The Teaching Dance Arts concentration provides theoretical knowledge and practical experiences for BA Dance majors who wish to pursue a career in teaching dance to those who seek movement exploration as a means toward self-expression, self-discovery, and self-knowledge. It addresses the fundamental and practical knowledge of various dance techniques, principles of music, anatomy, curriculum development, and pedagogy. Students will learn to incorporate the Standards for Learning and Teaching Dance in the Arts and Standards for Dance in Early Childhood. Students explore the methods and strategies of teaching creative movement, the structure and content development required to create a beginning level technique class, and the observational and critical thinking skills for assessment. A broadened perspective ensures recognition of the role that dance education can play in the enrichment of lifelong learning skills and allows for an emphasis on special populations, community outreach, arts advocacy through education, interdisciplinary practices, and teaching as creating performance and vocabulary. The track in Teaching Dance Arts is a concentration within the BA Dance Major and does not constitute a minor in Education leading to New York State Certification in Dance.
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