teachitwell Posted November 6, 2007 Report Share Posted November 6, 2007 I have been a ballet instructor for almost 25 years, in many different areas of the spectrum. I have taught at universities, professionally affiliated company schools and private studios. I currently own a small ballet school and have a few high school students interested in pursuing dance at the college level, but as teachers, rather than performers. Can anyone shed some light on any college dance programs that have a strong focus on teaching? I know that there are several out there that have degrees pertaining to K-12 teaching in states where dance is mandated as a part of the school curriculum ( Ohio and North Carolina come to mind)--but I am more interested in knowing whether there are any higher-ed programs that have a strong focus on training their graduates to teach dance in the studio environment, at the pre-pro level, and at the college level. My experience with college programs is that most are performance oriented, and offer, at best, rudimentary education in actual dance pedagogy skills. Many graduates of these programs, whether they ultimately perform for a while or not, end up teaching. My area is home to a college with a relatively prestigious performance program, and quite a few of the graduates become teachers--but in my experience, they have not been adequately prepared as dance educators. I would like to be able to direct my students to programs that have a strong emphasis on dance education. I would appreciate any feedback that anyone can offer. Quote Link to comment
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