The BFA in Fine and Performing Arts with an emphasis in Dance Education is the first dance education program in the state of Tennessee! Students graduating from this BFA degree program will be certified to teach K-12 in public school systems. Students in the Dance Education emphasis at The University of Tennessee at Martin have many options for studying dance.
The Dance Education Program serves students who want to:
- teach dance in a K-12 public or private school
- dance professionally
- open or teach in a private dance studio
- pursue a advanced studies in dance
Students who complete the Dance Education program at UT Martin find opportunities in the workplace. Students who complete the program and are certified to teach are typically hired as teachers within one year of graduation.
In our program, you’ll be given ample opportunity for performing. We believe you can’t succeed unless you participate. These opportunities include the UT Martin Dance Ensemble, Vanguard Theatre, dance workshops, off-campus performances, and festivals.
We strongly urge all dance education students seek state licensure to teach dance, K-12. There are however numerous opportunities for individuals with training and education in dance to continue in any dance or movement related field including dance therapy, physical training, private instruction, and performance/choreography. Students may also choose to continue their education into advanced studies in graduate or conservatory programs in dance.
Opportunities for membership in associated student organizations are an important part of student development. The UTM Dance Ensemble is the Dance Education program’s principle performance group, presenting a major concert each spring. The Visual Arts Society (Art, Art Education, and Graphic Design) and Alpha Psi Omega (National Theatre Honor Society) also support the efforts of the department and are important in the professional growth of students.
The spacious dance studio located in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center features a floating wood floor covered with a high performance dance surface. Mirrored walls, an excellent sound system, and an auxiliary performance space are also features of the facility. The 450-seat Harriet Fulton Theatre located in the Fine Arts Building is the sight of the annual spring dance concert.
Lecturer Sarah McCormick received her MFA in Dance from SUNY Brockport and is an experienced instructor, lecturer, performer, and choreographer of dance. Sarah has worked as an artist and instructor at every level. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to the instruction of dance, encouraging a cooperative environment that develops student preparation and student awareness.