The mission of the graduate program in dance is to provide an affordable, flexible, rigorous and unique model that capitalizes on the richness and diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area dance community. Through the lens of a liberal arts curriculum, the MFA will educate the whole dance artist, concentrating on four areas of focus: Theoretical, Somatics, Creative Practice and Production. The nature of the program is student-centered, hinging on peer collaboration, faculty mentoring, and student-driven projects.
The values of our program are shaped around the quest for truth, authenticity of living, and the building of a community where sensitivity, social justice, and global awareness are at the core. Dance artists are the newest members of the global arena, imitating, creating, and challenging what society has to offer. The graduate programs in dance seek to foster self-discovery and promote an understanding of dance as a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary practice in which the body of the performer(s), the movement of the choreographer(s), the scenery, the costumes, and the lighting create a cohesive world for dance.
The MFA in Dance offers a supportive community encircled by the rich Bay Area dance scene. The faculty at Saint Mary’s College approach dance from a holistic model. We integrate mind, body, and spirit in a nurturing and positive atmosphere. We recognize that the global dance community thrives on innovation and complexity. The program hosts an outstanding permanent faculty and numerous distinguished guest faculty, including Bill Evans, Doug Nielsen, and Randee Paufve.