George Mason University School of Dance

George Mason University School of Dance Strong dance technique, intensive theory, guest artist residencies, abundant performance opportunities – these are the trademarks of our degree.
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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.

Today was a bittersweet day as we said farewell to our longtime School of Dance family member Kimberly Harris who will b...
03/21/2019

Today was a bittersweet day as we said farewell to our longtime School of Dance family member Kimberly Harris who will be starting a new job! We wish Kim luck on her next endeavor, but we will miss seeing her smile first thing in the morning.

Congratulations to seniors Julia Cipriani and Olivia Link for having your pieces showcased in the final gala at ACDA Mid...
03/14/2019

Congratulations to seniors Julia Cipriani and Olivia Link for having your pieces showcased in the final gala at ACDA Mid-Atlantic South Conference! Out of the numerous pieces that are performed, only ten are picked to perform again in the gala at the end of the conference. We are so proud of our choreographers and dancers for doing such fantastic work!

Our dancers worked with Professor Owens, a Mason Music Professor, to discuss the work of Phillip Glass whose work featur...
03/08/2019

Our dancers worked with Professor Owens, a Mason Music Professor, to discuss the work of Phillip Glass whose work features minimalism and highlights the simplicity of music. Our dancers will be performing to one of his pieces in our upcoming gala, choreographed by Lucinda Childs

03/05/2019

Spring break is rapidly approaching! Before we know it our dancers will be dancing their heart’s out for Gala!



Photo by: Tim Coburn

Our master class with Mark Morris Dance Company and the wonderful performances we saw was the best way to end the week!
03/04/2019

Our master class with Mark Morris Dance Company and the wonderful performances we saw was the best way to end the week!

With our annual dance Gala just around the corner, our dancers have been rehearsing non stop to perform three breathtaki...
02/24/2019

With our annual dance Gala just around the corner, our dancers have been rehearsing non stop to perform three breathtaking works. We look forward to sharing this experience with all of you!

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul” - Martha Graham
02/21/2019

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul” - Martha Graham

Nothing worth having comes easy, our dancers work tirelessly to achieve their goals.
02/19/2019

Nothing worth having comes easy, our dancers work tirelessly to achieve their goals.

Happy National Crease day! A day our director, Susan Shields holds dearly!
02/11/2019

Happy National Crease day! A day our director, Susan Shields holds dearly!

02/07/2019

Calling all Alumni from the past 5 years! Here is your opportunity to express your experience with us at Mason. Time to reminisce on all the good times shared with class mates, late nights spent in the studio and inside jokes with faculty. Keep an eye out for an Email from Mason and fill out an important survey!

Our dancers are always making connections! Because of our close proximity to DC, a group of Senior Dance Majors were abl...
02/04/2019

Our dancers are always making connections! Because of our close proximity to DC, a group of Senior Dance Majors were able to take company class Dance Place from various companies around the DMV area!

And just like that, we are done with our auditions for the class of 2023!
02/03/2019

And just like that, we are done with our auditions for the class of 2023!

We’re lucky to be sweating in the studio all day instead of shivering outside!
01/31/2019

We’re lucky to be sweating in the studio all day instead of shivering outside!

01/28/2019

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.



Choreo by alumni Robert Rubama

Thank you Momix for the magnificent master class!
01/26/2019

Thank you Momix for the magnificent master class!

First week back has our dancers completely sore!
01/25/2019

First week back has our dancers completely sore!

Only a few days away until we start second semester!•••Photo by: Tim Coburn
01/19/2019

Only a few days away until we start second semester!



Photo by: Tim Coburn

Had a blast at our New York audition this past weekend!
01/15/2019

Had a blast at our New York audition this past weekend!

It’s a new year which means new resolutions and goals to set. Comment below your New Years resolutions!•••Pictur...
01/08/2019

It’s a new year which means new resolutions and goals to set. Comment below your New Years resolutions!



Picture by: Tim Coburn

01/07/2019

Here’s a recap of our 2018 winter concert! Looking forward to new and thrilling work in 2019!



Choreography by: Sarah Zucchero @Donyae Bush Madeline Burr Madison Tate Brott McKenna Joyce Cowen Joey Castillo Kalyan Sayre Quinn Kelley

Excited for the new year to bring in new creativity, choreography, and collective collaboration!
01/01/2019

Excited for the new year to bring in new creativity, choreography, and collective collaboration!

12/28/2018

Anticipation for the new year has us dancing in circles!



Choreography by: Madison Tate Brott
Dancers: Olivia Link Jovick Pavajeau Kalyan Sayre Madi Long

Strong technique in every style is key to a versatile dancer. Our dancers are well rounded because of their continuous t...
12/19/2018

Strong technique in every style is key to a versatile dancer. Our dancers are well rounded because of their continuous training in all styles of dance.

12/18/2018

Fall semester has ended, but our dance majors are ready to dance this winter break! Check us out throughout the break to see where our dancers venture to, to keep learning!
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Music: "Bloodflood" by Alt-J

Missed Dance Innovations? Then tune in to watch Studio Series tomorrow 6pm and/or 8pm! Just click on the link below at t...
12/11/2018

Missed Dance Innovations? Then tune in to watch Studio Series tomorrow 6pm and/or 8pm! Just click on the link below at those times and watch away!

http://masoncablenetwork.com/live/

Alabama School of the Arts sporting their new Mason tattoos!
12/10/2018

Alabama School of the Arts sporting their new Mason tattoos!

Pick up your tickets and come see an evenings worth of spectacular dancing in Harris Theater at 8pm!
12/07/2018

Pick up your tickets and come see an evenings worth of spectacular dancing in Harris Theater at 8pm!

It’s opening night!!!•Can’t see it tonight? No worries! You still have two more chances to catch this spectacular ...
12/07/2018

It’s opening night!!!

Can’t see it tonight? No worries! You still have two more chances to catch this spectacular show!

Don’t have your ticket yet? Don’t stress, it’s not too late to buy a ticket for you and a friend at the box office...
12/05/2018

Don’t have your ticket yet? Don’t stress, it’s not too late to buy a ticket for you and a friend at the box office!



Picture by: Sarah Gowdy

Our December concert is this weekend and our dancers are already in the theater preparing for another incredible perform...
12/04/2018

Our December concert is this weekend and our dancers are already in the theater preparing for another incredible performance. Get your tickets for Winter Dance innovations at the box office!

Our second show of the year is coming up! Be sure to get your tickets soon!
11/29/2018

Our second show of the year is coming up! Be sure to get your tickets soon!

We’re back and getting ready for our next show!
11/26/2018

We’re back and getting ready for our next show!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Mason Dance Company!
11/22/2018

Happy Thanksgiving from the Mason Dance Company!

11/22/2018

It might be Thanksgiving break but we are already excited for our next show!



Dancers: Veronica Roni Kulik Olivia Link Thomas Downey Sarah Gowdy Erin Cervelli Amelia Stork Michala Conroy Ana Maria Icaza Quinn Kelley @Mason Owens

Our second residency is well underway! Here are a couple of pictures of our majors in rehearsal!
11/17/2018

Our second residency is well underway! Here are a couple of pictures of our majors in rehearsal!

At Mason, our dancers never hold back, they dance with strength and confidence.
11/12/2018

At Mason, our dancers never hold back, they dance with strength and confidence.

Last chance to see Fall New Dances tonight @8! Trust us this is a concert you won’t want to miss!!! Tickets can be pur...
11/10/2018

Last chance to see Fall New Dances tonight @8! Trust us this is a concert you won’t want to miss!!! Tickets can be purchased at the box office

One show down, three more to go! Congratulations to the performers and choreographers on a successful opening night!
11/09/2018

One show down, three more to go! Congratulations to the performers and choreographers on a successful opening night!

It’s opening night!!! Time to show off all the hard work our dancers have put into this concert! Still don’t have yo...
11/09/2018

It’s opening night!!! Time to show off all the hard work our dancers have put into this concert! Still don’t have your tickets? It’s not too late! tickets can be purchased at the box office!

11/07/2018
Marcella Robertson

Catch alum, Jordan Daugherty, on WUSA 9 tomorrow to see how she is an impacting the lives of others through dance!
https://www.facebook.com/robertsonmarcella/videos/264456751083320/

SNEAK PEEK: Here's a look at tomorrow's 'Our Neighborhood Heroes' segment. Jordan Daugherty is a teacher in DC. She stays after school twice a week to teach these young girls ballet. WUSA 9 Center City Public Charter Schools Center City PCS- Petworth

11/06/2018

It’s show week! Do you have you tickets yet? If not, it’s not too late! Tickets can be purchased at the center for the arts box office and are only $10!



Dancers: Angela Shipley Ariel Goussak Isaiah Cavallero Paige Honbarrier

11/05/2018
Importance of Auditoning

Only at Mason does professor Christopher d'Amboise share his auditioning experience, insights, and expertise with our dance majors!
https://youtu.be/QGcMHTloCdU

Heritage professor Christopher d'Amboise discusses the importance of auditions, and why our dancers have so many opportunities to practice them.

Let the countdown begin!!!Only 7 more days until opening night of Fall New Dances! You can purchase your tickets at the ...
11/01/2018

Let the countdown begin!!!Only 7 more days until opening night of Fall New Dances! You can purchase your tickets at the George Mason University's Center for the Arts box office.

Address

4400 University Drive, MS 3D4
Fairfax, VA
22030

General information

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.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(703) 993-1114

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