Department of Dance


The UCR Department of Dance embraces both dance making and written scholarship—dancing and writing about dancing—in each of its distinctive degree programs. We offer:

  • Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies
  • M.F.A. in Experimental Choreography
  • B.A in Dance that focuses on choreographic research together with cultural and historical studies

Our curricula are designed for the next generation of scholars, artists, and educators committed to world-wide research in dance, embodied reflection, and meaning-making through movement.


THE Ph.D. PROGRAM IN CRITICAL DANCE STUDIES, established in 1993 (as the Ph.D. in Dance History and Theory), has achieved world-class status as the preeminent site for intellectual inquiry into dance, corporeality, movement, choreography, and performance. The specificity of the program's focus on dance studies—as opposed to performance studies or theater studies—distinguishes it in the field. The training doctoral students receive at UC Riverside prepares them to become the next generation of dance scholars.

THE M.F.A. PROGRAM IN EXPERIMENTAL CHOREOGRAPHY, inaugurated in 2002, is especially designed for practicing artists who desire to return to an institutional context for advanced study. The focus of the program is on the development of experimental choreography that challenges cultural assumptions and is informed by a critical and reflective perspective. M.F.A. students benefit from close interaction with the Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies program.

For questions, please email the Graduate Advisor via the Dance Administrative Coordinator, Katrina Oskie, at

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Dance
121 Arts Building

Tel: (951) 827-3944
Fax: (951) 827-4651

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