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Dance Instruction and Management

Barton’s Dance Instruction & Management Program prepares current and future dance educators to work in this rewarding profession. Instructors who have a comprehensive knowledge of dance technique in different styles, an understanding of dance pedagogy, and proven arts management skills are in high demand in this competitive, growing industry. Courses are taught in a welcoming environment for both current and prospective educators of all dance styles.

Hiring qualified dance instructors is essential in today’s competitive recreation industry. Families of dance students expect teachers to be able to provide instruction that is:

  • Safe and developmentally appropriate.
  • Current with dance training innovations.
  • Part of a well-rounded business plan.
  • More than teaching dance steps. Instead, they empower their students with life-changing personal growth.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does earning the Dance Instruction & Management Credential take?

The flexible low-residency structure of the program has training options for multiple schedule needs and professional goals: 60 credit hour AA degree, 30 credit hour Course Plan of Study, individual courses taken as professional development. Courses can be taken in the summers, during evenings and even condensed in long weekends, making the program  a convenient option for returning professionals. 

What can I do after earning my dance credential?

Barton’s dance credential leads trainees to the following employment opportunities: dance instructor at dance studios and recreation facilities, dance team coach, choreographer, arts administrator, and dance studio owner. Current K-12 educators can gain dance and movement training to add to their curriculum. The credential has an AA Degree option for trainees who decide to transfer to a university dance program to continue their dance education.

What will I learn?

The program offers courses that addresses every aspect of the dance education industry.

  • All foundational dance techniques.
  • Specialized dance techniques such as en pointe.
  • Injury prevention and dance kinesiology.
  • Dance history and its context in society.
  • How to design effective lesson plans for all ages and levels of experience.
  • The Dance Internship class gives trainees a chance to earn credits as they gain guided hands-on learning experiences.

Aly's Dance Studio (Great Bend)
ArtisTree at the Forum (Hutchinson)
Ballet Salina (Salina)
Be.Studios (Great Bend)
Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts (Newton)
Danceography (De Soto)
Euphoria Dance Centre (Great Bend)
Jill Landrith’s School of Dance (Wichita)
Metropolitan Ballet (Wichita)
Styles Dance Centre (Hays)
Tamara Howe's School of Dance (Salina)

American College Association 
Kansas Creative Arts & Industries Commission 
National Dance Education Organization 

Degree Maps
Degree Maps

Associate in Art
Dance Instruction and Management

View the full list of Curriculum Guides (applicable for students admitted prior to Fall 2024) and Degree Maps (applicable for students admitted Fall 2024 and after).

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