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Dance Teacher MA - Ballroom Dances Specialisation


Institute for Choreography and Dance Teacher Training


master of arts in dance teaching

Level of degree:

master’s (MSc/MA)




evening course


state-funded /training offered for a fee

Length of studies:

2 semesters (60 credits) or 4 semesters (120 credits)

Credits to obtain:

60 or 120

Entry requirement:

a BA degree in Dance and Coaching

Purpose of the programme:

The aim is to educate dancers and teachers who are devoted to dance and co-arts and are capable of passing on acquired knowledge and styles on a high level. They recognize and correct problems that occur during learning and performing dances. Similarly, they can handle social and communication difficulties in adolescence with the help of dance practice and are ready to support outstanding talents. They are prepared to fit underprivileged children and those with personal problems into the community with dance.
They are capable of using the community-building aspects of dance at school and outside the school in organising dance programmes and cultural events.
In addition to the dance form practised by the student, the application of teaching more effective methods on a broader scale with the help of other specialisations and co-arts.
The two (or four) semester MA in the form of evening training builds on previous ballroom dance knowledge to develop stylistic characteristics and theoretical, pedagogical and psychological aspects necessary for a teaching career. A crucial task is to promote and make students aware of socialisation processes to interpret. The major professional component of teacher training is technical accuracy and the analysis of movements within the language of ballroom dances.
The concept of a partner, the rules of cooperation, various improvisation exercises contribute to the feeling of ‘Flow’ when, with the harmony of music and dance, Latin American and standard dances unobtrusively become integrated into the movement culture of the technically conscious dancers. Therefore, they feel free and brave in expressing their emotions and their knowledge gained through experience can be more effectively passed on to new generations.
Graduates obtain competitive knowledge to pass on in primary art education or dance schools. Possessing all this, our well-trained dancers will have better prospects in the labour market.

Language requirements:

To obtain an MA degree, a state-accredited language examination, complex B2 foreign language exam.

The specific subject-related pedagogical knowledge of a master of arts in teaching ballroom dances:
  • The acquisition of standard and Latin American dances methodology, supplemented by special couple dances, ‘lines and poses’, partnering, and the methodology of formations and 20th-century dance music.
  • The place and role of arts education, the methods of dance, the integration of dance into public education, educating children about a healthy life with their age and pedagogical peculiarities concerned. Fostering national identity via dance art.
  • Knowledge about the positive impact of arts education on one’s personality; understanding of communication and social problems in adolescence and their relief by means of dance education.
  • Getting ready for supporting talents, preparing them for a professional dancer’s career and nourishing exceptional talents in art.
  • Knowledge of dance forms, the analysis of technical aspects, methodology, their pedagogical application and incorporation into the teaching process through the didactics of dance teaching.
  • In addition to the dance form practised by the student, the application of teaching effective methods on a broader scale with the help of other specialisations and co-arts.
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