Dance in the Professions: American Ballet Theatre Pedagogy

Dance in the Professions: American Ballet Theatre Pedagogy

Develop Your Expertise in Dance Pedagogy and Take Master Classes in Ballet Technique

A partnership between the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and NYU Steinhardt, this master’s program combines ballet pedagogy, research, and arts management coursework with master classes in ballet technique. Build on your background as an accomplished ballet dancer and prepare for a career as a dance educator in private studios, conservatories, company schools, and community settings.

You’ll receive an MA in Teaching Dance in the Professions as well as ABT teaching certification in Pre-Primary through Level 7 and Partnering in ABT's National Training Curriculum.

What You'll Learn
  • How to examine dance through a pedagogic lens to select and apply teaching and learning processes appropriate to various settings and populations
  • How to critically evaluate, review, and put into practice varying educational models in order to develop your own teaching philosophies and skills
  • How to research methods to examine existing bases of information and create new knowledge in the field
  • 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

See the curriculum and degree requirements for this program. 

How You'll Learn

Courses in Research, Pedagogy, Arts Administration, and Electives
The curriculum is designed to be completed in three terms (including summer) of full-time study, and includes core classes in research and dance pedagogy, coursework in ABT ballet pedagogy, and guided electives. Pedagogy and research are complemented with an arts management course, helping to prepare you for employment in multiple settings. The culminating project of this track is a curriculum plan or research project.

Extensive Pedagogical Study with ABT Master Teachers 
The dance teaching aspect of this graduate curriculum is taught by ABT master teachers who emphasize the development of the ballet dancer. You’ll examine the study of ballet technique from research-informed teachers including:

  • Sascha Radetsky, Director, ABT/NYU Master's Program
  • Harriet Clark, Acting Director, ABT/NYU Master's Program
  • Julie Daugherty, ABT Physical Therapist
  • Guest faculty from American Ballet Theatre, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, and NYU

Fieldwork That Fosters Professional and Artistic Connections
Through Integrated fieldwork studies, you'll cultivate professional networks in the dance capital of the world, while visiting exemplary artistry, teaching, and learning venues in New York City.

Notes for Prospective Students

You must have prior ballet training and must be able to:
  • Concentrate and be physically engaged in studio work.
  • Execute ballet-based movements that require an understanding of correct turnout, the ability to extend and stretch, bending and straightening the knees, balancing, jumping, and turning.
  • 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 at least sufficient for teaching.
  • Possess the emotional maturity to adapt to different intellectual and artistic environments and the uncertainty and stresses of the teaching and artistic professions.
Degree Details
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Deborah Damast
Program Director