Dance Education Program
Students learn from our extraordinary and diverse faculty and from internationally acclaimed artists-in-residence, such as Jennifer Muller/The WORKS. From ballet to hip-hop and jazz to West Indian, students will learn technique, dance history, and how to create their own dances. Students will experience the canon of American modern dance, learning to understand and respect the lineage while embracing the future of contemporary forms.
The Dance Education Program offers two majors and a minor.
Bachelor of Science in Dance Education with Specialization in Teacher Certification (120 Credits) This program leads to initial dance certification.
Students in the CCSU Dance Education for Teacher Certification program develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be an effective PK-12 dance educator in the state of Connecticut. Students are provided with a variety of classroom learning experiences as well as experimental learning opportunities with partner school districts where they learn up to date teaching techniques and apply them in an authentic environment. Students will show evidence of possessing a strong, well-rounded background in dance pedagogy, history, research, and learning theory.
Bachelor of Science in Dance Education with Specialization in Entrepreneurship (120 Credits)
Students in the CCSU Dance Education Entrepreneurship program develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to pursue a business-based dance career. Graduates will be prepared to teach dance at the highest level and have the knowledge and skills to handle the marketing and managerial side of running a successful business. Students will show evidence of possessing a strong, well-rounded background in dance pedagogy, history, research, learning theory and practicum to become “highly qualified” as a Teaching Artist.
Dance Minor (18 credits)
The Dance Minor is designed for those students who wish to pursue their love of dance while majoring in other fields. Students will develop technique and pedagogy, study dance history and choreographic principles. Performance opportunities available.
Cross-Endorsement in Dance Teacher Certification (30 Credits)
The Cross-Endorsement in Dance is designed for teachers holding an active Connecticut Educator Certificate or students currently enrolled in an initial certification program in any discipline to obtain a second certification in dance (PreK–12 #483) by completing a total of 30 semester hours of credit in dance education course work.
Formal Pathway to Dance Teacher Certification
This specialized program created with the Connecticut State Department of Education is designed for public-school dance teachers who have not yet been certified. The program is only open to currently employed public school dance teachers.
For further information please contact Catherine J. Fellows, CCSU Dance Education Coordinator, (860) 832-2167 or Jennifer DelSanto, secretary (860) 832-2155.
Dance Education Program Coordinator/Director:
Catherine J. Fellows, Professor, CCSU
Stephen D. Hankey
Guest Teaching Artists:
E. Clayton Cornelius, Christine Kershaw-Hobson, Aubrey Lynch, Jennifer Muller, Felipe Puletini