School of Dance
Strong technique, intensive theory, performance opportunities -- if you want it all, Mason's School of Dance is the place. Conservatory training in a liberal arts setting comes with a rigorous curriculum of studio and theoretical study enhanced by master classes. The guest artist residency program features emerging and renowned choreographers. At Mason, dance students train as professionals and enjoy life as a college student.
Number of full-time faculty. The School also calls on up to 12 more dance specialists.
Approximate number of student applicants from outside Virginia.
Number of studios in the Donald and Nancy de Laski Performing Arts building
Freshman dance majors accepted each year
Number of annual concerts at such venues as the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Harris Theatre, and the Hylton Performing Arts Center.
Free tickets are available for all Mason students for every performance in the Concert Hall.
World-class Faculty and Facilities
School of Dance faculty know what it takes to be professional dancers because they've been there.
Students will learn from former members of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, the Mark Morris Dance Group, the White Oak Dance Project, The Washington Ballet, New York City Ballet, Battleworks, the Limon Company, and the companies of Paul Taylor, Jacqulyn Buglisi and Tania Perez-Salas.
Dancers train and perform in professional-level facilities in the Donald and Nancy de Laski Performing Arts Building, which has five spacious studios, a conditioning lab, a treatment room with an athletic trainer, locker rooms and stages.
There is also a completely equipped performance lab, and a full range of digital video equipment.
Student performances are supported by a costumer with a professional shop near the studios and by professional theater technicians.
Proximity to D.C.
Easy access to Washington, D.C. offers dancers two advantages: they can get their fill of urban life and the arts; and it's a frequent tour stop for national and international dance companies. Dance students have been invited to master classes at such venues as The Kennedy Center.
Not only can students see performances in the metro area, but even better, professional companies often perform on campus and direct master classes, give lectures and conduct discussions. Companies such as Hubbard Street Dance, Doug Varone, Momix, Aterballetto, Martha Graham Dance Company, Complexions Dance Company, Parsons Dance, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, RIOULT and Mark Morris Dance Group perform at Mason.