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About the Program

Vanderbilt Dance Program provides a curriculum of dance classes in all areas and levels of expertise. The program offers classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Pointe, Irish, Contact Improvisation, Choreography, Bharatanatyam (classical dance of India), Belly Dance, Ballroom, Swing, Salsa and Latin plus Pilates, Yoga and Zumba. Instructors are extremely experienced and encourage students to reach their highest potential. Each class presents opportunities for students to experience the physical benefits of dance education, as well as provides opportunities to enhance artistic, intellectual and creative growth. In addition, the dance program hosts master classes, workshops and residencies with local and national dance professionals.

Some 45-55 classes are scheduled each week and are held in the Vanderbilt Dance Program studios . Registration is open to Vanderbilt students, faculty/staff and Nashville community dancers 14 years of age and older. Drop-ins are welcome at all classes unless otherwise noted. The studios are located off the north lobby of Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym. The program offers live accompaniment with excellent musicians for all modern and ballet classes.

Performance opportunities are offered each school year for students enrolled in the performance classes and/or students who audition for Vanderbilt Dance Theatre. The student performing company, Momentum cosponsor concerts with the Vanderbilt Dance Program. Students in this company choreograph and perform their own original work in concerts and special events on and off campus. The student chairs of Momentum are Julianne McGee.

Mission Statement:
The Vanderbilt Dance Program promotes education, artistic development, cultural enrichment, and intellectual growth in the field of dance for the Vanderbilt University and Nashville communities. Through professional instruction the program also develops and fosters opportunities in the performing arts for creative exchange, social enhancement and physical well-being.

*Prospective Vanderbilt University students please note:  Vanderbilt Dance Program offers the highest quality of instruction possible and is a co-curricular program rather than a minor or major academic department.

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