Dance M.F.A.


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The Hollins University innovative 60-credit M.F.A. program offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves for five weeks during the summer in the intimate learning atmosphere at Hollins University, followed by three weeks of international study and immersion in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (beginning summer 2023). This graduate program provides students with a wide range of experiences and opportunities, mentorships, and exposure to others in the international dance field. The M.F.A. students and faculty establish a unique community of committed artists/scholars who range in ages and experiences and are working to sustain their careers and deepen their relationship to dance.

The program offers a flexible but rigorous course of study. Using the resources of national and international institutions, the program offers three tracks: Year Residency Track, Low Residency-Two Summer (with professional field credit qualification), and Low Residency-Three Summer Tracks. Coursework and ongoing exposure to professionals/scholars from around the globe in the field of modern dance combined with opportunities both on and off campus prepares students to negotiate a diverse range of issues as they contemplate graduation and how they will engage in new communities, search for and/or continue in jobs at different institutions, and support their continued creative and academic work.

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All M.F.A. students gather for a total of eight weeks during the summer months of June and July. The degree requires a total of 60 credit hours. During these summer sessions, students spend five weeks at Hollins and travel to Plovdiv, Bulgaria, for three weeks of summer study. Beginning summer 2023, Boyan Manchev and Ani Vaseva will serve as co-coordinators of the European Study experience.

Using the resources of many institutions, the dance program offers three tracks that provide both flexibility and rigor.



$935 per credit hour for 2024-25


  • Nonrefundable application fee: $40
  • Technology fee: $600 per year
  • Health services: $395 per year
Summer Program Plovdiv 2023

Our Faculty

We are a diverse artistic community that creates a learning atmosphere where students and faculty work alongside one another. We expand and deepen our relationship to dance and the world around us. Our teaching reflects a wide range of interests and experiences.

From professional dance instructors and mentors, to visiting artists and choreographers, the influences are endless. If you learn from the best, you’ll discover new ways to express yourself and refine your own style.

One-Year Residency Track

The year residency track is ideal for recent graduates with an eye on the professional world of dance. Students accepted to the Year Residency Track spend fall and spring semesters at Hollins. Transfer credit is not accepted for students in the Year Residency Track.

Low Residency Multi-Year Track

These two- and three-year tracks are designed for emerging artists, teachers, and dance professionals to accommodate their performance schedules. Professionals have a chance to expand their portfolio as they develop their careers. A panel of Hollins faculty and professionals in the field determine acceptance into these tracks.

International Residency

Specifically designed to promote exchange within a larger dance community and to better understand the internationalization of dance education, these residencies open pathways that will create lifelong relationships and opportunities.

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