The Sarah Lawrence graduate program in Dance is based on the premise that the art of dance is an integration of body, mind, and spirit learned through creative, technical, and analytical practices. Our goal is to present our students with an inclusive curriculum that exposes them to vital aspects of the art as performers, creators, and scholars.
Graduate Seminars I, II, and III form the heart of the program: Seminar I is dedicated to reading, writing, and research; Seminar II, to choreographic inquiry; and Seminar III emphasizes the dynamic relationship between technical and creative practices. Each of these seminars meets four semesters. We require graduate students to maintain a daily physical practice chosen from offerings in contemporary practices, classical ballet, Yoga, Feldenkrais: Awareness Through Movement®, studies in African and other world dance, as well as improvisation and composition. All students study experiential anatomy based in the work of Irene Dowd, dance history, lighting design and stagecraft, and music for dancers. We highly recommend “Teaching Conference,” a course based in practice, for students who are interested in dance education. Those students teach classes for the college community in the Campbell Sports Center and in local elementary schools for additional practice in developing their teaching skills.
Graduate students show original work each semester in the winter and spring concerts and present final projects in the MFA concert during the last semester of their two-year course of studies. We encourage the exploration of solo and group forms. Students meet individually with their advisers on a regular basis to discuss their overall objectives and progress. They are encouraged to study broadly, widen their definitions of dance/performance, and engage in explorations of form and function.
Frequent guest artists and lecturers are invited to the campus, some in conjunction with the Theatre, Music, and Visual Arts Programs. Proximity to New York City allows students to attend world-class dance events throughout the school year.