MA in Teaching Dance in the Professions

MA in Teaching Dance in the Professions

Prepare to Teach Dance in a Variety of Settings

Prepare for a career in teaching dance in postsecondary and professional education settings such as studios, community colleges, outreach programs, afterschool programs, and community centers. This master of arts program provides professional development in the theory and practice of dance education for established dancers and choreographers wishing to develop pedagogy and research skills as a complement to their artistry, as well as those currently teaching Pre-K-12 who want to deepen their knowledge of theory and practice. The program emphasizes the historical and cultural contexts from which to teach dance, while also preparing you for doctoral study.

You can complete this degree in just three terms (including summer) as a full-time student.

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
  • How to develop pedagogical skills to promote and nurture artistic exploration and expression
  • How to develop pedagogies for culturally relevant contexts and culturally diverse students

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree. 

How You'll Learn

Courses in Dance Pedagogy, Dance Content, and Electives
The curriculum is designed to be completed in three terms (including summer) of full-time study, and includes research in dance education and general and subject-specific pedagogy courses such as Dance Administration & Leadership in Higher Education & the Arts and Theory & Philosophy of Dance Education. You’ll also have the opportunities to take electives such as Hip Hop Dance Culture, Afro-Caribbean Dance, West African Dance, and Principles of Dance Movement Therapy.  

Research Opportunities
As a graduate students in this program, you will examine dance for the purpose of developing research-informed and proficient teachers who possess a balance between pedagogy, artistry, and research. A final research project is the culmination of the degree.

A "Thinking-Centered" Approach
Our “thinking-centered” approach emphasizes the integration of the developing mind and body in the context of cultural practices through research, pedagogic, and discipline-based inquiries. Our goal is to facilitate the growth of your creative and critical thinking abilities, thereby increasing your knowledge and expertise in dance and dance education.

Degree Details


Contact Us

Deborah Damast
Program Director