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, collaboration, 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.