You'll Learn from the Masters
One of the most exciting opportunities we offer dance majors at Mason is the experience of performing in significant dance works by master choreographers.
The guest artist experience with visiting faculty, Jean Emile
The students were extremely professional and well rehearsed, which speaks well for George Mason University’s dance program. The twelve student dancers stood out, but ironically for the fact that they blended so seamlessly into Varone’s work.
Review of 2017 performance by Doug Varone and Mason dancers
Our guest artist residencies are intense learning opportunities. After choreographers choose their casts, a challenging 10-day rehearsal period begins that parallels a professional work schedule. These long days result in a finished work that is performed in our 2,000-seat concert hall. Artists often return for the performances. We also enjoy watching our alums return to perform on the same stage where they began.
Everyone in my company loves visiting George Mason University. It’s a place where we can perform for an audience that loves dance and a place where we can teach students who love to dance. What could be better than that? It’s an inspiring environment. …I hold George Mason University’s dance program in high regard. The program is really doing something right.
- Mark Morris
Guests artists have included such well-known names as Robert Battle, Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch, Alejandro Cerrudo, Kyle Abraham, Paul Taylor, Andrea Miller, Larry Keigwin, Doug Varone, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Ohad Naharin, Nick Pupillo, Donald Byrd, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Students make connections that are invaluable to their careers.
We believe dancers learn best through dancing – there's no better way to grow artistically than by working and learning within some of the most compelling pieces. The variety, the intensity, the vibrancy of being part of something excellent is what these residencies are about.