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.


2016 C.A.S.T. Awards Winners

Presented at the annual
April 24, 2016


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.

2016-2017 MainStage

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