Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

Graduate Programs - Dance Education

Dance in the Professions: ABT Ballet Pedagogy

This concentration is for students intending to teach in private studios, conservatories, as teaching-artists and community outreach (36 credits). The dance teaching aspect of this curriculum is taught by American Ballet Theatre master teachers who emphasize the development of the ballet dancer. Pedagogy and research are complemented with an arts management course, helping to prepare the graduate for employment in multiple settings. The culminating project of this track is a curriculum plan or research project. The applicant for this track is an accomplished ballet dancer who wants to develop pedagogical content in this art form. In addition to the M.A. degree in teaching dance in the professions, the graduate receives an ABT Ballet Pedagogy certificate.

About the Program

New York University and American Ballet Theatre have entered into a partnership to offer the first ever graduate program in Dance Education with a concentration in Ballet Pedagogy.

  • Master of Arts degree in Teaching Dance in the Professions with a concentration in ABT Ballet Pedagogy
  • Prepares dance teachers for studios, conservatories, and company schools, as well as for further doctoral study in dance education and teaching in higher education
  • Full-time study; coursework starts each September and can be completed in just three semesters
  • Students examine the study of ballet technique for the express purpose of developing research-informed and proficient teachers who possess a complete understanding of the use of the biomechanics of movement, artistic imagery, and the development of students on professional and recreational tracks of study
  • Integrated fieldwork studies provide opportunities to cultivate professional networks in the dance capital of the world, while visiting exemplary artistry, teaching, and learning venues in New York City

ABT faculty for the NYU Master's program include:

  • Raymond Lukens, Artistic Associate, ABT/NYU Master's Program and faculty at ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School
  • Franco De Vita, Principal of ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School
  • Julie Daugherty, ABT Physical Therapist

Auditions for the ABT program:

Contact the Dance Education program at 212 998 5400. Acceptance to the program is by application and audition. The audition is open to applicants for the NYU Master's Program only and prospective students must have already attained an advanced level of ballet training.

The audition will include a 90-minute technique class taught by ABT Artistic staff, followed by individual interviews with NYU and ABT faculty. Appropriate ballet attire required.


The Technical Standards of the ABT/NYU Master's Program in Dance Education

Students must be able to:

  • Concentrate and be physically engaged in studio work
  • Physically demonstrate dance steps that require movements such as rotation at the knee, hip socket and ankles; the ability to extend and stretch; bending and straightening of the knees; balancing; jumping; turning; and falling
  • Follow and respond to verbal instructions
  • Demonstrate physical familiarity with ballet vocabulary
  • Possess a level of endurance, strength, and flexibility to demonstrate technique and artistic imagery
  • Possess the emotional maturity to adapt to different intellectual and artistic environments and the uncertainty and stresses of the teaching and artistic professions

See audition dates.

For more information, please contact the NYU Dance Education program office at 212 998 5400.