The Department of Dance comprises artists, scholars, and educators who train dancers on the graduate level for a wide variety of careers in the arts as choreographers, performers, teachers, and leaders in the dance field. The students in the highly selective programs excel not only in the studio and on stage, but also as critical thinkers and writers.
The graduate program offers students the opportunity to earn an MFA in Dance, an MA in Dance or an MA in Dance with New York State PreK-12 dance teacher certification. The department has some of the best dance facilities in the country, including its own fully equipped 300-seat proscenium dance theater, a 270-seat large-space studio theater, five studios, a body-conditioning lab, health pool, and computerized music and design studios.
Faculty and professional staff are nationally and internationally recognized in their areas of expertise and are leaders in professional organizations such as CORD, NASD and NDEO.
The modern dance-centered program includes a variety of approaches to modern dance, as well as studio courses in ballet, contact improvisation and partnering, tap, African dance and drumming, and Irish dance. Students explore the areas of choreography, dance history and theory, teaching methodologies, somatics, and movement analysis.
While at The College at Brockport, graduate students may perform in faculty and guest artist work, choreograph their own work or assist in directing departmental touring performances. They may travel to regional/national conferences and festivals; to countries with departmental foreign study programs such as Ghana, England, Australia and Jamaica; or to New York and other locations for approved and credited apprenticeships or dance study.
Upon completion of their degrees, Brockport graduate students go on to become college and university faculty; preK-12 teachers; performers and choreographers; and dance administrators and private studio directors.
Additional Information for Graduate Students
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A maximum total of 12 transfer credits are evaluated by the Department of Dance as follows:
Note: Decisions concerning any of these options are made through transcript evaluation, the audition/interview process, portfolio and/or examination.
OTHER AREA DANCE OPPORTUNITIES: participation in company performances and/or classes is by invitation of their directors (i.e., Garth Fagan Dance, Rochester City Ballet, Drumcliffe School of Irish Dance, Present Tense Dance, Geomantics Dance Theater, BioDance, Company K. Reagan, FuturPointe Dance, Bill Evans Dance Company, James Hansen Dance, Mariah Maloney Dance, Park Avenue Dance Company and other area dance companies)
Any student whose GPA falls below 3.0 is subject to review for retention in the program. All work must be completed within five years of the date of matriculation for the degree to be awarded.
Information on the graduate dance program can be obtained from:
Mariah Maloney, Graduate Dance Program Director
Department of Dance
The College at Brockport
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420
Telephone: (585) 395-2493
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