Dance

Hello and Welcome to Dance at East Tennessee State University!

Our program offers a wide variety of opportunities for anyone interested in dance -- from beginning enthusiast to advanced dancer. Our curriculum engages students in the exploration of dance as a cultural phenomenon, physical discipline, social activity, and performing art. Students have the opportunity to take courses in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, aerial (silks and low flying trapeze), musical theatre, ballroom, composition, improvisation, dance history, performance and production. We teach students the creative and technical skills essential to the artistic process of dance, supply them with knowledge of the dance discipline, and provide experiences and activities for all who love dance.

The Division of Theatre and Dance is an institutional member of both the American College Dance Festival Association and Tennessee Association of Dance; dance students regularly attend and perform at these and other conferences. In addition, our program produces an annual dance concert and student dance composition showcase. Check out our Auditions page for more information! 

We are committed to providing performance opportunities for students both on and off campus. Most recently, the ETSU Dance Theatre Ensemble traveled to Northern Kentucky University and premiered three dances: A Line in the Sand, The Physics of a Teardrop, and Get Me There, choreographed by Professor Cara Harker and members of the ETSU Dance Theatre Ensemble (a group of dance students invited yearly to perform at off campus venues). Travel was sponsored by the Division of Theatre and Dance/Department of Communication and the Honors College at ETSU.

Dance minors also have the opportunity to audition for ETSU's resident modern dance company, Mountain Movers. Contact Mountain Movers artistic director, for more information on becoming a member.

The Division of Theatre and Dance proudly supports the ETSU student club, Dance Marathon . Members of Dance Marathon at ETSU spend each year raising funds and interacting with Children's Miracle Network Hospital patients and their families. Each year of work will conclude with a 12-40 hour long celebration where the students stay on their feet through dancing, games, and entertainment. The organization will donate 100% of the funds raised directly to their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

Thank you for visiting our web page and we hope to see you in a dance class soon!