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Accredited by NASD, the Florida State University School of Dance upholds the scholarly rigor of a preeminent research institution while drawing upon its lineage of a conservatory model in dance training. The School delivers high quality technical training in both classical and contemporary techniques from a faculty that boasts extensive professional and academic expertise both nationally and internationally. Students have access to state of the art dance facilities with six studio spaces, a conditioning studio, costume shop, centers for music and technology, a black box theatre, as well as the fully equipped proscenium Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre which seats 380. Several concert series are presented annually including Days of DanceEvening of Dance, and Master Thesis Projects affording students many performance and choreographic opportunities. The School of Dance is also the home of the internationally recognized dance research center the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC).  FSU dance majors have the opportunity to observe and interact with professional artists while in residence at MANCC. 

School of Dance graduate programs offer a selection of degrees anchored to a curriculum that fosters artist scholars through a rigorous embodied research agenda. Graduate students, together with dedicated faculty support, develop individualized plans of study that allow them to become immersed in choreography, dance technology, the dance sciences, dance studies, community engagement and/or cutting edge history courses in dance practices of the Americas. Students are able to choose from a studio practice emphasis of study (MFA); a research emphasis of study (MA in American Dance Studies); or tailoring a unique program of study of critical inquiry into community engagement, dance sciences, dance production design, or dance technology (MA in Studio and Related Studies). Through an expansive Study Abroad program offering, our students are able expand their learning with firsthand experience in New York, Paris, and Spain.

The BFA is designed to provide an environment of the highest caliber in both practice and scholarship preparing students to enter dance as a profession. The degree emphasis is on performance and choreography as well as the theoretical aspects of dance (pedagogical, historic and aesthetic).

The MFA supports the development of diverse skills in classical and contemporary dance techniques, pedagogy, visual design and production, dance science, historical perspectives and critical theory, dramaturgy, musical inquiry, as well as technical and artistic integration of dance-specific technologies.

The MA in Dance offers two separate major choices , the MA in Dance (American Dance Studies) and the MA in Dance (Studio and Related Studies). The major in American Dance Studies offers a research focused option to complement the existing major in Studio and Related Studies in the MA in Dance, which offers a more practice-based emphasis of study.