Introducing our New Executive Director

Susan Hicks

TAD has a new Executive Director! The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Susan Hicks will take over the position recently vacated by Chell Parkins, who relocated to New York City. We extend our deepest gratitude to Chell for her dedication to TAD over the past three years and we wish her the best in her next endeavors. 

Susan Hicks, a resident of Murfreesboro, has been involved with TAD as a dance parent and a volunteer at the Tennessee Dance Festival for the past several years. She is the Performing Arts Coordinator for the City of Murfreesboro and holds a B.S. in Integrated Studies with a Theatre and Photography Emphasis from MTSU. Susan is a skilled leader who brings expertise in program management, operations direction, strategic planning, and community engagement. 

In her words: “It is my firm belief that Dance allows for exchanges and interactions in the arts to be accessible, educational, communal, and transformative. Dance is ultimately a dialogue about the fundamental social values at work in that community. I am compelled to engage in the coordination, organization, and creative direction of Tennessee Association of Dance to spread the art of dance throughout our state for participants and spectators alike.”

Welcome, Susan! 

Registration for the 50th Tennessee Dance Festival “Fabulous 50: Shine On!” is open!

Important Dates

July 22/Registration Opens

September 3/ Spotlight Applications Due and Early Bird Registration Ends

September 9/ Audition and CAKSCP application deadlines

September 23/Online Registration Closes/Deadline to mail in Medical/Liability Release

Festival/September 27-29


Tennessee Association of Dance is a 501(c)(3) organization and 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. Tennessee Association of Dance provides services that support communication, collaboration, advocacy, leadership and education for a broad-based dance constituency.