MTSU Dance Department

WELCOME to the MTSU Dance Program

Department of Theatre and Dance 


Middle Tennessee State University has the most extensive Dance Program of its kind in the State of Tennessee. Our Program offers students a diverse and individualized course of study that prepares them for varied careers in dance and related areas by providing comprehensive studio training in dance technique, performance, choreography and classroom work on the history and criticism of Dance. The program offers a Dance Cognate in the Department of Theatre and Dance, as well as a Dance Minor. Students may also choose to pursue a Bachelor of University Studies with an emphasis in Dance through the University College. 

The MTSU Dance Program offers a high level of academic work, and promotes the kinds of technique, performance, choreography and leadership skills that are required in all fields relating to Dance Studies. Students have the opportunity to perform, choreograph and research alongside of faculty and guest artists each semester, ensuring that the apprentice-style learning model that is so crucial to a field like Dance is available to every member of the Program.

Students who graduate from our program are equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience required to attend graduate programs, work in a variety of dance and arts related professions, and contribute to Dance within a global society. The emphasis upon national and international work, creative engagement of mind and body, and a vast array of performance opportunities makes MTSU's Dance Program distinctive in the United States, and the success of our students offers testament to the outstanding and visionary instruction in Dance, and the arts at Middle Tennessee State University.


The MTSU Dance Program offers a variety of dance techniques including: Contemporary Modern, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap and West African Dance. Additional courses in the curriculum include: Choreography, Dance Appreciation, Dance History, Dance Studies, Pedagogy, Creative Movement for Children and Senior Seminar. The program also offers Somatics-based courses including the Alexander Technique and Theory and Practice; The Body as an Instrument.


Students have ample opportunities to perform each semester in the MTSU Dance Theatre and Student Choreography Showcases. Auditions are required for MTSU Dance Theatre and student performances.


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