The Dance Professionals' Summit

The Dance Professionals' Summit will take place at MTSU in Murfreesboro June 2-4, 2017.

This year's Summit, Wholistic Dance Education, will be led by cofounder of the Language of Dance Center, Dr. Tina Curran and cofounding member of National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), Patricia Cohen. Join us in professional development sessions exploring the legacies of George Balanchine and Pina Bausch, the connections between vernacular and concert jazz, the state and national dance standards, injury prevention and recovery, contact improvisation and social media as a tool for advocacy. 

The Tennessee Dance Festival!

Mark your calendars, the Tennessee Dance Festival is returning to Middle Tennessee State University September 30 and October 1, 2017!

The Festival is an exciting weekend of master classes and performances for dancers ages 12 and up. Highlights of the weekend are the Tennessee Dance Festival Spotlight, Cathie Ault Kasch Student Choreography Project, Connections! Members Showcase, and our scholarship audition class.

Our History

The Tennessee Association of Dance was chartered in 1971 to encourage and support the development of dance in Tennessee. TAD serves as a central source of information for Tennessee's dance constituencies. We report dance activities, employment opportunities, auditions, master classes and workshops, as well as issues of local and national importance to the field. 

The Association represents dance as an art form, as education, and as a profession to individuals and organizations as appropriate; and informs members of governmental issues that may impact dance in Tennessee. Members of the Association actively participate in statewide arts organizations, local and national dance related organizations, often holding leadership positions. 

The Tennessee Association is a non-profit corporation that receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts commission. The Tennessee Association of Dance is an equal opportunity employer; and provides equal opportunity to all applicants for employment, recipients of services and benefits of the Association and participants in Association programs without prejudice in regard to race, color, or national origin.

Our Mission

(TAD) is a statewide network of organizations and individuals dedicated to artistic excellence and committed to ensuring that dance is a vital and respected part of life for all Tennesseans. TAD provides services that support communication, fellowship, advocacy, leadership, and education for a broad-based dance constituency.

Become a member

Membership in the Tennessee Association of Dance procures inclusion in a statewide network of dance professionals, patrons, and organizations with the following benefits:

  • Receive all official Tennessee Association of Dance mailings.
  • Festival and selected workshop tuition discounts.
  • Special advertising rates, website links, priority referrals. 
  • Community with dancers in Tennessee and the surrounding areas.