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About the Program

Vanderbilt Dance Program provides a curriculum of dance classes in all areas and levels of expertise. We offer classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Pointe, Bharatanatyam (classical dance of India), Belly Dance, Flamenco, West African, Ballroom, Swing, and Salsa plus Pilates, Fitness, and Tai Chi. Instructors are extremely experienced and encourage students to reach their highest potential. Each class presents opportunities for students to enjoy the physical benefits of dance education as well as artistic, intellectual, and creative growth. We also host master classes, workshops and residencies with local and national dance professionals.

Every week we hold 45 classes of all styles and levels. Registration is open to Vanderbilt students and alumni, faculty and staff, and Nashville community dancers 12 years of age and older. Drop-ins are welcome at all classes at any point in the semester. The dance studios are located off the north lobby of Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym (See http://www.vanderbilt.edu/dance/about-the-program/directions/). The program offers live accompaniment with excellent musicians for some 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 dance company Momentum co-sponsors concerts with the Vanderbilt Dance Program. For more information about Momentum, look at their pages on Anchor Link and Facebook.

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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