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Jenkins, Vicki. The Missing Art: Dance Advocacy and Inter-Arts Collaboration in New Jersey Public High Schools. Unpublished Master of Arts thesis, University of Northern Colorado, 2019. The purpose of this research was to explore the effects dance has on New Jersey public high schools’ performing arts curriculum and its students. It also explored how dance was being utilized in schools and the ways in which art teachers worked together in their programs. The research instrument used in this study was an electronic survey that included quantitative and qualitative questions for data gathering. Participants in this study were from eleven New Jersey high schools that included forty-two arts teachers and eight administrators. The data suggested dance was an important component to the performing arts curricula for teachers, administrators, and students; however, it also presented challenges to both teachers and students when attempting to incorporate it within the school day. The data revealed discrepancies in perceptions about dance as well as challenges dance educators continued to face in public schools. This research was intended to advocate for the importance of dance in the arts curriculums and inter-arts collaboration for both teachers and students.

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