The School of Dance at Mason is increasingly acknowledged as one of the premier institutions offering professional preparation for a career in dance as a performer, teacher, creative artist or administrator. Rigorous conservatory training combined with a liberal arts education also provides the foundation for continuing education in law, business, education or medical field.
Mission: The School of Dance is committed to providing its majors the best environment for artistic, intellectual and educational growth. Our standard of excellence, beginning with the highly selective audition process, encourages our majors to fulfill their professional potential. We teach a comprehensive dance curriculum with an emphasis on rigorous modern dance and ballet technical preparation which serves as the foundation for our students' participation as active members of the dance community. As emerging artists, our majors contribute to the cultural vitality of the university and the region by performing their own original choreography and that of master choreographers. The school is also committed to providing all university undergraduates with a wide range of classes in concert and world dance forms. Central to this mission is the desire to foster a deeper understanding of dance as a global medium of artistic expression.
The program offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree focused on modern dance performance and choreography, and also offers preparation for teacher licensure. The curriculum includes daily study of modern and ballet, four semesters of choreography, anatomy and kinesiology for dancers, somatic studies, dance history, teaching, theater production, and Senior Synthesis. Majors have frequent opportunities to perform and create work. Elective classes in African and Afro-Cuban, jazz and tap further enrich major's study of dance.
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