six degree program goals below detail departmental expectations for graduate-level scholastic growth in the areas of performance, creativity, dance studies,
pedagogy, cross- and interdisciplinary research, and leadership in the field.
- Refine conservatory training in contemporary,
classical, world dance, and somatics to cultivate greater interpretive skills for
professional artistic presentation as well as train toward an advanced level of
- Develop multiple performance opportunities including independent faculty and globally based guest artist works, and opportunities
as interpreters for choreographic thesis projects.
- Acquire comprehensive skills in improvisational and
choreographic strategies to strengthen advanced choice-making in the creative
process and research.
- Develop a praxis of integrated theoretical frameworks
and studio projects that develop a range of cross- and interdisciplinary
creative processes and research methods.
- Build firm scaffolding of critical thinking and
writing skills through theoretical coursework.
- Establish a comprehensive range of dance studies
competencies including philosophy, aesthetics, history, and technology as they
intersect with creativity and performance.
- Develop and refine a knowledge and understanding of
critical dance pedagogy that becomes the foundation for excellence in
- Acquire advanced competency in creating course
materials such as syllabi and multiple forms for assessment and measurement
supporting pedagogical accountability and reinforcing student self-management
and regulation in the classroom.
- Apply historical, cultural, and critical pedagogical
frameworks to studio technical, performance, and creative practices, as well as academic coursework.
Cross- and Interdisciplinary
- Understand and value both cross- and interdisciplinary
modes of research that integrate dance with other artistic, humanities, and/or science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
- Develop and refine theoretical and artistic
vocabularies and methods for advanced creative process and research in cross-
and interdisciplinary artistic works.
- Create a final thesis project that fulfills a mature
artistic vision for cutting-edge cross- and interdisciplinary creative work.
Leadership in the Field
- Acquire advanced communication skills through a firm
foundation of assignments and personal assessments that require both oral and written
- Develop advanced technological literacy through
coursework to support transformative teaching and research excellence in chosen
areas of study.
- Understand the scope of dance as a field with multiple
pathways to success toward entering the professional field ready to lead and
advocate for a clear set of dance values and beliefs.