The Hunter College MFA program in Dance, launched in 2018 and directed by maura nguyễn donohue (she/they), is a highly selective program comprised of returning professional artist/educators seeking to investigate the role of dance in culture. This small, closely mentored community of inquiry meets in the intentional space that each cohort of experienced artists forges together. It provides MFA candidates with time to evaluate and re-direct their career pathways and roles in the fields of dance and dance studies. Through a wide-ranging program of pedagogy, philosophy, research practices, history, studio practice and public performances/presentations, the MFA remains rooted in a process-oriented mission.
While in the MFA program, each of the artists on the program have taught, are teaching and/or have set works on students in a variety of genres. They represent the wide-reaching belief across the Hunter College Dance Department that dance is a vehicle for the kind of radical root work needed to change dominant paradigms in the world. The afternoon includes works by Kathryn Alter ‘21, Francesca Dominguez ’22, Darvejon Jones ’23, and Cory “Supernova” Villegas/Soul Dance Co ’24.
Photo of Blacklash by Darvejon Jones '23, Photo by Michal Minster Tal
Works by Kathryn Alter ‘21, Francesca Dominguez ’22, Darvejon Jones ’23, and Cory “Supernova” Villegas/Soul Dance Co ’24
La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival
La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival continues to support La MaMa’s commitment to presenting diverse performance styles that challenge audience’s perception of dance by featuring performance/installations, experimental film screenings & public symposiums which address dance artists’ engagement with the current political climate, as well as honoring diasporic histories and legacy, ancestral inspirations and inter-generational dialogue.