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MA, Teaching Dance in the Professions: ABT Pedagogy

Application Extended: Still Accepting Applications

A partnership between the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and NYU Steinhardt, this master of arts program combines ballet pedagogy, research, and arts management course work with classes in ballet technique. Build on your background as a ballet dancer and prepare for a career as a dance educator in studios and conservatories. Graduates will receive an MA in Teaching Dance in the Professions in addition to an ABT Ballet Pedagogy certificate.

Degrees that offer initial teaching certificationprofessional teaching certification, and a non-teaching certification option are also available. 

Official Degree Title

Master of Arts in Dance Education: Teaching Dance in the Professions and ABT Ballet Pedagogy



Application Deadline

Fall Start:
February 1

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How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.

1. Prepare Your Application


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application.

Statement of Purpose

You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this particular program as part of your application. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the admissions committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions on submitting letters of recommendation.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended or are attending. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline.

If you completed or are completing a degree at an institution outside of the US or Canada, you are required to provide a WES or ECE evaluation. Please review our requirements for translation and a course-by-course evaluation of your transcripts.

See detailed instructions on submitting transcripts.


Not required.

Proficiency in English

Audition Video

You are required to submit an audition video as a part of your application. Please upload your audition video in the Portfolio section of the graduate application. In addition to uploading your audition video to the graduate application, please make your video available online using YouTube, Vimeo, or a similar platform. Please upload a separate document to the Portfolio section of the graduate application listing the link to your video, and password if needed.

Please note: Your audition video will be viewed by ABT faculty and staff affiliated with the NYU Steinhardt Dance Education program.

The online video audition should be 10 minutes maximum and include work at the barre and in the center consisting of an adagio, petit allegro and grand allegro, as well as a port de bras exercise and pirouette combination with both en dehors and en dedans turns. Only one side of each exercise needs to be demonstrated.

Questions about auditions can be sent to


An interview is required for all Dance Education applicants. For additional information, contact the program at or 212-998-5400.

2. Apply


Start your application now

After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed, and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items

If any application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials to NYU Steinhardt, Office of Graduate Admissions, 82 Washington Square East, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10003-6680.  Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, by the application deadline.

3. Receive Your Admission Decision


You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.