UCI Dance is seeking dynamic dancers who want to pursue their M.F.A. in Dance

Application deadline is December 1, 2022, with auditions hosted on February 10, 2023

Are you looking to take the next step in your dance career? Do you want a degree that will open doors? You know that dance matters, and you want to keep moving ahead.

Consider pursuing an M.F.A. degree in the Department of Dance at the University of California, Irvine, to secure your future in the dance world. You can expand your creativity and your potential for job security while finding fresh choreographic inspiration, presenting your work onstage, and exploring other aspects of dance from various perspectives.

The University of California, Irvine, has funding for dynamic M.F.A. candidates with a significant dance background and a curiosity to learn more. Support is offered to most M.F.A. in Dance candidates, along with opportunities to work with one of the most talented undergraduate pools of dancers anywhere. Available financial aid for the two-year program comes in the form of fee fellowships, non-resident tuition fellowships, and employment as teaching associates and graduate student researchers.

Recent UC Irvine M.F.A.s have entered diverse job markets, securing college faculty positions or jobs at private studios and conservatories, starting their own dance companies, working with new movement software, deciding to pursue dance Ph.D.s or further health and wellness certificates and degrees; and increasing their opportunities for freelance choreographing with newly strengthened dance “brands” and creative skills.

In their two years of study, M.F.A. students take various classroom and studio courses, with attention to connecting the mind and the body, expanding their dance literacy and toolbox of skills. In addition to studio techniques, courses include choreography, dance analysis, musical resources, the teaching of dance, Kinesiology, research methods, dance technology, seminar in dance history, and critical issues in dance. Ideally, you will choose a thesis topic that expands a burning question, something you are passionate about. Your research may include interviews, improvisation, teaching, dance science experiments, choreographic explorations, as well as traditional searches for written history and context for your topic. You may present a thesis concert, lecture demonstration, or video project or design an experiment related to dancer wellness. Your thesis proposal is developed in the first year, with a written component and a performance option due at the end of the second year.

We seek a diverse, enthusiastic pool of applicants with a substantial background in any style of dance and a passion for learning. Applications for admission to the M.F.A in September 2023 are due by December 01, 2022. Applicants must audition for the program in person, although in select cases, a video and Zoom audition is possible upon request. The audition date is Friday, February 10, 2023. Qualified applicants will be invited to the audition no later than January 13, 2023.

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Posted Date: 
November 15, 2022