The Tennessee Association of Dance (TAD) hosts the 49th annual Tennessee Dance Festival, Raising the Barre Sept. 21-23 on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
The festival provides a weekend of dance events including master classes in a variety of dance techniques, summer scholarship and college auditions, and performances by professional, pre-professional, and university dance ensembles.
TAD invites nationally recognized dance artists to teach master classes to dancers ages 9 to 22. Techniques offered include ballet, classical modern, contemporary, jazz, tap, Afro-Haitian and contemporary hip-hop.
TAD presents three dance concerts at the Tucker Theatre during the festival. Tickets for each concert may be purchased at the door.
AspireDance Concert, scheduled at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 features performances by internationally celebrated Collage Dance Collective, Kizuna Dance and Staibdance. Tickets are $25.
The Cathie Ault Kasch Student Choreography Project, a choreography contest created to develop leadership and artistry in student choreographers, takes place at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Tickets are $5.
The Tennessee Dance Spotlight Concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, features quality dance organizations and programs in our state and region in an adjudicated concert. Tickets are $10.
The festival also includes college and summer scholarship auditions for students aged 14-21 interested in attending university and summer study programs.
TAD’s mission is to ensure that dance is a vital and respected part of life for all Tennesseans. We are excited to provide this unique dance training opportunity and to showcase to the public the quality companies and university groups in Tennessee, and our surrounding region.
The Tennessee Dance Festival is made possible in part by the generous support of the Tennessee Arts Commission. Visit the Tennessee Association of Dance website at tennesseedance.org for more information, class schedules, faculty bios, and to register for the festival.