Choreography Program
Choreography Program

Focused on the art of choreography, this nationally recognized MFA Program is designed for experienced dance artists who aim to pursue professional careers as choreographers and educators.

The curriculum is designed to encourage each MFA candidate to develop and refine their own personal aesthetic, become well-versed in the organizing concepts of choreography and dance theory, meet the practical demands of producing—including multimedia and site-specific performances—and identify strive toward their artistic and career goals.

All Choreography faculty members are noted professionals actively working in the field of dance. Their wealth of real-world experience gives students a realistic perspective on the artistic and professional challenges of careers in dance. Students benefit from a strong one-to-one relationship with an individual faculty member who serves as an artistic and academic advisor, mentoring the student in their progress for the duration of the Program.

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Daniel Charon
Daniel Charon MFA 13 Artistic Director, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Salt Lake City, Utah

By the time I enrolled at CalArts, I had performed for 15 years, and was focused on my choreography and teaching. CalArts gave me the time, space and support—with my mentors, faculty and my peers—pushing me forward saying, "Yes, you are capable and ready to do other things. Yes, you can take risks; that’s how you’re going to grow as an artist." The experience transitioned me into a whole new realm of my career by giving me confidence and skills. At CalArts, dancers are asked to think as artists. That’s unique and profound. As someone who now hires dancers, I don't want people who only know how to dance. I want artists who know how to speak through movement. Today, many choreographers work collaboratively, and look to dancers for inspiration. I think because CalArts has such a strong creative side, its dancers are well equipped to participate in that process. When they’re asked for ideas, they’re exceptionally creative.

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