Jacksonville University’s MFA in Choreography is a low-residency program designed to help dance professionals earn master’s degrees in choreography without significantly delaying their careers. Starting each year, students in the program begin their studies at White Oak Plantation, an extraordinary site consisting of more than 7,500 acres of woodlands 30 miles north of Jacksonville. Established in 1982, White Oak provides conservation options for the future by maintaining genetically diverse populations of threatened species in spacious, natural facilities.
The site has also home to the Mikhail Baryshnikov studio, a facility that as been host to a number of world class choreographers, dance troupes, and performers.
“Our work at White Oak builds a strong sense of community quickly,” said Cari Coble, a former professional dancer and JU’s MFA choreography coordinator. “You really are isolated here. (The students) have a chance to focus on themselves without a lot of outside distractions.
“It’s a wonderful partnership we proud to have.”