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Dance Education

Established in 1932 by legendary dance educator Martha Hill, our program is one of the oldest and most prestigious in North America. Our multiple master’s degree tracks provide high quality professional development in the theory and practice of dance education for teachers, administrators, performing artists, and research scholars. We invite you to join our passionate and inclusive community and become a dance teacher and leader in the field of schools, studios, colleges, and community settings worldwide.

Master of Arts
Teaching Dance
Grades K–12, Initial Certification

Prepare for initial certification as a teacher of dance and a career as an educator and teaching artist in public and independent schools, studios, and more.


Master of Arts
Teaching Dance
Grades K–12, Professional Certification

Educators who already hold initial certification in teaching dance can expand their dance and pedagogical skills and refine their teaching practices.


Master of Arts / Master of Fine Arts
Teaching Dance / Dance
Grades K–12, Initial Certification

This program is suspending applications for the Fall 2021 admission cycle. Please explore our other degree programs.

Degree Details
Dance Education Students Performing

Master of Arts
Teaching Dance in the Professions

Prepare for a career teaching dance in postsecondary and professional education settings such as studios, community colleges, outreach programs, and more.


Master of Arts
Teaching Dance in the Professions: ABT Pedagogy

Take American Ballet Theatre pedagogy, research, and arts management courses with master classes in ballet technique on your path to becoming a dance educator.


Advanced Certificate
Teaching Dance
Grades K–12, Post-Master’s Study

Build on your love of dance and complete all requirements to be eligible for initial certification as a teacher of dance in New York State, pre-K–12.

dance concert

Deborah Damast Receives 2020 Dance Teacher Award

2021 Masters' Dance Concert Trailer

Live and video work by student choreographers for the NYU Steinhardt Dance Education program's 2021 Masters' Dance Concert.


News and Events

Student Choreographers Adapt Work to Film

After the cancellation of the 2020 Masters' Dance concert, students used their creativity and problem solving skills to adapt their work to film.

Message from the MPAP Chair on Racism and Black Lives Matter

"It is time for us to take responsibility and to take concrete steps to make MPAP an academic performance community where diversity and inclusion are indispensable and at the core of our teaching, training, and learning."

Alum in The Style Line

Dance Ed alum Dasha Schwartz discussed the online platform she founded, Cardboard Stage.