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Master of Arts

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The primary purpose of this study was to analyze how universities are preparing all dancers for the option of becoming a dance educator outside of training in dance technique. The researcher evaluated current dance educators in K-12 public education schools on their level of preparation from their chosen undergraduate and graduate programs for dance education. There were two research instruments used in this study: online surveys and online interviews completed by the dance educators. The data suggested that there is a need for more undergraduate and graduate dance programs to provide adequate teacher preparation training for those who may enter into the field of K-12 dance education. The data showed that regardless of choosing to be a dance performance/choreography major or any other major outside of dance education, the field of dance education became a main source of income and employment for many after a performance career.

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