Situated within a nationally ranked research university just 45 minutes from New York City, the Dance Department seeks to cultivate a diverse and inclusive community of dance artists of the highest caliber who are collaborative and multidimensional in their view and knowledge of the dance field internationally. Through comprehensive, innovative, student-centered curricula, Dance at Mason Gross fosters excellence at the intersection of dance performance, creative achievement, and research inquiry. The Dance Department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).
Our department often works with and invites guest artists and scholars to participate in performances, master classes, and guest lectures. Past guests have included Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Camille A. Brown, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Ohad Naharin, Batsheva Company (Israel), Olivier Tarpaga (Burkina Faso), Pavel Zuštiak (Slovakia), Bereishit Dance Company (South Korea), Trisha Brown Dance Company, Germaine Acogny (Senegal), Vertigo Dance Company (Israel), Dr. Claudia Jeschke (Austria), Dr. Rosemary Candelario, Eiko Otake (Japan), and Dr. Katherine Profeta.
The Dance Department collaborates with numerous organizations, both on and off campus, to broaden and diversify the dance experience for students, including: Accademia dell’Arte, American College Dance Festival Association, Dance Education Laboratory at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center, DanceJerusalem, Dance New Jersey, Dance Studies Association, National Association of Schools of Dance, National Dance Education Organization, and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.
The Dance Department offers the following undergraduate dance programs outside of the bachelor of fine arts:
In partnership with the School of Graduate Studies, the Dance Department offers the following graduate dance programs for the master of education:
- BFA/EdM Five-Year Program: Bachelor of fine arts in dance and master of education in dance studies
- EdM Dance Education Post-Baccalaureate Program: Master of education in dance studies with certification in dance education
- EdM Professional Teacher Advancement Program: Master of education in dance studies