The MFA in Dance has concentrations in Contemporary Choreography and Dance Dramaturgy. Work by these students is performed in a variety of venues, from informal showings to Accolade East’s state-of-the-art Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre.
First year MFA students regularly show work-in-progress, culminating with a self-produced off-site performance of new choreography.
Second year MFA students create and stage three choreographies as practice-based thesis research. Presentations include an “I Am” solo, a group work for the proscenium stage, and a self-produced, off-site work.
A colloquium series is offered each year by the MA/PhD programs. Presentations in the series range from scholarly papers by guest speakers to practical workshops on topics such as the preparation of funding applications.
Selma Odom Event Series
The Selma Odom Event Series honours Professor Emerita Selma Odom, founder of York’s MA and PhD programs in Dance. The annual lecture, presented each spring, features eminent and emerging scholars whose research investigates dance history and ethnography.
In 2013, the Selma Odom Event will take the form of a working group whose focus will be to investigate questions and problems that arise in crafting histories from newspapers, periodicals, and other press documents. Scholarly writing on the reception of works provides telling examples of powerful theoretical and disciplinary alliances.
In 2012, the Department of Dance’s third annual Selma Odom Event featured three guest lecturers: author, journalist and educator Carol Bishop-Gwyn; author Dr. Allana C. Lindgren; and, York University Department of Dance PhD candidate Samantha Mehra. All three presentations focused on the National Ballet of Canada, on occasion of its 60th anniversary year (2012).