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MFA in Dance
Dropping Embodied Knowledge Since 2019

Duke University Dance Program

The Duke University Dance Program focuses on dance as an integral part of the human experience and a medium for rigorous intellectual creativity. Our program prepares exceptionally aware, creative and socially responsible individuals. Our aim is to engage students in the profound potential for dance as embodied knowledge in the service of society. The Dance Program curriculum is designed to encourage the exploration of dance from interdisciplinary perspectives: historical, cultural, aesthetic, literary, technological, musical, scientific and creative.

Undergraduate Program

Offering a major and minor, our provides unique opportunities to encounter global dance traditions and movement experimentation for discovery, inquiry and discourse. The curriculum is designed to suit the interests of students with varied levels of experience in dance, encouraging them in multi- and inter-disciplinary engagements.

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Featured Courses

Wesley Williams

Introduction to African dance styles and related rhythmic structures from selected countries such as Guinea, Senegal, Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire. Taught in the context of their social, occupational,… read more about African Dance Technique I »


Increased complexity of movement sequences and greater emphasis on clarity of expression and quality of performance. Prerequisite: Dance 110 or equivalent dance training. Prerequisite: Dance 111 or… read more about Intermediate Modern Dance »

Dance 462 Spring 2021 image, "amendment" poster

SPRING 2022 - DANCE 462: PERFORMANCE Thursdays 1:45 - 4:15; Graduate Students are invited to enroll in this class as an independent study (through Bass connection) Amendment In times of a burning… read more about Performance: Interdisciplinary - Time Slips Community Engagement »

Graduate Program

The Master of Fine Arts in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis is a 2-year, full-time terminal degree in Dance. The program endorses dance as a politically, socially and spiritually transformative force in society. The MFA encourages practice-based, interdisciplinary research that has the potential to result in tangible contributions to society at large.

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