MTSU Dance Department

Mission Statement


The MTSU Dance Program educates and trains burgeoning dancers and dance scholars for careers in the fields of performance, choreography, pedagogy, and scholarship, by offering coursework that respects the history and traditions of dance, while exposing students to new work that is being developed throughout the complex and multifaceted field of Dance performance and Dance Studies in the US and around the world. The MTSU Dance Program encourages creative engagement and reflexive self-awareness to complement studio training and scholarly studies, while fostering an understanding of new developments in the field of Dance Technique, Dance Studies, and Pedagogy. We offer technique courses in: Contemporary Modern Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Tap and West African Dance; studio work in Choreography and Somatics; and theory-based classes relating to the history and criticism of Dance. Along with performance opportunities and involvement in festivals, workshops and master classes, the MTSU Dance Program brings our students from the classroom and the studio to the stage and the community, ensuring both a rigorous training and an in-depth exposure to current trends in Dance within local and international communities.