Study dance pedagogy & instruction at Iowa

The benefit of interdisciplinary study in dance pedagogy and instruction is a broader perspective and knowledge gleaned from coursework in psychology, education, entrepreneurship, and social justice that will provide students with a more holistic and contextualized understanding of pedagogy and approaches to dance instruction. Additionally, students will acquire ancillary skillsets including capacities necessary to engage populations in different instructional settings and socio-economic contexts.

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Any UI Dance Major pursuing a BFA or BA and interested in the art and practice of teaching dance as passion and/or profession.

Courses offered in the Department of Dance as well as other CLAS units such as the Department of Psychology, Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality studies (Social Justice), Department of Human Health and Physiology, and Enterprise Leadership.

BA in Dance with a Track in Dance Pedagogy & Instruction: 58-63 out of 120 total semester hours required for the degree

BFA in Dance with a Track in Dance Pedagogy & Instruction: 85-88 out of 120 total semester hours required for the degree

Yes, students satisfy the requirements for the Track in Dance Pedagogy & Instruction alongside their pursuit of a degree in Dance. Most of the required courses for the track are courses that count toward completion of the BA/BFA Dance major, others count as CLAS GE courses, and the remaining 3 s.h. contribute to the 120 semester hours required for degree completion in CLAS.

Initially, your CLAS-assigned academic advisor will guide you toward fulfilling requirements in helping you select GE requirements that also satisfy the Dance Pedagogy & Instruction requirements. Once you are assigned a designated advisor in Dance you can collaborate to tailor the program in ways that meet your professional/career objectives.

Students have the option to complete an internship to gain hands-on experience in the field. Interested students may schedule an appointment at the Pomerantz Career Center approximately 6-9 months before the semester during which they intend to participate. There is also Dance Internship course (DANC:3750) that students can take. Please consult with Director of Undergraduate Studies Kristin Marrs if interested in this course.

  • A career with a professional dance company that often includes the role of a teaching artist
  • Social justice endeavors in dance
  • The instruction of dance to a range of ages and populations in arts education
  • Ownership and/or management of a dance studio
  • Community engagement opportunities
  • A career in arts administration and/or management
  • Resident dance artist within a K-12 school system
  • A stepping stone toward potential careers in business administration, arts promotion/management, art & dance therapy, health sciences & wellness

If you have questions or want to learn more about the Dance Pedagogy & Instruction Track, contact your academic advisor.

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Kristin Marrs

Associate Professor of Instruction
Honors in Dance Director
Director of Undergraduate Studies