Degree Title and Name: Master of Arts in Community Dance
Program Name and Number: Dance - MA 5055
Department/Unit: School of Dance
Delivery Mode: Athens Campus/Hybrid
Term(s) of Entry: Fall
Program Overview: Community Dance is a rapidly growing professional and academic field, in which dance professionals engage with community participants through collaborative, inclusive practices. Our M.A. program is the first in the United States in this hybrid, dynamic field. Our curriculum develops knowledgeable, effective, creative advocates for dance as form of research and an adaptable, socially relevant practice. Graduates will be prepared to explain the value of dance participation, and to lead dance experiences that foster community and enhance civic responsibility.
This program is primarily delivered on the Athens campus, with one required course conducted online. The M.A. in Community Dance requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, and can be completed in three semesters (normally, Fall, Spring, and Fall). Students who prefer part-time study can complete the degree in two or more academic years.
Students in the M.A. in Community Dance can also complete a complementary graduate certificate. These include Arts Administration, Gerontology, Global Health, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, War and Peace Studies, African Culture Through Music and Dance, and Women’s, Gender, Sexuality Studies. Most of these certificates can be completed with 12 to 18 credit hours, with 3 credit hours counting as electives in the M.A.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Graduates of the Master of Arts in Community Dance will be able to:
- Evaluate, critique, and synthesize scholarship on community dance practices.
- Identify, apply, and interpret research and practice in dance pedagogy, including national standards for dance education.
- Identify appropriate methods for applied dance research.
- Demonstrate strong professional skills, including effective communication, creative problem-solving, organization, and project management.
- Refine proficiency in dance-movement practices, sufficient to teach, perform, and/or choreograph in at least one dance genre.
- Communicate research-based evidence for the value of dance participation in educational and community contexts.
- Create and lead dance experiences that foster community and enhance civic responsibility.
- Affirm that dance can be an inclusive practice, and critically question barriers to dance participation.
Opportunities for Graduates:
- Teaching Artist in wellness programs such as those with Parkinson’s Disease
- Teaching Artist in community action programs such as those focusing on domestic abuse shelters or anti-violence programs
- Director of dance school or studio
- Community-engaged Dance Artist/Choreographer
- Arts administrator
- Community youth group leader
- Director of dance/movement program for senior center
- Community Engagement Director for dance companies and non-profit dance organizations
- Teaching Artist in community arts centers, dance companies, museums, pre-K-12 private and public schools, and other organizations
- Dance Integration Specialist
Link to Program: https://ohio.edu/fine-arts/dance/master-arts-community-dance
Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours as detailed below, with no grade below a “C” (2.0 on 4.0 scale) and minimum 3.0 GPA for courses in the major.
Core requirement: DANC 5600, DANC 6260, DANC 6405, DANC 6460, DANC 6620, FAR 5100
Dance Studies (select one): DANC 5550, DANC 5710, DANC 5711, DANC 5750
Studio (select one): DANC 5210, DANC 5250
Electives (7 credit hours or more; at least 3 credit hours outside Dance): AH 5111, ART 5125, ART 5130, AT 5790, CFS 5600, CFS 6890, EDCS 5020, EDCS 6010, EDSP 5700, FAR 5200, FAR 5300, HLTH 5300, HLTH 6130, MGT 5550, MPA 5680, MPA 5710, SOC 5670, SOC 5700, SOC 6050, SOC 6060, SOC 6070, SOC 6080, SW 5293, THAR 5410, THAR 5700, THAR 5710, WGSS 5100, WGSS 5110, WGSS 5500, WGSS 5600, WGSS 5610, WGSS 5890, any other DANC course at 5000-level or higher
Capstone Project Course: DANC 6960
In addition, students must demonstrate proficiency in at least one dance genre, sufficient to teach, perform, and/or choreograph in that form. Achievement of this outcome will be determined by a faculty committee. Additional studio coursework (such as DANC 5360 or 5230) may be necessary for some students to demonstrate proficiency in dance studio practices.
Culminating Experience: The final course is a capstone project in which students generate new knowledge through research, implementation, and analysis of a community dance project. There is no thesis or comprehensive exam.
- Bachelor’s degree in dance in an accredited program, or a bachelor’s degree in a related field with demonstrated experience and training in dance.
- GPA 3.0 or higher
Applicants must submit a resumé or CV, statement of intent, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. At least one of the recommendation letters should be from someone in the field of dance, and at least one should be from someone who has supervised, mentored, or observed the applicant in a professional setting.
Applicants who meet the above criteria will be invited to interview with the dance faculty.
Transfer Credit Policy: Students are expected to complete all of the required coursework for the M.A. in Community Dance at Ohio University. In certain circumstances, students may be awarded transfer credit based on prior graduate-level academic coursework and/or professional experience. These opportunities will be discussed and considered on an individual basis. All transfer credits are subject to Ohio University policy.
International Students: This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.