Theatre Department

Marsha Barsky

Assistant Professor


Box 43, MC189A
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Voice: (615) 494-7995
Fax: (615) 898-5826
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Marsha Barsky has worked both nationally and internationally as a performer, choreographer and administrator. Her
choreography has been presented at venues throughout the US, and at the Pavillon Noir in Aix-en-Provence, France. She has performed with the Desert Dance Theatre, Contemporary Dance Exchange and Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre, and in works by Kim Neal Nofsinger, Gabriel Masson, Sean Curran, Pat Graney, Bill Evans, Ana Baer, and Ivan Pulinkala. She received her BFA in Dance from Arizona State University and her MFA in Performance, Choreography and Somatics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has studies with an array of renowned choreographers and companies, including the Joe Goode Performance Group, Ballet Preljocaj, the Jose Limon Company, David Dorfman, and the Merce Cunningham Company. She has taught dance history at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music and modern dance technique at the University of Colorado, Western Kentucky University, Vanderbilt Dance Program, St. Mary's High School, the Harpeth Hall School, the University School of Nashville and the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. She served as the Director for the Vanderbilt Dance Program from 2003 - 2007 where she divided her time between teaching and administration. She is a certified yoga instructor and is currently training to become an Alexander Technique Teacher.

Courses Taught:

  • DANC 1000 - Dance Appreciation
  • DANC 2000 - Introduction to Dance Studies
  • DANC 1010 - Modern Techniques I
  • DANC 2010 - Modern Techniques II
  • DANC 3010 - Modern Techniques III
  • DANC 4600 - Theory and Practice I, The Body as an Instrument
  • DANC 4800 - History of Dance