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Research in Dance and Physical Activity - Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 45-57
ISSN: 2951-4770 (Online)
Print publication date 30 Apr 2023
Received 28 Feb 2023 Revised 08 Apr 2023 Accepted 10 Apr 2023

Enhancing the Capabilities of Dance Majors for Effective Performance as Teaching Artists
Hyun Jung Park1 ; Yu-Jin Oh2, *
1University of Seoul, Republic of Korea, Research Professor
2Chung-Ang University, Republic of Korea, Ph.D.

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The primary objective of this study is to analyze the essential competencies and methodical preparation process requisite for university dance major students to successfully transition into society as teaching artists. In this study, open-ended questionnaires and in-depth interviews were conducted with 13 dance majors enrolled at the National University of the Arts in Seoul. These students participated in a project outside of the curriculum, gaining experience as field artists. First, universities must offer subjects that enable students aspiring to become teaching artists to acquire pedagogical knowledge and skills. Second, dance majors should expand their understanding through extensive research on learners. Lastly, an internship system that connects with the field during undergraduate studies is necessary. Consequently, this study aims to propose a direction for the improvement of the existing education system by considering the educational requirements of universities for teaching artists and learners.

Keywords: dance education, dance major, teaching artists, competencies, pedagogy, internship


This work was supported by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2021S1A5B5A16078540).

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