Tennessee Dance Professionals’ Summit
June 2 @ 5:00 pm - June 4 @ 5:00 pm
This year’s Summit, Wholistic Dance Education, will focus on a wholistic approach to teaching dance in every classroom. The Summit will open with a screening of PS Dance! which will be deconstructed through the lens of national and state dance standards with guidance from lead facilitator Dr. Tina Curran. Dr. Curran is the director of the BFA Dance: UTeach Dance program at the University of Texas at Austin in the College of Fine Arts, Department of Theater and Dance. She is a cofounder, with Ann Hutchison Guest, of the Language of Dance Center (USA) and teaches on the faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory at the Harkness Dance Center in New York City. Her areas of research explore dance literacy, living dance legacy, and teacher preparation and professional development. Workshops at the Summit will be lead by jazz, modern and ballet teachers with national reputations and will focus on a student centered teaching approaches that are culturally relevant and challenge dancers’ technical abilities. Workshops will include functional anatomy and injury prevention through technical training, embodied learning of historical legacies, partnering through contact improvisation, utilizing social media to create dance works that advocate for dance programs and jazz dance in a cultural and historical context.