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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--a
s art, 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.
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Check out the line up! We can’t wait to see you at the festival. 🙂
TAD invites all CHOREOGRAPHERS, DANCE EDUCATORS, ARTISTS, COACHES and SCHOLARS interested in presenting at our 55th annual conference to submit applications for panels, movement sessions, lectures, workshops, performances and learning opportunities.
Priority will be given to proposals that address the conference theme.
Types of proposals you can submit:
Workshops (skills building or technique)
Deadline for Submission: February 18, 2022
Strong Magic is a 3-day guided dance retreat of wellness-centered experiences for the holistic, strong and magical dancer in each of us. Through performances, classes and other creative learning opportunities, this year’s festival is dedicated to the past, present and future of dance in the state of Tennessee. With over 200 artists, educators and dance enthusiasts as participants, the festival and conference aligns dance communities across the state, to carry dance into the next era of art making.
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Tennessee Dance presents a 3-day guided dance retreat centered on holistic wellness for dancers.
✨Save the Date! ✨
Register now to learn from a very special guest who’s going to share how to become the “go to” dance studio in your community! With 14 years of experience owning her own very successful studio under her belt, Shannon Westveer is the real deal. Shannon was a member of the the Dance Studio Owners Association (DSOA) Inner Circle before she began coaching other studio owners. Today, she has officially joined the team as the DSOA Inner Circle Program Manager. The DSOA delivers industry-leading resources to help studio owners grow their dream dance studio, while also reclaiming their life outside the studio walls.
TAD Professional Summit
Register Here: www.tennesseedance.org
Dance Studio Owners Association
DANCE teachers! Get ready to bring back some knowledge to your classroom after this weekend’s master class with Bill Evans Somatic Dance Institute. This class and others will bring new inspiration to your classroom at our virtual Professional Summit!
6 classes- Only $90 for members, $120 for non-members.
Ticket Link on website: www.tennesseedance.org
Bill Evans started developing his own approach to the teaching of modern dance technique in 1968, when he was a member of the Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) and was invited by Virginia Tanner to teach the advanced teens in her renowned creative dance program at the University of Utah. His work fused influences from classical ballet and the classic modern style in which he was immersing himself—Limón, Graham, Cunningham and Nikolais. He was also strongly influenced by the writing and lectures of Margaret H’Doubler, and he also drew heavily on his many years of immersion in rhythm tap dance as he created a highly personal dance style.
In 1976, Evans invited Peggy Hackney to join his dance company. Ever since then, he has integrated the theories and language of the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System into his teaching of dance technique. Other influences have been applied kinesiology, particularly as taught by Karen Clippinger, and other somatic studies, including Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement, Body-Mind Centering and Functional Awareness.
We can’t believe we get to Zoom meet Misty Lown in just a few days for our Professional Summit 2021.
Learn more about More Than Just Great Dancing, some strategies that have helped dance studios, and how it can help you.
Here’s Misty’s bio:
Join Misty Lown, founder of More Than Just Great Dancing!®, for a 90 minute master class on the journey to stabilize, optimize and maximize your studio business in 2021 and beyond.
Misty Lown is the founder, president, and energized force behind More Than Just Great Dancing® - A licensed dance studio affiliation program that has a positive impact on over 100,000 dance students around the globe each week. She is also the owner of Youth Protection Advocates in Dance - an educational company.
Her dance studio, Misty’s Dance Unlimited, founded in 1998 and named a “Top 50 Studios in the Nation” by Dance Spirit Magazine has provided $500,000 in scholarship for dancers. Misty has been a speaker for every major dance industry event and has authored over 100 industry articles.
She is a sought-after speaker and business leader. She has been recognized as “Teacher of the Year” by Eclipse, “Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year” by the YWCA and awarded the “Pope John XXIII Award for Distinguished Service” by Viterbo University, the “Philanthropy Award” from the local Red Cross, the “President’s Award” from the La Crosse Area Development Corporation and the “President’s Award” from the Association of Professional Fundraisers.
Misty is an entrepreneur and builder at heart. In addition to her dance studio and licensing program, she owns a dancewear store, self-storage business and is a managing partner in a family real estate business. She is the author of One Small Yes an Amazon #1 Bestseller that has been translated to Korean and Indonesian. Misty’s favorite part of the day is spending time with her husband and five beautiful children.
Check our website to register: www.tennesseedance.org
We are sooo excited about this year’s Professional Summit! Whether you are a dance teacher or dance administrator we have classes for you to improve your skills now.
From the comfort of your own home (virtual)
Click here for more info: www.tennesseedance.org
A master class for teachers with with Lauren Giordano Whittington from wherever you are?! YES PLEASE!
Gus is known throughout the world as the "Godfather of Jazz Dance".
Experience Gus' outstanding Jazz technique at his school founded with wife, Peg in 1953.
GUS’ one day Intensive is the perfect introduction to his Jazz technique for dance teachers. Experience how to teach Gus Giordano Jazz to children beginning at age 4 to 19. GUS Teacher Training includes excerpts from the Anthology of American Jazz Dance, Gus Giordano’s philosophy, his history and much more.
We are so excited for our teachers at the Professional Summit to take Lauren’s class and others June 12th-13th. Virtual. Plus learn how you can receive scholarships to attend full programs for teacher training and admin coaching for TAD members.
Ok teachers (and administrators), you know you want to learn more and better ways to teach acro! With acrobatic dance becoming more and more popular, we want to make sure our teachers are teaching in the safest way possible. Acrobatic Arts is a foundational program for AcroDance taught over 12 levels in progression; with each level building on the pervious level’s requirements. Theory classes including anatomy and choreography as well as practical classes in spotting ensure that Acrobatic Arts Certified Teachers understand how to properly introduce skills with excellent technique in a safe and fun environment. Innovative tools like the Acrobatic Arts App, Analyze Student and Progress Charts engage and motivate dancers and teachers to excellence.
Take the master class in Acrobatic Arts (and more!) at TAD’s Professional Summit 2021!
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We can’t wait to learn more about Teacher Training program at our Professional Summit 2021!
Discover freedom through alignment with Maeva Movement's Pilates Mat Teacher Training Program. Developed by master trainer, Laurel Desmarais, this program utilizes the Pilates repertoire to develop refined movement skills. Pilates is a system of exercises designed to encourage whole body health by integrating the mind, body and spirit through breath and dedication. Pilates Mat is the perfect compliment to the human toolbox and has been proven to reduce injury, improve performance and promote a joyful movement experience. The Maeva Movement Program provides an extensive education in contemporary Pilates Mat to utilize in a variety of settings.
Did you know all of these programs are eligible for the Judy Woodruff Professional Development Scholarship? That’s right! TAD will help pay for your teacher training!
Receive and master class and learn more about Maeva Movements certification and more June 12-13th. Virtual.
We are so excited to have Emily Thomas from helping to get our dance administrators on track to an organized, profitable, and efficient business during our Professional Summit 2021! Remember, there are TWO tracks this year: Dance Teacher, and Dance Administrator (you can find Emily’s class on the Admin Track)
Jackrabbit is a leader in online class management software. From online registration, class management, time clocks, point of sale, payment and billing processing, costume and recital management and reporting, Jackrabbit has it all to help you reach all your goals!
Emily has been passionate about children and families for most of her life and has been uniquely involved in the education and business side of the childcare and activities industries for over 10 years. She is currently leading the Marketing team at Jackrabbit Technologies, parent company of Jackrabbit Class, Dance, Swim, and Care editions.
TAD’s Professional Summit.
Link in bio to register.
At TAD we are working hard to spread dance to more Tennesseans. That’s why we are so excited to learn about Royal Academy of Dance’s Silver Swans program (and others!) at our Professional Summit 2021: Certification Sampler. This training focuses on devising and delivering safe and inclusive ballet classes for older learners, and providing teachers with strategies for effective ballet teaching for mixed-ability older learners.
At the sampler we will get a 1.5 hour virtual master class (so you’ll have information to take back to your classroom right away) and learn how you can become fully licensed as an RAD Silver Swans Teacher. Dance Teachers get ready to be inspired, energized, and ready to spread your love of dance in 2021!
Thank you for partnering with us and sharing more information about this incredible program.
There are two tracks in the Professional Summit; A TEACHER Track and an ADMINISTRATOR Track. That’s right, weather you spend more time on the office or the studio, we’ve got something for you (And if you split your time, you are welcome to alternate between tracks to take the classes most suited for you!)
Register through the link in our bio
AND it’s live!!!! You can now register for this virtual event to try out half a dozen master classes in various programs! See something you like? Many organizations are offering discount codes specifically for those in attendance!
Get that early bird pricing and register now! 🤸♂️ check the website to see our schedule. We can’t wait for you to experience these world renowned organizations!
Get ready for an incredible Professional Summit 2021: *Certification Sampler* a virtual experience to sample many different certification programs.
Considering expanding your knowledge in a certain area of teaching or running your dance business? This is the place for you!
TAD is bringing together experts from international certification and coaching programs to help you rise to new heights in 2021!
Experts will provide a master class allowing you to bring back bits of knowledge to your classroom and business. They will also explain everything covered in their program so you can dive deeper in your area of study.
PLUS attend our virtual luncheon on Sunday, June 13th to get discount codes to the certification programs and information about the Judy Woodruff Professional Development Scholarship so that TAD can financially support YOU in your certification goals!
Y’all don’t want to miss this!
Registration opens tomorrow, May 7th.
Check the link in our bio for schedule of presenters (You’ll be amazed at who we got!)
Set your alarms for tomorrow at 6 pm! Link in bio for more info!
Tomorrow is the day! Support your local charities! The Community Foundation of Rutherford County
(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 br...
Board Member Highlight! Michael Medcalf
Wow, just wow. 🔥
HUGE CONGRATS to Board member .allenjr for his amazing performance at the 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
“I can’t even wrap my head around what just happened! I have always dreamed of dancing at the Super Bowl, and this weekend it all became a reality!!!
I would like to start off by thanking God for giving me these gifts and allowing me to be a a storyteller through my body! I want to thank my mom and dad for signing me up for dance and for being a constant support! I want to thank my brother and for being my biggest supporters since day 1! I want to thank CCA, and for giving me the foundation and the rigor that was needed. Thank you to all my aunties, cousins, uncles and family friends that supported me throughout all these years!
I remember being a kid and pretending like I was dancing for a celebrity, and traveling to do what I love. This week it all became a reality! Thank you for trusting me to represent your agency, thank you for giving a little black boy from Chattanooga the opportunity of a lifetime. Thank you for creating an iconic show and for trusting me with your incredible choreography! Lastly, thank you to for brining together so many black boys to perform on the worlds biggest stage!
I will forever be grateful for this moment!!! Thank you all so much! Ahhhhh!!”
Join volunteers from Belmont, Fisk, Lipscomb, Meharry, Nashville State, Tennessee State University, Trevecca and Vanderbilt, as well as other area colleges and universities in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by taking some time to volunteer virtually on MLK Day!
Reaching into a New Year...
Original photography from TAD Festival 2018: Martin O'Connor Photography
Edit: Brie Timmons
Choreography: Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts Caio Modolo de Godoy
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