Graduate Degree Program
College: Arts and Humanities
The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies offers a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance, encompassing choreography, performance, dance and technology, scholarly research, and pedagogy. Emphasizing creative work and collaboration with TDPS MFA candidates in Lighting, Set, Costume and Media/Projection Design, the program is grounded in rigorous academic study and offers a transformational education to those who are curious, motivated, self-directed and possess a spirit of expansive inquiry and innovation. The program is designed to give outstanding students advanced training, experience in teaching, and opportunities for creative growth. For more information visit the MFA in Dance website at http://tdps.umd.edu/programs/mfa-dance or the School website at http://tdps.umd.edu.
Aimed primarily at modern or contemporary dancers with a high skill level and background in creating and performing at a professional level, opportunities abound in the creation of cross-disciplinary projects, presenting choreography in formal and informal settings throughout the three years, performing in guest artist and faculty works, presenting academic work at conferences and symposia, and participating in community-based performance and scholarly events.
The degree culminates with a thesis: an original choreographed and performed creative project and a written thesis. The third year also includes an off-campus internship with a professional arts organization, research venue, agency, company, or school.
The competencies that students learn during the program will allow them to teach a broad range of dance and dance-related subjects after they graduate. They will be able to produce and present dance in a number of contexts and modalities, on campus, in professional and site-specific venues, and in the community.
We wish our graduates to exhibit a high degree of insight into the cultural contexts in which dance has developed in the past and continues to develop today.
Students are expected to spend a significant amount of time learning about technical aspects of dance as well as promotion and house management and the myriad of other organizational details that go into producing a dance performance. They will be actively involved in the practical application of this knowledge as part of their training.
The program is highly selective (four students per year) and auditions are required. The MFA is a full-time three-year program. Financial support is available for each student selected.
Four candidates are admitted each Fall, and each of the four are offered financial support through teaching assistantship appointments, or if available, fellowships. Assistantships are never guaranteed and funding can change year to year. All qualified applicants may be nominated for Graduate School fellowships; the deadline for all applications is posted on the TPDS website annually. For more information, visit http://tdps.umd.edu or call 301-405-6694.
Graduate Director of MFA in Dance
School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
1925 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland
8270 Alumni Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Coordinator of Graduate Services
School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies
2809 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland
8270 Alumni Drive
University of Maryland
College Park MD, 20742
• Statement of Purpose
• TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)
- Letters of Recommendation (3)
- Sample of Work: A 10-15 minute video, providing example of applicant’s choreography with a description to include name of the work, performers and other choreographers, either on the applicant’s professional website or through a Vimeo/YouTube link entered into the Multimedia Requirements section of the application
Applicants should have a strong undergraduate preparation in technique and dance composition. They should have completed the following undergraduate courses or their equivalent: improvisation, kinesiology, dance teaching methods, dance production, Laban Movement Analysis, and two semesters of dance history or one semester of history and one of dance philosophy, ethnology or aesthetics. Undergraduate deficiencies will be considered on an individual basis.
For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website: www.gradschool.umd.edu/admissions
|Type of Applicant||Fall Deadline|
|US Citizens and Permanent Residents||1 Feb (extended)|
|F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A, E, G, H, I and L visas and immigrants||1 Feb (extended)|
Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at http://tdps.umd.edu/programs/mfa-dance
The location of the campus, eight miles away from Washington D.C., places the School a half hour away from America’s arts district where one may study and enjoy a wide variety of offerings of ballet, modern and world dance. Washington D.C. is also a center for policy and participation in the public discourse about the arts.
|Last Name||First/Middle Name||Graduate Faculty Status||Academic Credentials||Positions|
|Davis||Crystal||Full Member||B.A., Emory University, 2000; M.F.A., Texas Woman's University, 2003; M.F.A., New York University, 2004||Assistant Professor, Dance |
|Fang||Adriane||Full Member||M.F.A. Dance, George Mason University, 2009; B.A. Dance/Psychology, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, 1996.NYC: Wally Cardona, Gwen Welliver, Ronald K. Brown, Christian Canciani, Kevin Wynn, Jackie Villamil, Jan Miller, Cherylyn Lavagnino||Assistant Professor, Dance |
|Jackson||Paul D.||Associate||B.A., University of Utah, 1976; M.A., Ohio State University, 1980||Lecturer, Dance |
|Keefe||Maura||Full Member||University of California, RiversidePhD, Dance history and theory 2002Dissertation:Talking Dancing: The Choreography of Space and Character in Contemporary U.S. Dance.Smith College, Northampton, MA MFA in choreography and performance, Dance 1992William Smith College, Geneva, NY BA with Honors in Dance and English 1985||Associate Professor, Dance |
|Mayes||Alvin||Adjunct Member||BS in Mathematics, University of Michigan 1969, Teaching certification 1970. Modern dance Elizabeth Bergmann and Gloria Newman. Choreography with Gloria Newman and Phyllis Lamhut.Partnering and support with Antony Tudor and Gloria Newman.||Lecturer, Dance |
|Pearson||Sara||Full Member||BA, Music/Dance, University of Minnesota, 1971; Nikolais Louis Dance Lab 1973-74 Alexander Technique/Somatic Training, Regina Wray, Ann Rodiger, Judith Blackstone 1976-96)||Associate Professor, Dance |
|Widrig||Patrik||Full Member||BA, Education, Pädagogische Hochschule Rorschach, Switzerland 1981); Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab, New York City 1984-87); Alexander Technique/Somatic Training, Regina Wray, Ann Rodiger 1986-96)||Associate Professor, Dance |