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Meet Fulbright Recipient Minami Hara

For Minami Hara, the opportunity to study Dance Education with a concentration in ballet was what drew her to apply for a Fulbright to study at NYU Steinhardt. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Hara is currently in the American Ballet Theatre pedagogy track within the Master’s Degree Program in Dance Education.   

Hara came to NYU with a previous master’s degree in which she concentrated on how long-term dance practice can effect human and personal development of a learner. Since this was a theoretical course of study, Hara felt that she wanted to study the practical aspects of dance education.

“The dance education program here at NYU Steinhardt has a strong focus on practice. The curriculum is built to prepare us to become better dance teachers and educators. I feel like even the theory classes are practical,” said Hara.

She mentions the classical ballet technique class as an opportunity to “re-educate her body.” Other classes she has enjoyed here include anatomy, movement analysis, music for dancers, outreach, educational theory as well as arts administration. Besides what she is learning in the studio and in the classroom, Hara also enjoys teaching through the Kaleidoscope Dance Company where she has been co-teaching a workshop to students from K-12 schools.

Once she completes the master’s here at NYU Steinhardt, Hara plans to return to Japan to finish a PhD.

Hara has been taking advantage of living in New York City for the duration of her studies. “It was my dream to live and study dance in NYC. NYC offers some of the world's best dance performances. Especially when ballet is in season, I'm at the theatre once a week at least.”