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Dance Education Undergraduate Program

This undergraduate major program is designed to prepare prospective dance teachers to be highly skilled and creative dancers and choreographers, as well as scholarly, reflective educators, able to meet the varied needs of students of all grades. This program focuses attention on the acquisition of knowledge and skills that enable the pre-service teacher to develop and implement effective, innovative dance education programs that meet the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible for New York State initial certification as a teacher of dance in all grades.

For more information on this program, please contact:
Olivia Mode-Cater
Director, Undergraduate Dance Education Program
Special Assistant Professor of Drama and Dance
Phone: (516) 463-7137

  • Faculty

    About the Dance Education Faculty

    Olivia Mode-Cater
    Director, Undergraduate Dance Education Program
    Special Assistant Professor of Drama and Dance
    Phone: (516) 463-7137
    E-mail:  Olive.ModeCater{at}hofstra.edu

    Olivia Mode-Cater, EdM is the Director of Dance Education at Hofstra University. Previously, she was an adjunct faculty member of the dance department at Rutgers University teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has also created two dance programs in a public charter high school and a private PK-12 school. Olivia has presented on dance education at national and regional conferences including NY Phys Ed Consortium, NJAHPERD, NJ Charter Schools Conference, and the National Dance Education Organizations National Conference. Lastly, she is the Founder and CEO of Dance ED Tips a company dedicated to helping dance teachers refine their practice. Dance ED Tips was recently ranked the #2 dance teacher website to follow in 2019.

    Dorothee Jaxon Alexander, M.A. (Adjunct Supervisor of Student Teacher Field Placement) is a retired dance educator for the New York City Board of Education. From 1987 until 2003 she was the Coordinator of Dance in Community School District Four, a large district encompassing all of East Harlem.  She was also the Artistic Director of The Repertory Dance Company of East Harlem, a resident student dance company of Community School District Four.  Ms. Alexander specializes in dance technique, performance, and choreography for students ranging from ages 3 thru 18. Her students have performed for various organizations throughout the state as well as Europe.  She has also designed and facilitated adult workshops: Movement-By-Design, a kinesthetic approach to movement based on the Zena Rommett Floor-Barre technique. Currently she is employed by the Arnhold Dance Mentoring Program, in partnership with the New York City Board of Education. She mentors first year dance educators in the New York City schools, and has mentored several alumni from the Hofstra Dance Education Program.

    D.J. has a master’s degree in dance education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Certificate of School District Administration and Supervision from Hunter College.

    Sandra Stratton-Gonzalez
    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Phone: (516) 463-5444
    E-mail: Sandra.Stratton-Gonzalez{at}hofstra.edu

    Sandra Stratton-Gonzalez, M.A.,(Adjunct Assistant Professor, Teaching Dance at the Elementary Level; Cooperating Teacher for student teaching) is a dance specialist at The Children’s School, a fully inclusive public elementary school in Brooklyn, New York. Her accomplishments include the creation of a pre-K to Grade 5 curriculum in Creative Dance, overseeing the community’s arts partnerships, chairing the Arts Committee, and designing school-wide enrichment programs. The Founding Artistic Director of Soundance Repertory Company (1984-1999), Sandi’s choreography has been presented at venues throughout New York City and the Northeast. She is a co-author (with Katherine Gallant and Diane Duggan) of Dance Education for Diverse Learners: A Special Education Supplement to the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, PreK-12, which was published by the New York City Board of Education. Her thesis research has recently been published in Dance: Current Selected Research Volume 7, edited by Lynette Young Overby and Billie Lepczyk. She was invited to serve as a Founding Executive Board member of a new journal entitled Dance Education in Practice, and is writing an article for the journal about her work with children with autism.

    Susan Turner Radin
    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    102 Emily Lowe Hall
    Phone: (516) 463-5444
    E-mail: Susan.T.Radin{at}hofstra.edu

    Susan Turner Radin, M.A.,(Adjunct Assistant Professor, Teaching Dance at the Secondary Level; Cooperating Teacher for student teaching) has had a career as a performer, choreographer, and educator. She founded Turner Dance in 1996 and has since performed Arts and Education programs featuring health and social issues throughout Pennsylvania and New York schools, and innovative dance concerts fusing modern dance, poetry, sculpture, and story in venues throughout the Northeast. Turner taught dance in the New York City schools for five years and currently teaches dance in the Performing Arts Department of Walt Whitman High School in Huntington Station, NY. Her students have received numerous awards for dance and choreography at the national and state levels. Turner also directs the annual drama and musical productions at WWHS. She serves as the dance representative on the Long Island Scholar Artist Award Committee, recognizing high school students for their artistry and scholarly achievement.

  • Requirements
  • Applying & Financial Aid

    Applying & Financial Aid 

    For more information on applying to this program, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

    For information on financial aid, please visit Student Financial Services.


    While there are no auditions for admission to the Dance Program, we do hold auditions (usually the second Saturday in March) for placement in the technique classes, and to determine Activity Grant awards. The Dance Program administers a limited number of talent/activity grants that may range from $500 to $5,000 per year and are renewable. They are based primarily on the student’s potential as a dancer and his/her contribution to the program. Additional grants are also available for outstanding continuing students. Departmental scholarships are in addition to any other university scholarships, grants or loans for which the student might qualify.

    How to Apply

    1. Submit an application to the University.
      The student should file a formal application for admission to Hofstra as soon as possible, indicating on the application that he/she wishes to be a dance major. The standard Financial Aid Form should be obtained from the high school office and sent as soon as possible, asking that a copy be sent to Hofstra’s Admission Office.
    2. Register for auditions with the Dance Department beginning the first week of January.
      The applicant should contact the Department of Drama and Dance at (516) 463-5444 beginning the first week in January and no later than March 1 informing the Department that he/she has applied for admission and wishes to register for an audition.
    3. Audition for the faculty.
      The audition date is usually the second Saturday in March and students should arrive at the Herbert School of Communication (south campus) at 9:00 AM. Students should be dressed in tights and a leotard (any color) and should have ballet slippers. Students will need to have bare feet for the Modern class. Hair should be securely fastened away from the face. The applicant must bring with them an 8 x 10 photograph, preferably full-length in dance attire, with name, address, and telephone number clearly printed on the back. The applicant should also bring a dance resume which lists prior dance experience: type of training, names of teachers and schools attended, years studied and the number of times per week classes were taken. The audition will consist of two, one-hour technique classes (Ballet followed by Modern). After that, approximately twenty dancers will be chosen for scholarship consideration. Dancers will present a short solo dance of no longer than 1 to 2 minutes. The solo may be an excerpt from a dance previously learned or choreographed, but please note that Tap is not considered for the dance audition and Pointe is not preferred. If using music, the applicant must supply a CD or I-Pod. Audio resources will be provided.
  • Philosophy, Goals & Objectives

    Program Philosophy, Goals and Objectives of Dance Education

    The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Education - Dance Education program is to prepare highly skilled and creative artist educators who understand the broad educational and developmental role dance can play for students of grades PreK-12. The program focuses attention on the development of knowledge and skills that prepare the college students to design and implement innovative dance education programs in the public schools, as well as in private schools and dance studios, that promote dance literacy, knowledge of the role of the dance and dancers in diverse cultures, artistic development, skill development, personal development, collaboration with others, and learning in other academic areas. The program is designed to prepare prospective teachers to create productive learning environment through effective planning and execution of instructional activities; effectively assess student learning; address special developmental and educational needs of students from PreK-12; teach students of both genders with a diversity of needs, experiences, cultural backgrounds, languages, disabilities, and special abilities; collaborate effectively with colleagues; and communicate, educate, plan, and work effectively with students’ families, school personnel and the surrounding community, including local arts community.

    Specific Program Objectives

    1. Develop skill and artistic mastery of dance, choreography, and production, while expanding scientific, theoretical, historical, cultural, aesthetic and pedagogical knowledge of dance.
    2. Learn about the significance of dance in the evolution of human thought and expression, and the connections between dance and diverse cultures.
    3. Be introduced to music from many cultures, and the varied possible creative relationships between music, dance and dance education.
    4. Understand how individuals learn and develop and be able to provide, through dance and creative problem solving activities, opportunities that support PreK-12 students’ physical, creative, cognitive, social, and emotional development.
    5. Understand how individuals differ in their approaches to learning and create appropriate instruction adapted to diverse learners.
    6. Use an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a safe learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
    7. Use knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques and technology to foster inquiry, collaboration, and the ability to take creative chances in dance activities.
    8. Plan and implement a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies to develop dance and kinesthetic educated individuals, and that conform to the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts.
    9. Understand and use formal and informal assessment strategies to foster cognitive, creative, physical, social, and emotional development of learners through dance activities.
    10. Be reflective practitioners who evaluate the effects of their actions on others and seek to grow professionally.
    11. Foster relationships with colleagues, parents/guardians, and community agencies to encourage an understanding and appreciation of the art of dance, and to support learners’ growth and well being.
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