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Business & Economics


Dr. Jennifer VanGilder

Committee Member

Karen Clemente

Committee Member

Robert Gannon

Committee Member

Dr. Jennifer VanGilder

Department Chair

Dr. Jennifer VanGilder

Project Description

Fundamental dance researchers have found that dancers have some of the lowest Human Capital returns. Today, the average dancer has a median pay of $15.87. Only six percent of public schools offer dance as a part of their curriculum. This situation poses a threat to the transmission of culture in our country and will have negative impacts. Children receive little to no dance education in public schooling, leaving private dance education organizations as the only option left. Using a sample of 100 privately owned studios in the tristate area, business decisions will be analyzed to uncover the impact on enrollment.