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Name of Faculty Sponsor

Sarah W. Holmes Ph.D.

Faculty Sponsor Email

sholme39@kennesaw.edu

Abstract

While dance classes have become a popular activity for children in the United States, most people are unaware of what constitutes “quality” dance instruction. This idea has been addressed at a collegiate level yet the lack of standards for dance instruction at the studio level has been overlooked. This research draws attention to this issue and the need for a potential solution to the problem. The project strives to answer these questions: Is there a trend between the lack of standards for dance education and the prevalence of injuries in young dancers? If so, is there a way to address this and establish a detailed set of qualifications that instructors need to meet in order to teach dance? The hypothesis proposes that poor instruction leads to an increase in injuries in young dance students. Further this misguided instruction is a disservice to students hoping to seek careers in professional dance.

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