The Master of Fine Arts in Dance Program in the Performing Arts Department at Washington University offers an innovative approach to dance technique, composition, improvisation and production. It involves an energetic interplay of studio work with professionally distinguished dance instructors, seminars with faculty who are experts in their fields and independent studies in choreography. This two-year program will expand your dance skills while engaging you with current concepts of dance as an art form, as an expression of culture and identity, and as a mode of critical thinking.
The overarching goal of this program is to develop each student's personal artistic practice while encountering a global perspective on dance studies, performance, pedagogy, and choreography.
Members of our dance faculty have performed with such companies as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Jane Comfort & Company, Thomas-Ortiz Dance, Utah Repertory Dance Theatre and Broadway tours. The department also has a vibrant semi-professional resident dance company, WUDance Collective, with which students have opportunities to perform. The Performing Arts Department has a long history of engaging the talents of contemporary guest artists who bring new perspectives on processes, concepts, and choreography to our students.