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Modern Dance Teaching

Program Description

The Modern Dance Teaching BFA is a four-year professional degree that prepares students to teach dance in a variety of dynamic and challenging learning environments. Competent K-12 dance teaching requires both in-depth knowledge of subject matter (dance) and skill in applying educational concepts and principles that are developmentally appropriate. The College of Education’s Urban Institute for Teacher Education (UITE) oversees teacher licensure at the University of Utah.

Students must audition and be accepted to study the Modern Dance Teaching BFA.

The Student Experience

The BFA Modern Dance Teaching integrates the rigors of intellectual exploration, technical discipline, dance pedagogy, and creative investigation in order to prepare dancers for the opportunities and challenges of teaching dance professionally.

Career Opportunities

The purpose of the BFA Modern Dance Teaching Grade Licensure Program is to prepare elementary, junior high, middle school, and high school dance educators.

Teaching is an amazing career path that is always in demand. Over the past 5 years, 99% of University of Utah elementary and secondary teacher candidates were hired upon graduation. The state of Utah is in need of highly qualified, passionate teachers for our young learners. Demand for teachers in Utah is expected to grow by 28% over the next decade. Being able to teach our next generation is very rewarding. Knowing your career can make a difference is what makes so many of us want to teach. (from the Urban Institute of Teacher Eduation website,

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Exploratory Classes

  • ECS 2150 - Intro to Multicultural Education

  • DANC 1310* - Contemporary Dance Techniques 1 (*requires audition)

Last Updated: 7/10/24