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New Master’s of Fine Arts Degree Designed for Dance Professionals


George Washington University’s Department of Theatre and Dance (TRDA) will offer a new master’s of fine arts degree for mid-career dancers, performers, choreographers, and other dance professionals beginning the summer of 2011.

The program will promote exploration and integration of the latest developments in the dance field while developing professional relationships with the larger international dance community.

“As dancers and choreographers, we have limited time to build a career. Receiving more education should not slow the process, it should enhance it,” says Dana Tai Soon Burgess, chair of GW’s theatre and dance department. Burgess also is the choreographer and director of DTSB & Co., a Washington, DC, Asian American dance company. “Dance is a fundamental form of communication which bridges cultural differences, and we look to this new program as a way to enhance global dialogue between artists.”

The program is designed for highly skilled, practicing professionals with extensive dance experience and will incorporate individualized distance and on-site learning. The 18-month program will include an initial eight-week residency at GW, two semesters of supervised distance learning for artists working full-time domestically or internationally, and completion of a performance portfolio submitted electronically. Each student will work one-on-one with a GW TRDA faculty member to develop the portfolio.

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to work with specialists in the areas of dance curating, management, and advocacy from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, and the National Endowment.

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