• Performance opportunities every semester
  • Renowned Guest Artist
  • Study West African Dance
  • Build community
  • Travel and present at regional and national conferences
  • Technique, education, history and theory are the cornerstone of the program

Dance

MTSU offers the only Bachelor of Science degree in Dance at a public university in Tennessee. The program promotes diverse intellectual and artistic scholarship, while fostering professional and social excellence in a liberal arts setting. Through studio training, dance studies courses, and curricular and co-curricular activities, our students can be prepared to become artists, scholars, educators, arts advocates and leaders in the field of dance and beyond. Admission to the B.S. in Dance is through audition only. Dance study at MTSU emphasizes a holistic approach that rigorously trains the body and engages the mind. Dancers are encouraged to develop creative and critical perspectives. Students are expected to examine the cultural and historical contexts of dance and to develop the abilities to both move and think logically, critically, and creatively, and to communicate clearly.

Guest artists create with MTSU Dance Theatre

Guest artists create with MTSU Dance Theatre

Every semester, guest artists collaborate with MTSU’s pre-professional dance company to stage works for MTSU Dance Theatre. Guest artists spend a full week in residence, teaching classes, giving talks about their creative process and careers, and rehearsing a select group of students for performance. In recent semesters, students have worked with a range of artists including T. Lang Dance, Jesse Zaritt, Teena Marie Custer, and Dance Magazine “breakout” choreographer Christopher K. Morgan. Guest artist relationships form the foundation of students’ future professional networks. 

Dance students perform locally, regionally, and internationally

Dance students perform locally, regionally, and internationally

MTSU Dance students share their art both on and off campus. In addition to local performance opportunities throughout Tennessee in cities such as Knoxville, Chattanooga, Tullahoma, and recently at The Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville, students travel for regional conferences and festivals, including the American College Dance Association, the Women in Dance Leadership Conference, and the American Dance Festival. Nationally and internationally students have traveled for training and performance to cities such as New York, Chicago, Denver, Columbus, and Dallas, and internationally to Europe and China. These off-campus opportunities further students’ professional experience and understanding of the field. 

Prior to graduation, MTSU students have opportunities to equip themselves 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.

MTSU Dance students receive training that can lead to many careers, with graduates finding performance opportunities in professional companies, in the entertainment industry, and as entrepreneurial artists and choreographers. Graduates also teach in studios, schools, and community-based programs, further their education in graduate school and teach at the university level, and apply their dance knowledge to a broad range of fields including exercise science, somatic training practices like Alexander Technique, and dance therapy.

Employer examples include, but are not limited to,

  • The American School Switzerland
  • Blue Moves
  • Bridging Souls Productions
  • Chattanooga Dance Theatre
  • Christopher K. Morgan & Artists
  • Company Rose
  • Disney
  • Kate Weare Company
  • FALL
  • Inlet Dance Theatre
  • Momentum Dance Lab
  • Numinous Flux
  • Of Bones Brooklyn
  • Studio Tenn

     

     

Undergraduate Program

The Theatre and Dance Department offers two majors—Theatre and Dance—both of which lead to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

Coursework for the Dance program includes technique, choreography, performance, dance history and criticism, education, and kinesiology. Dance majors choose one of two curricular tracks: Performance and Choreography or Pedagogy in Practice.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Undergraduate minors in Dance, Entertainment Arts Design, Musical Theatre, and Theatre are available. 

 

 

Dance, B.S.

Department of Theatre and Dance 
Marsha Barsky,  Program Coordinator
615-898-5023
Marsha.Barsky@mtsu.edu

The B.S. in Dance provides students with diverse opportunities to develop theoretical and practical applications of dance. The program is designed to prepare students for the profession or further study at the graduate level. Students should consult with their advisors each semester in order to plan their schedule of courses.

Students majoring in Dance must select a specialized track of study: performance and choreography or dance pedagogy in practice.

Students audition to be accepted into the Dance major through four regularly scheduled auditions every year. For additional information and to register for the audition, contact the dance program coordinator.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Dance, B.S., Academic Map 

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (38 hours)

Core Technique Requirements (20 hours)

  • DANC 2010 - Modern Dance Techniques II  2 credit hours  (4 credit hours required)

    DANC 2010 - Modern Dance Techniques II

    2 credit hours

    Intermediate modern dance techniques. Meets three hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits with permission of instructor.

  • DANC 3010 - Modern Dance Techniques III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DANC 2010 or permission of instructor. Advanced studio technique. Meets four and one-half hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

  • DANC 2040 - Ballet Techniques II  2 credit hours  (4 credit hours required)

    DANC 2040 - Ballet Techniques II

    2 credit hours

    Intermediate ballet techniques. Meets three hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits with permission of instructor.

  • DANC 3040 - Ballet Techniques III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DANC 2040. Advanced ballet techniques. Meets for four and one-half hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum credit of 6 credits with permission of instructor.

Choose 6 credit hours from the following:

  • DANC 1010 - Modern Dance Techniques I

    2 credit hours

    Modern dance techniques; emphasis on exploration of fundamentals of dance as a form of artistic communication. For students with little or no previous experience in modern dance. Meets three hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.

  • DANC 1020 - Jazz Dance Techniques I

    2 credit hours

    Contemporary jazz dance techniques; emphasis on exploration of fundamentals of dance as a form of artistic communication. For students with little or no previous experience in jazz dance. Meets three hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.

  • DANC 1030 - Tap Dance Techniques I

    2 credit hours

    Tap dance techniques; emphasis on exploration of the fundamentals of dance as a form of artistic communication. For students with little or no previous experience in tap dance. Meets three hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.

  • DANC 1040 - Ballet Techniques I

    2 credit hours

    Classical ballet techniques; emphasis on exploration of ballet as a classical art form. For students with little or no experience in ballet. Meets three hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.

  • DANC 2020 - Jazz Dance Techniques II

    2 credit hours

    Intermediate jazz dance techniques. Meets three hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits with permission of instructor.

  • DANC 2030 - Tap Dance Techniques II

    2 credit hours

    Intermediate tap dance techniques. Meets three hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits with permission of instructor.

  • DANC 3010 - Modern Dance Techniques III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DANC 2010 or permission of instructor. Advanced studio technique. Meets four and one-half hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

  • DANC 3020 - Jazz Dance Techniques III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DANC 2020 or permission of instructor. Advanced jazz dance techniques. Meets four and one-half  hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits with permission of instructor.

  • DANC 3030 - Tap Dance Techniques III

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DANC 2030 or permission of instructor. Advanced tap dance techniques. Meets three hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits with permission of instructor.

  • DANC 3040 - Ballet Techniques III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DANC 2040. Advanced ballet techniques. Meets for four and one-half hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum credit of 6 credits with permission of instructor.

  • DANC 4040 - Ballet Techniques IV

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Performance-level techniques and choreography for solo and ensemble pieces in both classical and contemporary styles. Meets four and one-half hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits with permission of instructor.

Theory Requirements (12 hours)

  • DANC 2000 - First Year Seminar in Dance

    3 credit hours

    An overview of the contemporary dance scene and its recent history in aesthetics, scholarship, and in the marketplace.

  • DANC 4600 - Theory and Practice I: The Body as the Instrument of Dance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DANC 2010 or DANC 2040. Theory and practice of teaching dance as it pertains to the dancer's instrument--the human body. Acquaints the dance student with dance education, nutrition, body therapies, environmental effects on the human body, and the emerging area of dance medicine while training for classical ballet and modern dance. Offered spring semester only.

  • DANC 4800 - History of Dance  3 credit hours  

    DANC 4800 - History of Dance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DANC 2000  A survey of dance from primitive to the present with an emphasis on the style and techniques of dance as it was performed.Offered fall semester only.

  • DANC 4990 - Senior Seminar in Dance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of 75 credit hours and permission of department. A capstone to the dance student's undergraduate career and preparation for transition to the professional world or graduate study. Includes lectures, workshops, professional guest speakers, and discussion sessions. Students will complete various paper-based projects, a capstone research project, resume, and portfolio construction.

Composition Requirements (3 hours)

  • DANC 4100 - Choreography I  3 credit hours  

    DANC 4100 - Choreography I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Exploration of movement, technique sequences, and choreographic forms; basic elements of notation. Offered fall semester only.

Somatic Practice Requirement (3 hours)

Specialized Tracks of Study

Students will select one of the following tracks:

Performance and Choreography (15 hours)

Composition Requirement (3 hours)

  • DANC 4110 - Choreography II  3 credit hours  

    DANC 4110 - Choreography II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DANC 4100 or permission of instructor. Directed study of a choreographic project. Exploration of choreographic techniques to develop an original group dance and the execution of plans for costumes, lighting, make-up, and sound. Offered spring semester only.

Applied Professional Skills (12 hours)

Choose from the following:

  • DANC 4000 - Dance Performance I  1 credit hour credit hours  (3-6 credit hours)

    DANC 4000 - Dance Performance I

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Permission of instructor and co-registration in DANC 1010, DANC 1020, DANC 1030, DANC 1040, DANC 2010, DANC 2020 DANC 2030, DANC 2040, DANC 3010, DANC 3020, DANC 3030, DANC 3040, or DANC 4040. All aspects of concert planning and production as performer and crew member. May be taken for one credit per semester for a total of 6 credits.

May be taken for one credit per semester for a total of 6 credits

  • DANC 4130 - Dance for Theatre

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Techniques of dance for musicals, comedies, operas, television, and stage and choreography for these forms.

  • THEA 3200 - Introduction to Costume for Arts and Entertainment

    3 credit hours

    Overview of costume in the arts and entertainment; an orientation to costume, design, management, technology, wardrobe practices, and costume critique methods through projects developed through research, problem-solving, and documentation; focus on student career and portfolio development. Laboratory hours and/or crew requirement.

  • THEA 3400 - Lighting for Arts and Entertainment I

    3 credit hours

    Lectures and practical experience in the methods and techniques of lighting for the stage. Emphasis on creation of lighting design for performance through the study and knowledge of electricity, circuity, instrumentation, control equipment, and fundamental properties of lighting design. Major projects in lighting design. Crew requirement.

Dance Pedagogy in Practice (15 hours)

Pedagogy Requirement (6 hours)

  • DANC 3600 - Teaching Creative Movement for Children

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 2000-level dance technique courses in ballet or modern dance and permission of department. Dance as a viable activity that can enhance the learning process. Explores the discipline of dance as basic to an education for all people. Educational and aesthetic theories and practices related to fashioning developmentally appropriate dance experiences for children. Offered even-numbered fall semesters only.

  • DANC 4610 - Theory and Practice II: Pedagogy for Ballet and Modern Dance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: DANC 1010 and DANC 2010 or DANC 1040 and  DANC 2040. Theory and practice of teaching classical ballet and modern dance techniques based on sound anatomical and kinesiological principles.

Applied Professional Skills (9 hours)

Choose from the following:

  • DANC 4000 - Dance Performance I  1 credit hour credit hours  (1-6 credit hours)

    DANC 4000 - Dance Performance I

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Permission of instructor and co-registration in DANC 1010, DANC 1020, DANC 1030, DANC 1040, DANC 2010, DANC 2020 DANC 2030, DANC 2040, DANC 3010, DANC 3020, DANC 3030, DANC 3040, or DANC 4040. All aspects of concert planning and production as performer and crew member. May be taken for one credit per semester for a total of 6 credits.

May be taken for one credit per semester for a total of 6 credits

  • DANC 4140 - Internship in Dance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Approval of chair or dance faculty. Students assigned to work with professional dance companies or arts centers. Pass/Fail.

  • THEA 3200 - Introduction to Costume for Arts and Entertainment

    3 credit hours

    Overview of costume in the arts and entertainment; an orientation to costume, design, management, technology, wardrobe practices, and costume critique methods through projects developed through research, problem-solving, and documentation; focus on student career and portfolio development. Laboratory hours and/or crew requirement.

  • THEA 3400 - Lighting for Arts and Entertainment I

    3 credit hours

    Lectures and practical experience in the methods and techniques of lighting for the stage. Emphasis on creation of lighting design for performance through the study and knowledge of electricity, circuity, instrumentation, control equipment, and fundamental properties of lighting design. Major projects in lighting design. Crew requirement.

General Electives (26 hours)

  • Only 6 credit hours may be in DANC courses

Total hours in program: 120

Recommended Curriculum: Dance

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

All students pursuing a major within this department must complete the General Education requirements. The following is a suggested pattern of study; however, consultation with the assigned advisor is necessary before each registration.

Freshman

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • DANC 2000 - First Year Seminar in Dance

    3 credit hours

    An overview of the contemporary dance scene and its recent history in aesthetics, scholarship, and in the marketplace.

  • Core dance techniques 4 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 29 Hours

Sophomore

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • DANC 4100 - Choreography I  3 credit hours  

    DANC 4100 - Choreography I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Exploration of movement, technique sequences, and choreographic forms; basic elements of notation. Offered fall semester only.

  • DANC 4600 - Theory and Practice I: The Body as the Instrument of Dance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DANC 2010 or DANC 2040. Theory and practice of teaching dance as it pertains to the dancer's instrument--the human body. Acquaints the dance student with dance education, nutrition, body therapies, environmental effects on the human body, and the emerging area of dance medicine while training for classical ballet and modern dance. Offered spring semester only.

  • Core dance techniques 4 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 6 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 29 Hours

Junior

  • DANC 4800 - History of Dance  3 credit hours  

    DANC 4800 - History of Dance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: DANC 2000  A survey of dance from primitive to the present with an emphasis on the style and techniques of dance as it was performed.Offered fall semester only.

  • Core dance techniques 6 credit hours
  • Dance specialized track courses 9 credit hours
  • General electives 11 credit hours

Subtotal: 32 Hours

Senior

  • DANC 4990 - Senior Seminar in Dance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of 75 credit hours and permission of department. A capstone to the dance student's undergraduate career and preparation for transition to the professional world or graduate study. Includes lectures, workshops, professional guest speakers, and discussion sessions. Students will complete various paper-based projects, a capstone research project, resume, and portfolio construction.

  • Core dance techniques 6 credit hours
  • Dance specialized track courses 6 credit hours
  • General electives 15 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

DANC 1000 - Introduction to Dance
3 credit hours

Dance as an expressive art form, a symbolic language, and an integral aspect of world cultures. Lecture/discussion course for the general student population. Not a performance or activity course.

DANC 1010 - Modern Dance Techniques I
2 credit hours

Modern dance techniques; emphasis on exploration of fundamentals of dance as a form of artistic communication. For students with little or no previous experience in modern dance. Meets three hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.

DANC 1020 - Jazz Dance Techniques I
2 credit hours

Contemporary jazz dance techniques; emphasis on exploration of fundamentals of dance as a form of artistic communication. For students with little or no previous experience in jazz dance. Meets three hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.

DANC 1030 - Tap Dance Techniques I
2 credit hours

Tap dance techniques; emphasis on exploration of the fundamentals of dance as a form of artistic communication. For students with little or no previous experience in tap dance. Meets three hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.

DANC 1040 - Ballet Techniques I
2 credit hours

Classical ballet techniques; emphasis on exploration of ballet as a classical art form. For students with little or no experience in ballet. Meets three hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.

DANC 1050 - Dance Performance Workshop for Governor's School for th
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Dance practicum for students involved with the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. Designed to give experience in specific areas of dance study while students prepare for the Finale production.

DANC 2000 - First Year Seminar in Dance
3 credit hours

An overview of the contemporary dance scene and its recent history in aesthetics, scholarship, and in the marketplace.

DANC 2010 - Modern Dance Techniques II
2 credit hours

Intermediate modern dance techniques. Meets three hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits with permission of instructor.

DANC 2020 - Jazz Dance Techniques II
2 credit hours

Intermediate jazz dance techniques. Meets three hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits with permission of instructor.

DANC 2030 - Tap Dance Techniques II
2 credit hours

Intermediate tap dance techniques. Meets three hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits with permission of instructor.

DANC 2040 - Ballet Techniques II
2 credit hours

Intermediate ballet techniques. Meets three hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits with permission of instructor.

DANC 3010 - Modern Dance Techniques III
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: DANC 2010 or permission of instructor. Advanced studio technique. Meets four and one-half hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

DANC 3020 - Jazz Dance Techniques III
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: DANC 2020 or permission of instructor. Advanced jazz dance techniques. Meets four and one-half  hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits with permission of instructor.

DANC 3030 - Tap Dance Techniques III
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: DANC 2030 or permission of instructor. Advanced tap dance techniques. Meets three hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits with permission of instructor.

DANC 3040 - Ballet Techniques III
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: DANC 2040. Advanced ballet techniques. Meets for four and one-half hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum credit of 6 credits with permission of instructor.

DANC 3600 - Teaching Creative Movement for Children
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: 2000-level dance technique courses in ballet or modern dance and permission of department. Dance as a viable activity that can enhance the learning process. Explores the discipline of dance as basic to an education for all people. Educational and aesthetic theories and practices related to fashioning developmentally appropriate dance experiences for children. Offered even-numbered fall semesters only.

DANC 4000 - Dance Performance I
1 credit hour credit

Permission of instructor and co-registration in DANC 1010, DANC 1020, DANC 1030, DANC 1040, DANC 2010, DANC 2020 DANC 2030, DANC 2040, DANC 3010, DANC 3020, DANC 3030, DANC 3040, or DANC 4040. All aspects of concert planning and production as performer and crew member. May be taken for one credit per semester for a total of 6 credits.

DANC 4010 - Dance Performance II
1 credit hour credit

Permission of instructor and co-registration in DANC 1010, DANC 1020, DANC 1030, DANC 1040, DANC 2010, DANC 2020 DANC 2030, DANC 2040, DANC 3010, DANC 3020, DANC 3030, DANC 3040, or DANC 4040. All aspects of concert planning and production as performer and crew member. May be taken for one credit per semester for a total of 4 credits.

DANC 4040 - Ballet Techniques IV
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Performance-level techniques and choreography for solo and ensemble pieces in both classical and contemporary styles. Meets four and one-half hours per week. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits with permission of instructor.

DANC 4100 - Choreography I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Exploration of movement, technique sequences, and choreographic forms; basic elements of notation. Offered fall semester only.

DANC 4110 - Choreography II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: DANC 4100 or permission of instructor. Directed study of a choreographic project. Exploration of choreographic techniques to develop an original group dance and the execution of plans for costumes, lighting, make-up, and sound. Offered spring semester only.

DANC 4130 - Dance for Theatre
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Techniques of dance for musicals, comedies, operas, television, and stage and choreography for these forms.

DANC 4140 - Internship in Dance
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Approval of chair or dance faculty. Students assigned to work with professional dance companies or arts centers. Pass/Fail.

DANC 4200 - Women in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Dance
3 credit hours

Examines dance as a field whose content shaped the identity of women in the United States. Representation and objectification of women in dance as it evolved and changed throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century. Offered odd-numbered spring semesters only.

DANC 4290 - Special Topics in Dance
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department; must have taken DANC 4100 and/or demonstrate proficiency in modern dance technique at the intermediate level. Allows students to explore topics not covered in regular dance curriculum enhancing student's breadth of knowledge and career preparedness. Content varies based on faculty or guest artist instructing class. Topic, method of instruction, and prerequisite will be determined at time of scheduling. Course may be repeated.

DANC 4570 - The Body Intelligent: A Study of the Alexander Techniqu
3 credit hours

(Same as MUS 4570/THEA 4570.) For those interested in improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, flexibility, and coordination in daily activities.  

DANC 4600 - Theory and Practice I: The Body as the Instrument of Da
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: DANC 2010 or DANC 2040. Theory and practice of teaching dance as it pertains to the dancer's instrument--the human body. Acquaints the dance student with dance education, nutrition, body therapies, environmental effects on the human body, and the emerging area of dance medicine while training for classical ballet and modern dance. Offered spring semester only.

DANC 4610 - Theory and Practice II: Pedagogy for Ballet and Modern
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: DANC 1010 and DANC 2010 or DANC 1040 and  DANC 2040. Theory and practice of teaching classical ballet and modern dance techniques based on sound anatomical and kinesiological principles.

DANC 4800 - History of Dance
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: DANC 2000  A survey of dance from primitive to the present with an emphasis on the style and techniques of dance as it was performed.Offered fall semester only.

DANC 4950 - Directed Studies
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Available only to students in Theatre and Dance who have completed 50 percent of their coursework in their major and have an overall GPA of 3.2 for their last 30 hours of study; permission of department required. Proposals must be submitted and approved by theatre and dance faculty the semester prior to the beginning of the semester of enrollment. Individualized intensive instruction for students to pursue research and creative activity in a specified area.

DANC 4990 - Senior Seminar in Dance
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 75 credit hours and permission of department. A capstone to the dance student's undergraduate career and preparation for transition to the professional world or graduate study. Includes lectures, workshops, professional guest speakers, and discussion sessions. Students will complete various paper-based projects, a capstone research project, resume, and portfolio construction.

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Tucker Theatre

Tucker Theatre accommodates major music, dance, theatrical, and television productions, along with performances in intimate settings and a wide variety of events such as award ceremonies, films, pageants, recitals, product launches, receptions, and meetings.

For event information, Please call 615.494.8810. For Tickets call, 1.888.718.4253. Thank you!

All events at Tucker Theatre are scheduled through our production office. Call 615/898-2181 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday for rental information. 

 

Studio Theatre

Anderson Studio Theatre

The Anderson Studio Theater is a flexible black box space. It is primarily used for student-produced performances. The space is perfect for smaller, more intimate productions.

 

Dance Studio

Dance Studio

MTSU has two fully equipped dance studio spaces for rehearsals and dance classes. Both rooms have a full mirror wall, as well as easy-to-use audio equipment. 

 

Scenic Studio

Scenic Studio

The Scenic Studio is designed for the construction of our scenic elements for all Theatre and Dance productions, as well as stagecraft classes.

 

Costume Studio

Costume Studio

The Costume Studio is designed for the production of costumes for all Theatre and Dance productions, as well as costuming classes.

 

Design Lab

Design Studio

The Design Studio is equipped with a state-of-the-art light box and an ETC Ion lighting console that allows designers to work on a scale model of Tucker Theatre. Students also have access to the computer lab and drafting materials.

 

Contact and Student Information

Marsha Barksy, Director of Dance
Marsha.Barsky@mtsu.edu
615-898-2640

Jeff Gibson, Chair Theatre and Dance
Jeff.Gibson@mtsu.edu
615-898-2640

Sonja Burk (A-K)
Sonja.Burk@mtsu.edu
615-898-5089 | JH 115

Jeanne Hoechst (L-Z)
Jeanne.Hoechst@mtsu.edu
615-904-8180 | JH 115

Dept. Theatre and Dance
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 43
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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