Expanding dance across communities, cultures and contexts

Duke's Master of Fine Arts in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis encourages students to pursue practice-based research interventions that make tangible contributions to society at large.  MFA students enroll in graduate course work outside of the arts and work closely with Duke faculty advisors and faculty from allied disciplines across the expanse of the campus to design and implement their research action. Through a graduate experience that is uniquely Duke, MFA program prepares artists to contribute interdisciplinary embodied knowledge within ever-expanding fields of arts production.

Lee Edwards

The best of a world-class liberal arts research university

The MFA in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis is a 2-year, full-time terminal degree in dance that was launched in 2019.

We guide students through practice-based, interdisciplinary research in the service of society. We don't just encourage substantial study in related disciplines. We require it.

In addition to training alongside our acclaimed dance faculty, our students take advantage of Duke's outstanding graduate programs in the humanities, area studies, public policy and elsewhere—all to create projects that use dance as a lens for exploring the human experience.