BA - Dance

Concentrations in Studio Teaching; and Dance Education with P-12 Certification -- Department of Theatre and Dance

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Deputy Chair, Dept. of Theatre of Dance; Director, Dance Programs: Prof. Lori Katterhenry; 973-655-7080

BA Dance Program Coordinator: Dr. Elizabeth McPherson; 973-655-7831

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BA Dance: The Big Picture

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) program in Dance trains students as both artists and educators, recognizing that first-hand experience is essential preparation for effective teachers. As teachers, our graduates share their passion for dance with young children, teenagers, and adults in a variety of educational settings.

The BA in Dance degree offers two concentrations that prepare students to teach in a range of dance settings, including public and private P-12 schools, dance studios, community centers, after school programs, and recreational facilities:

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What You Will Study

All BA in Dance students enter the program under the Dance Studio Teaching concentration. Because dance educators must bring a high level of artistry to their teaching, you will take intensive dance courses with BFA Dance classmates and perform in a range of repertory productions.

Dance Education with P-12 Certification Concentration

In the spring of their sophomore year, students who have completed four pre-requisite courses in education and who wish to pursue the P-12 Concentration may formally apply to the program. The application process includes an interview and submission of writing samples. Successful candidates proceed to intensive coursework in education, gaining hands-on experience through fieldwork and student teaching in public schools. They continue to take dance courses and may also continue to perform.

For complete BA in Dance, P-12 Concentration curriculum requirements, go to:

Studio Teaching Concentration 

Dance Studio Teaching students take four business courses along with courses in dance and education. These business courses comprise four of the required six courses to complete a minor in business and prepare you for the financial and marketing aspects of operating a dance studio. You will also complete an internship at a dance studio to gain valuable hands-on experience. 

For complete Dance Studio Teaching Concentration curriculum requirements, go to:

To learn more about Careers in Dance and Dance Education, go to:

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Performance Opportunities

BA Dance  majors maintain extensive rehearsal and performance schedules that include opportunities to perform with our Dance Repertory Company, which performs works choreographed by faculty, guest artists and alumni. Students also choreograph, produce, and perform their own original works. Since the department does not offer a graduate program in Dance, there is less competition for solo and ensemble roles.

The Dance Division presents three annual dance concerts, which are staged within Montclair’s campus facilities. There are also opportunities to perform off campus at schools and other performance venues, including the 92nd Street Y in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  Visit our Productions and Image/Media Gallery pages to see examples of current and past student performances.

Students learn by watching as well as doing. You will be able to attend more than 500 professional events on campus each year, including those presented by the Theatre and Dance Department as well as by Montclair’s Peak Performances program of theatre, dance, and music productions. Students are admitted FREE to these campus events.

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Our Faculty

More than 75 permanent faculty members and visiting professionals – including internationally renowned celebrity guest artists and artists-in-residence – mentor our Theatre and Dance students each semester. These working professionals teach, choreograph share insights gleaned from their professional experiences in the "real world" of dance with students in workshops and master classes. Faculty mentoring can often lead to opportunities beyond the classroom.

Click the links below to learn more:

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Dance Facilities

Montclair State boasts exceptional performance facilities with impressive technical specifications . You will perform in six well-equipped theatres, including the state-of-the-art Alexander Kasser Theater; the 946-seat Memorial Auditorium; our 2000-seat amphitheater, and the intimate L. Howard Fox Theatre. The Dance Division also has exclusive use of the versatile Montclair State Dance Theatre plus two rehearsal studios – one of which boasts a view of the NYC skyline.

This exceptional range of performance and rehearsal spaces reflects industry opportunities and prepares students for future performances in a variety of settings.

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Awards and Accreditation

Montclair State Dance and Dance Education majors are recognized regionally and nationally for their accomplishments as performers. Nearly every year, Montclair students compete in the regional component of the American College Dance Festival and often move on to compete at the national level the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. They regularly return home with awards recognizing their excellence in choreographic presentations, ensemble work, and performance. 

The BA Dance Education program meets the rigorous standards of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) – a distinction that places us among the nation’s most competitive programs. 

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Apply Now

To apply to the BA Dance Education Program, or to any Department of Theatre and Dance program, please visit Department Admissions.

For additional information about our programs, please visit us to tour our facilities and/or plan to attend one of our Arts Days and Open Houses.

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