Fall 2019 applications will be accepted beginning in September 2018. Deadline: Feb. 2019 

Please contact Prof. Michael Klien,, with admissions inquiries.

Application to the MFA in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis is a two-part process, consisting of 1) the Graduate School Application and 2) Portfolio Submission. Please be certain to submit both the application and portfolio simultaneously as your application cannot be reviewed until both are received and are complete. Information and guidelines are below. 


The Master of Fine Arts in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis is 2-year, 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 encourages practice-based, interdisciplinary research that result in tangible contributions to culture at large. 

The MFA in Dance attracts 1) professional artists intending to contextualize, extend and enrich their practice, 2) those aspiring to change their career with a specific interest in dance, and 3) recent graduates who wish to pursue a graduate degree. The Program is open to students with expertise in all forms of movement practice from any culture or geographical area. The MFA aims to develop and broaden an interdisciplinary perspective through substantial coursework in related disciplines chosen from Duke's many outstanding graduate programs. During the first summer term, MFA students will also participate and contribute to the collaborative work with the American Dance Festival (ADF). 

Each applicant must submit a two to four-page written research proposal outlining their anticipated 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). Applications are submitted electronically via the program's Slideroom portal, while the general Duke Graduate School application is submitted via Apply Yourself. 

Contact Director of MFA: Michael Klien,

Applications processed beginning September, 2018 - February 2019

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