• 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 Minor

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.

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.

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.

MTSU Dance students are well-trained for 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.

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Undergraduate Program

Dance Cognate and Dance Minor

The Dance Cognate is an 18 hour course of study connected to a Theatre Concentration in the Department of Theatre and Dance. The cognate is designed to provide students with diverse experiences in dance, including studio technique, creative studies and dance history and theory. Students pursuing a cognate are typically preparing for performance careers, graduate school, or teaching.

The Dance Minor is an 18 hour course of study that emphasizes cultural, social and historical aspects of dance.

Students who are interested in either the Dance Cognate or the Minor in Dance should meet with the Program Director at the outset of their studies to plan their program of study.

University College, Bachelor of Integrated Studies, Area of Emphasis Dance

If you are interested in a future career in the area of Dance, this emphasis area will provide you with the opportunity to explore a broad spectrum of courses. Courses include studies in a variety of dance techniques, choreography and performance, dance history and theory, and dance pedagogy. Students interested in pursuing dance as a career may have an option for an internship providing real-world experiences and professional networking.

Dance Minor

Department of Theatre and Dance 

The Dance minor requires 18 hours and emphasizes cultural, social, and historical aspects of dance. Coursework meets National Association of Schools of Dance standards. Students should meet with program director to initiate program of study.

Required Courses (15 hours)

 

  • DANC 2000 - Introduction to Dance Studies

    3 credit hours

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

  • 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 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 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 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.

Elective (3 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 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.

  • 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 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  

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

    3 credit hours

    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 Dance

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: 1000- and 2000-level course of ballet or modern dance. Theory and practice of teaching classical ballet and modern dance techniques based on sound anatomical and kinesiological principles. Offered odd-numbered fall semesters only.

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DANC 1000 - Dance Appreciation
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 - Introduction to Dance Studies
3 credit hours

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

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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4020 - Dance Performance III
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 4030 - Dance Performance IV
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

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: 1000- and 2000-level course of ballet or modern dance. Theory and practice of teaching classical ballet and modern dance techniques based on sound anatomical and kinesiological principles. Offered odd-numbered fall semesters only.

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
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 such events 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 equppied 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 desingers 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, Dance Coordinator
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
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