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Barbara Bashaw

Acting Chair and Artistic Director of the Dance Department

Barbara Bashaw is the acting chair and artistic director of the dance department, director of the Rutgers Pre-College Summer Arts Conservatory and current president of Dance New Jersey.   

Bashaw has served as the founding director of Graduate Dance Education and dance teacher preparation at Rutgers University since 2009, pioneering New Jersey’s first graduate degree in dance. Prior, she served as director of Dance Education at NYU Steinhardt where she was responsible for transforming the degree programs, embedding Afro-centric forms in the curriculum, founding the NDEO Research Center as well as co-designing the Ballet Pedagogy master’s degree in collaboration with American Ballet Theatre. She is also a founder of The Bridge for Dance studio in NYC. Most recently, Bashaw served on the steering committee and curriculum team in developing the new doctoral program in dance education at Columbia University, Teachers College.

Bashaw’s research interests include dance teacher preparation, dance leadership, interdisciplinary learning, choreographic learning, and artistic development. She has served on several NEA-funded task forces including the National Core Arts Standards for Dance and the Dance Entry Level Teacher Assessment. She has also served on task forces for the New Jersey Common Core Curriculum Standards, New Jersey Career and Technical Education Dance and Theater Examinations, the New York State Content Specialty Dance Certification Exam, the NYC i3 Arts Achieve program, and as an advisor for the NYC Blueprint for Dance. Bashaw has been an invited speaker and has presented at conferences in Denmark, Finland, Israel, South Korea, and across the US.

Bashaw is a PK-12 certified dance educator in New York and New Jersey and a “Dance for Every Child” advocate. From 1995–2002 she was a teaching artist and master teacher for the Creative Arts Laboratory, the 92Y School Partners program, and ArtConnection, working in dozens of inner city schools. She then founded the dance program at PS 295, The Studio School for Arts and Culture in Brooklyn, where she developed interdisciplinary, social-justice, and literacy-integrated curriculum, child-centered Labanotation methods, and the Choreographer’s Workshop.

Bashaw holds a doctorate of education from Columbia University, Teachers College, and an honorary doctorate of fine art from SUNY College at Brockport. She earned her Certified Movement Analyst degree from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, an MA in dance education from Columbia University, Teachers College, and a BS in interdisciplinary arts for children, double-majoring in dance performance, from SUNY College at Brockport.

Meet Barbara Bashaw.

  • Courses Taught

    • 07:207:400 Foundations of Dance Education
      07:207:403 Teaching Concepts 2: Instructional Design
      08:207:500 Introduction to Research in Dance Education
      08:207:510 Professional Issues in Dance Education
      15:255:534 Classroom Organization (Graduate School of Education)
      15:255:536 Teaching Internship Seminar (Graduate School of Education)
  • Publications

    Bashaw, B. [2016]. Dance as core content in U.S. education: New standards for a new century. The Korean Journal of Dance Studies. V60, 3 pp., 1-14.

    Bashaw, B., & Finkelstein, J. (2016, March 1). Deconstructing the NCAS in dance: Performing (webinar). https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/863922942803053570

    Bashaw, B., Contributor, Chapter 5: Service in Overby, L. (2015). Public scholarship in dance: Teaching, Choreography, Research, Service, and Assessment for Community Engagement. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

    Bashaw, B. (2015.) Thinking skills writing prompts for dance: Negotiating common core instruction. Dance Education in Practice, 1 (1). 23.

    State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education. (2014). National core arts standards: Dance. Dover, DE: State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education. [Writing team member.]

    Giguere, M., & Bashaw, B. (2013). Book review: Close encounters: Dance partners for creativity K. Chappell, L. Rolfe, A. craft, V. Jobbins. Trentham books, Stoke on Trent, UK (2011). Thinking Skills and Creativity, 10 (December 2013), 99.

    Bashaw, B. (2011). Young choreographers: An ethno-phenomenological study of developmental and socio-cultural influences during untutored dance making. (Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University). 369. (3484341). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, (MSTAR 903803056).

  • Awards

    2015 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Commencement Speaker
    SUNY College at Brockport

    2009 Teaching Excellence Award
    New York University, Steinhardt School

    2004 BAX10 Passing it On Arts Educator Award
    Brooklyn Arts Exchange

    2003 Emerging Visionary Award
    National Dance Education Organization

    1997    Charter Academy Member
    New York Academy for Teaching and Learning
    New York State Education Department