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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Master of Arts
Teaching Dance in the Professions: Dances of the African Diaspora

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

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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.

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Deborah Damast Receives 2020 Dance Teacher Award

News and Events

Dance Education Program Hosted Masters’ Dance Concert

On April 29-30, the NYU Dance Education Program presented their 2022 Masters' Dance Concert at Frederick Loewe Theatre.

Choreographer Dominique M. Fontenot Discusses Weighting for You

Dance Education graduate student Dominique M. Fontenot will be choreographing one of nine dances as part of the 2022 Masters’ Dance Concert on April 29 and 30. We spoke with Dominique about her use of “weighting” versus “waiting, what it meant to her to gain weight during lockdown and why it feels good to accept yourself just the way you are.

Music and Performing Arts Professions Students Perform "Stand for Change"

Members of the Class of 2021 from the department's Vocal Performance and Dance Education programs came together to create a video of the new song for the Steinhardt graduation ceremony.

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.