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The MA in Dance Theories and Practices is a 36-hour degree. Options are available in Dance Education with or without licensure for teaching in public schools. The MA in Dance Education is available in a largely online-based distance format.

UNCG graduate programs in dance offer rich experiences in artistry and scholarship that entwine practice, creative expression, and critical investigation. Understanding arises from opportunities to investigate dancing through experiential and analytical lenses such as bodily training, improvisation, performance, choreography, aesthetics, education, somatics, history, and cultural and social critique.

Our students work with faculty members who are active artists and scholars, and who mentor student engagement in the dance professions, as well as guiding their work in the department. We offer an exceptionally strong mentorship program in teaching, including the teaching of dance technique, choreography and performance, dance appreciation and history, and the theories and practices of dance teaching in public education. We prepare students for lifelong learning in dance, to integrate practice and critical investigation, and to engage in dance as a means of understanding and of enacting positive change in themselves and their communities.

The MA in Dance degree is also available with K-12 Licensure. This option can be pursued as an add-on through the Post-Baccalaureate Licensure in Dance Education. Please note, this option may require additional time for degree completion.

MA Dance Handbook

School of Dance Graduate Handbook


View the Graduate Catalog for this program’s curriculum.

Visit our Advising page for links to the Plan of Study sheet for this program.