The Dance Program: Dance Education

learn to dance / dance to learn

photo by Matthew Wright

The Dance Education prepares dancers to lead their own classes in the studio or classroom, while they continue their own training as performers and choreographers.

The Dance Education concentration prepares the student to teach dance in the K-12 classroom, private studio, or community dance programs. Students can complete both a dance major and Muhlenberg's highly regarded teaching certification program in just four years. Coursework includes a hands-on practicum semester, pedagogy, kinesiology, and composition. Students also have the opportunity to teach professionally at Muhlenberg's Commuity Dance Center.

photo by matthew wrightAll dance majors, of course, continue their studio dance training throughout their four years at Muhlenberg, working closely with the Dance Program's internationally acclaimed faculty and guest artists. Most also continue to perform on the Mainstage and in informal concerts and ensembles.

Academic dance concentrations provide an excellent foundation for continuing studies at the master's degree level. Many dance science students go on to careers in dance medicine, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, and some have gone on to medical school to become doctors specializing in dance medicine. Dance scholarship students can go on to continued study in history and sociology, as well as arts administration and management.

Coursework for Dance Education concentrators includes:photo by matthew wright

  • Foundation courses in movement, composition, and dance teaching theory and methods
  • Courses in anatomy, kinesiology, and somatic practice for dancers
  • Continued training in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance
  • Advanced Dance Composition
  • Stagecraft and design
  • Optional courses in African dance and cultures, and a teaching dance practicum

Physical Therapy Co-op Program

Muhlenberg offers a cooperative program with Thomas Jefferson University for students interested in the fields of dance and physical therapy. Students spend a total of six years — three at Muhlenberg and three at Thomas Jefferson — and finish with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance and a Doctorate in physical therapy. The bachelor's degree is issued after the first completed year at Thomas Jefferson.

This program requires application by Jan. 1 of the senior year of high school. Find out more.


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