Students - Dance Education

Career Services

Many aspects of the dance world offer exciting and rewarding careers that combine creative achievement with the genuine satisfactions of teaching. Graduates of our program are teachers of dance at preschools, elementary, junior and senior high schools, colleges and universities. They work as teaching artists for some of the top service organizations such as the National Dance Institute, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, The Joyce Theatre and Young Audiences. They are administrators for dance companies, directors of educational programs, writers for dance publications, community-based organizers, choreographers, and performers of all styles and forms of dance.

Our curriculum includes seminar-based courses where students are guided in preparing professional materials and teaching portfolios. Our strong presence at the national conference of the National Dance Education Organization ( provides students with job networking opportunities in the higher education field. Our close relationship to the NYS Dept. of Ed. and the NYC Dept. of Ed provides a strong preK-12 job network. Our graduates are highly sought after in the NYC preK-12 schools.

The NYU Office of Career Services offers extensive assistance in finding the best available teaching positions that match your interests and ambitions. The office offers sessions on resume writing and interviewing and notifies graduate students when representatives of larges school systems come to campus to recruit teachers. The New York City Board of Education holds an annual job fair, providing information about licensing, hiring procedures, and job openings.

A Brief Sample of Where They Are Now:

Monica Stephenson, MA 2016 (expected), ABT Project Plié Coordinator

Alexis Andrews, MA 2014, ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis school Instructor

Daniela Sabbath, MA 2014, Principal of Portland School of Ballet

Rachel Abrams, MA 2013, Education Director, Lustig Dance Theatre

Sophie Alpern, MA 2013, ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis school Instructor

Molly LeBeau, MA 2013, Academy Summer Program Manager, Houston Ballet

Amelia Bielen, MA 2012, Assistant Principal of Portland School of Ballet 

Rodica Bordeianu, MA 2012, ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis school Instructor

Carla Flores, MA 2012, ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis school Instructor

Megan Love, MA 2012,  ABT NTC and ABT/NYU Program Manager

Megan Minturn, MA 2012, Teacher, Brooklyn International High School

Carmela Gallace, MA 2011, ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis school Instructor

Sonia Jones, MA 2011, ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis school Instructor

Adam Holms, MA 2010, Teaching Artist, American Ballet Theatre's Education Department

Pamela Levy, MA 2010, ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis school Instructor

Megan Philipp, MA 2010, Faculty, Joffrey Academy of Dance, Chicago, IL

Kelvin Cooper, MA 2008, Dance Instructor, Santa Rosa Jr. College, Santa Rosa, CA

Judy Kurjan, MA 2008, Dance Teacher, Edgewood Elementary School and Hamilton Elementary/Middle School, Baltimore, MD

Andrea Burghart, MA 2007, Teacher of Dance, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, Fort Worth, TX; Adjunct Dance Faculty, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, TX

Meghan Kent, MA 2007, Manager of Outreach Programs, Education Department, New York City Ballet, NY, NY  

Elizabeth McPherson, PhD 2006, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the B.A. in Dance Education, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

Rachel Anne Wurman, MA 2005, Dance Educator for the Dance Studio and Choreographer & Director of the Musical Theatre Program, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Astoria, NY

Stephanie Milling, MA 2002, Assistant Professor of Dance Education, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

Lisa Naugle, PhD 2002, Associate Professor of Dance and Technology, University of California, Irvine

Gill Wright Miller, PhD, 2002, Associate Professor and Chair, Dance Department, Dennison University

Kendra Jackson, MA 2001, Teacher of Dance, Edward R. Morrow High School, NY, NY

Kangsoon Lee, PhD 1998, Instructor, Ewha Woman's University, South Korea

Sarah Geroulo-Rutledge, MA 1997, Chair, Dance Department, The Chapin School, NY, NY

Iliana Aljure-Leon, MA 1994, Head of Visual and Performing Arts & Preschool Coordinator, Colegio Rochester, Bogota, Columbia

Larry Lavender, PhD 1993, Professor and Chair of Dance Department, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC