Welcome to the Dance Program at MTSU!
This program promotes academic quality by enhancing learning, teaching, scholarship, and service and by celebrating distinctive strengths available within a liberal arts education. An example of this can be seen with the development of the Minority Guest Artist Program in Dance. During its three years in existence, this program has sponsored sixteen residencies and engaged students in active learning as they address issues of multiculturalism through interdisciplinary approaches. This program is distinctive in the United States and demonstrates the outstanding and visionary pedagogy in the arts at MTSU.
Our program affirms the role of dance in higher education by offering an environment
conducive for the training and development of young artists and the nurturing of the
art of dance. This environment is one in which performance opportunities, creative
projects and theoretical studies complement and reinforce each other. Provision of
specific bodies of knowledge, ways to discover, synthesize and apply this knowledge
is paramount. This in turn will empower students to enrich and further the arts in
a diverse society in relevant and meaningful ways. The combined influence of dance
studies and general studies is profound and far-reaching in establishing a foundation
for artistic and intellectual development.
An added bonus for dance students is the constant exposure to guest performers, choreographers and teachers. Through the Minority Guest Artist Program, dancers have the opportunity to experience a myriad of dance performances and to work in master classes and seminars with a variety of choreographers from the classical to the avant-garde.
Educational activities are essential for growth in the arts. Since 2004, the department has participated in the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA), and will host the festival in 2009. Numerous opportunities to perform in regional venues are possible with MTSU Dance Theatre and faculty-produced dance tours. The program produces two concerts annually plus student showcases.
Performance and choreographic opportunities abound. The dance student may refine classroom technique into the art of performance in the annual Dance Gala, thesis and student/faculty concerts, School of Music operas, Theatre Arts Department musicals, the annual ACDFA festivals, and for exceptional students, the Dance Department's touring company, Dancers in Company. Students interested in pursuing teaching as a career can develop these skills in such programs as Dance Forum.
Training with a strongly supportive and skilled faculty, working with a range of guest artists and taking advantage of many performance and choreographic opportunities give dance students at Middle Tennessee State University the preparation necessary to enter the field of professional dance.
Kim Neal Nofsinger