Established over eighty years ago and offering a professional dance major for more than fifty of those years, FSU dance continues to be a pioneer and leader among college dance programs. The School has a reputation as a center for the creation, reconstruction, and production of outstanding dance repertory, ranging from traditional classical choreography to contemporary original works.
The core mission of the School of Dance is to combine exceptional artistic training with a liberal arts education. This dual dedication to art and learning has yielded graduates who are dancers, teachers, scholars, and leaders in companies, schools, universities, and art organizations in the United States and abroad. In addition to classes for dance majors, approximately 400 students are instructed each semester through the general studies in dance classes open to our university community dancers.
A seventeen-million-dollar renovation in 2004 transformed our home, Montgomery Hall, into a state-of-the-art dance facility 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 374. Several concert series are presented annually, including Days of Dance, Evening of Dance, and Masters Projects.
The School of Dance is also the home of the internationally recognized dance research center, the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC). The mission of this unique and visionary center is to funnel creative activity capturing the interest in the dance field and encouraging the creation, dissemination, and documentation of new knowledge in dance and choreography. FSU dance majors have the opportunity to observe professional artists as they engage in projects while in residence at MANCC.