

Opportunities for K-12 teaching certification, and Certification in Laban Movement Studies (the CMA), are available, along with professional performance work in dance.

Coursework includes:

DANC600 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Dance
DANC604 Dance Pedogogy
DANC608 Choreography I
DANC611 Dance Technology & Media
DANC647 Movement Practice
DANC648/649  Advanced Modern Dance Technique I and II
DANC 698 Independent Study in Dance
DANC708 Collaborative Work
DANC719 Choreographic Project
DANC766 Movement Observation and Analysis
DANC679 Grad Dance Performance
DANC777 Internship in Dance
DANC784 Dance in Global Context
DANC788 Graduate Tutoria
DANC799 Master Thesis Project

MFA Dance students are also able to take electives in other areas including theatre courses, such as Alexander Technique, Voice, Performance Studies.

 

Faculty

Program News

Congratulations to Dance major Emily Ames on receiving a Maryland Summer Scholars Award from the UMD College of Arts & Humanities!

It is with enormous pleasure that we share the appointment of a new Assistant Professor of Dance, Crystal U. Davis to the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, beginning in the fall of 2017.

Last month, TDPS welcomed back Drew Barker (MA Theatre and Performance Studies ’13) as the new Performing Arts Librarian at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library (MSPAL).