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Jacksonville University


Jacksonville University

Reach the Pinnacle of Professional Dance Study with an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University

MFA Choreography Executive

Christina Mann, Co-director MFA Choreography

The tagline says it all: “Where professionals are reborn.” The Master of Fine Arts in Choreography program is tailored to ensure that mid-career dance professionals—in both classical and contemporary genres—can pursue the specific study as they transition to the next phase of already productive careers.

Jacksonville University is a private liberal arts college, located on a riverfront campus in the suburbs of Jacksonville, Florida, just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. It offers the diversity and flexibility of a metropolitan setting with the attention and innovation of a private university.

 Artists in Transition

JU’s MFA in Choreography was built for professional dancers and designed to assist performers in nurturing new skills in pedagogy and the creative production of new works. This transitional career moment marks an opportunity to mature beyond sophisticated performers to add new skills for the next professional phase.

The collaborative, creative energy of the program is celebrated by this short video.

The Low-residency Option

The program balances intensive in-residency programs with distance study. Over the two years of study, participants benefit from a breadth of opportunities and learning environments, while continuing to engage in their professional lives and goals.

The cohort model features extensive sharing of information and feedback between participants. This dynamic environment celebrates students as fully actualized and sophisticated members of a learning community—both in person and online. Instructors are talented JU faculty and internationally recognized guest artists offer immersion workshops.

Students attending the summer residency in Latin America will be immersed the entire 6-week summer intensive in the vibrant cultural district of San Juan, Puerto Rico. During the two semesters following the residency intensive program all MFA students come together as a single group via the ‘Blackboard’ digital platform. This allows students to work one on one with JU Faculty and local mentors to expand their choreographic practice during the nonresidency portion of the program.

Support for International Students

The JU faculty members are dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of their students. This includes offering bilingual classes to facilitate Spanish speakers’ participation. While English language skills are required, support is available for writing assignments. Structures are also in place to support the less technologically savvy to take advantage of online platforms.

Past cohorts have included highly acclaimed individuals hailing from all over the world. JU encourages future applicants to add their expertise and energy to the program.


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