Why Dance at Mason?

You know why you dance — it's who you are. Mason is the place to become the best you can be.

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20
Dance majors selected for each freshmen class
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75%
Percentage of out-of-state students within the School of Dance
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7
Public Performances every year
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91%
Percent of dance majors on the Dean's list each semester

STUDY WITH GUEST ARTISTS

Leading choreographers come to campus to work with Mason dance students every year. Here, guest artist David Parsons conducts a class with Mason dancers. Parsons founded Parsons Dance and has created works for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the American Ballet Theatre, the American Dance Festival, the New York City Ballet, the Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Spoleto Festival.

ENJOY SIGNIFICANT STAGE TIME

At Mason, dancers are on stage early and often, with more than 20 performance opportunities each year. There is no waiting your turn; freshmen audition alongside their more senior classmates.

GET PERSONAL ATTENTION IN SMALL CLASSES

Faculty member Linda Miller works one-on-one with a ballet student. The School of Dance only accepts 20 dancers in each freshman class, because a total of 80 dance majors allows the faculty be completely committed to your artistic development.

ENJOY EASY ACCESS TO D.C.'S VIBRANT ARTS SCENE 

The Harman Center for the Arts in downtown Washington, D.C., is one of many venues in which students can enjoy dance performances by national and international companies. Other local sites include the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Strathmore, and Dance Place. (Courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company)

SPREAD YOUR WINGS IN SPACIOUS STUDIOS AND THEATERS 

Dancers have room to move freely in Mason's four spacious studios, perform on amazing stages, and have access to a fully equipped dance conditioning lab.

ENRICH YOUR MIND WHILE ENHANCING YOUR DANCE 

It's all about the dance, but at Mason, you're also living the life of a university student. Dancers receive complete and well-rounded academic instruction, enabling them to stretch their minds to the fullest while training their bodies to be the best.

EXPERIENCE A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MASON DANCE ALUM

Two weeks after graduating from George Mason University in 2019, with a B.F.A. in Dance, Marcel Mejia had secured a position with Ballet Jazz, Montreal. Mason dancers find employment at dance meccas across the nation. Mason's dance program has a national reputation that opens many doors.