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.
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.
Educators who already hold initial certification in teaching dance can expand their dance and pedagogical skills and refine their teaching practices.
Prepare for a career teaching dance in postsecondary and professional education settings such as studios, community colleges, outreach programs, and more.
Take American Ballet Theatre pedagogy, research, and arts management courses with master classes in ballet technique on your path to becoming a dance educator.
Prepare for a career teaching African dance in postsecondary and professional education settings such as studios, community colleges, outreach programs, and more.
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.
News and Events
Live and video work by student choreographers from the Dance Education program.
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.
Alum Kim Elliott speaks about her life and work.
After the cancellation of the 2020 Masters' Dance concert, students used their creativity and problem solving skills to adapt their work to film.
"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."
Dance Ed alum Dasha Schwartz discussed the online platform she founded, Cardboard Stage.