Career Readiness and Preparation Criteria in Undergraduate Dance Degree Programs

Dr. Kathleen Klein
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The analysis and interpretation of this research will be filtered through this researcher's specific lens, with the intention of discovering the effective and ineffective principles and practices within the three examined institutions which can be applied to developing high success rates of employment among students graduating from future programs. It is further hoped that this study will serve as a catalyst for inter-academic dialogue, in order to strengthen and advocate for the integrity and position of dance education in American colleges and universities.

Keywords: Career Readiness
Stream: Educational Resources and Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Career Readiness and Preparation Criteria in Undergraduate Dance Degree Programs

Dr. Kathleen Klein

Director of Dance, School of Music and Fine Arts, Palm Beach Atlantic University
West Palm Beach, Fl, USA

Kathleen Klein joined the faculty of PBA in 2000. Previously, she served as Executive Director of Klein Dance, Inc., which operates a thriving school for dance and a small alternative performing space, and hosts Palm Beach County's professional modern dance company, "Demetrius Klein Dance Company."

She continues to be active in the actual training of the school's students. She received her professional dance training with a multitude of artists in New England. She was employed by the School of Hartford Ballet in Connecticut while attending a rigorous teacher training program and dancing a demanding performance schedule. She has an extensive background in dance technique, pointe and partnering, ballet theory, kinesiology, dance history and music theory as well as child psychology and pedagogy.

She also taught adjunctively at Palm Beach Community College and Florida Atlantic University. A Phi Kappa Phi member committed to community service, she serves on the board of directors of the Florida Dance Association and Poinciana Day School. She also is a member of the Costume Society of America, Regional Organization of Theatres/Artists South and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. Dr. Klein teaches all levels of dance technique as well as courses in dance pedagogy. She and her husband, Demetrius, a Guggenheim Fellow in Dance, and their two children are active at St. Juliana Catholic Church.

Contact Information:
Phone: (561) 803-2428
Office: Vera Lea Rinker Hall 113
School: Music and Fine Arts
Campus: West Palm Beach

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