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Master of Fine Arts in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis

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Director of Graduate Studies
MFA in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis
Duke University
Duke Dance Program
2020 Campus Drive
Rubenstein Arts Center Suite 209
Box 90686
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: 919-660.3354


General Information

Degree offered:
MFA in Dance
Faculty working with students:
14 (7 per matriculating class)
Students receiving Financial Aid:
Part time study available:
Test required:
Application Deadlines

Program Description

The Master of Fine Arts in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis is a 2-year, six semester full-time terminal degree in Dance dedicated to embodied knowledge and practice-led movement discourses. The program endorses dance as a politically, socially and spiritually transformative force in society and engages students at the vanguard of contemporary dance culture and praxis. The MFA in Dance encourages practice-based, interdisciplinary research expected to result in tangible contributions to culture and society at large.

Open to all students with expertise in all forms of movement practice from any culture or geographical area, the MFA requires substantial study in related disciplines chosen from Duke’s many outstanding graduate programs. During the first summer term, MFA students will also contribute to the American Dance Festival (ADF), the official partner of the program. The MFA in Dance hopes to attract professional artists wishing to contextualize and extend their practice, career changers with a specific interest in dance and recent graduates as well.

Other Requirements

Applicants must submit a written research proposal (2-4 pages), outlining their proposed area of study, a statement of purpose detailing their practice and relationship to dance and/or choreography as well as supporting material evidencing existing artistic practice (if relevant). The Duke Graduate School application is submitted via Apply Yourself.

For a more detailed description of application requirements, please visit the program website at

Spring Application