Master of Fine Arts in Dance

GW Dance MFA

Contemporary dancers from around the globe can continue their education without missing a beat. GW’s internationally recognized Department of Theatre and Dance now offers a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Dance for mid-career instructors, performers and choreographers. This innovative program combines residency and distance learning to enhance the careers of professionals worldwide. Students refine their individual style, technique and repertoire while networking among the larger international dance community.

Program Highlights
Fieldwork, directed independent study, and rigorous seminar work are at the core of this innovative 60-credit, 18-month program. Components include:

  • An initial eight-week residency
  • Two semesters of supervised distance education
  • Virtual and on-site studio experience
  • Intensive one-on-one student/faculty collaboration
  • Completion of a performance portfolio
Students are assigned teacher-mentors specific to their area of concentration. Collectively, the faculty offers more than 50 years of experience, bringing creative research and administrative expertise to the program. Students also partner with recognized artists and art professionals from the diplomatic community, and prestigious organizations like the Smithsonian Institute. These unique opportunities can only be found at GW, thanks to a location in the heart of Washington, D.C.


The Power of Creative Expression

In a video conversation with Columbian College Dean Ben Vinson, Dana Tai Soon Burgess, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, discussed his upcoming endeavors, art-as-diplomacy and the future of the arts at GW.

Professor Honored at Mayor’s Arts Awards

GW Professor of Dance Maida Withers was honored with a special recognition award at the 29th annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Ceremony for her work as the founder and artistic director of a dance company that bears her name.

2014-2015 MainStage Performances

At the core of the department's educational training are a wide variety of co-curricular performances and other special events. Many of these performances are open to the general public.

CAST Awards 2014

Students take home department awards, such as the Paul Parady Award for outstanding contribution to the department and its various production activities, and the Kevin Peter Hall Award for a graduating senior who plans to enter the acting profession.

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