Dance Education Resources


  • Tennessee Association of Dance (TAD)

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, fellowship, advocacy, leadership, and education for a broad-based dance constituency.

Visit the TAD website for a list of organizational members across the state. Links directly to their websites can give your further information about individual programs.

  • National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)

“NDEO provides professional development, networking forums, honor societies, journals, research and advocacy tools for teachers, administrators and students in the field of dance arts education. Our members teach multiple dance genres in a variety of environments including, but not limited to, K-12 schools, dance studios, colleges and community centers.”

  • Arts Schools Network

Arts Schools Network is a non-profit association founded in 1981, dedicated to its mission to provide leaders in arts schools with quality resources, support, and networking opportunities. Our vision is to be the premier resource for arts schools leaders.

  • Dance USA

Established in 1982 as the national service organization for the professional dance field, Dance/USA is a membership organization currently serving nearly 500 aerial, ballet, modern, culturally specific, jazz, and tap companies, dance service and presenting organizations, individuals, and related organizations.

  • Dance Educators of America

The Performing Arts Branch host conventions and competitions in one or more of the following disciplines: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Character, and Acrobatics/Gymnastics. 

The Educational Branch sponsors teacher training sanctioned by the University of Nevada at Las Vegas with college credit eligibility.

State and Local Arts Councils

These are places to begin searches of available grants and other important resources.

  • Tennessee Arts Commission

The Tennessee Arts Commission was created in 1967 by the Tennessee General Assembly with the special mandate to stimulate and encourage the presentation of the visual, literary, music and performing arts and to encourage public interest in the cultural heritage of Tennessee. The mission of the Tennessee Arts Commission is to cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities.

  • ArtsBuild

Established in 1969, ArtsBuild (formerly Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga) is a private, nonprofit united arts fund and arts council. ArtsBuild provides a united voice for all cultural organizations and activities in Hamilton County.

Arts Advocacy

  • Americans for the Arts

The mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Connecting your best ideas and leaders from the arts, communities, and business, together we can work to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts.

  • Tennesseans for the Arts

TFTA's mission-and our passion-is to advocate for the arts at all levels as a strong, unified voice throughout Tennessee. We actively support local arts organizations and the work of the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Local Dance Companies and Organizations

  • Ballet Tennessee

Ballet Tennessee is a nationally recognized company of professional dancers and dedicated professional-track students. Based in Chattanooga since 1987, the company is committed to providing the community with high caliber dance in performance and instruction to people of all ages, races, abilities, and economic backgrounds.

  • Chattanooga Dance Theatre

Chattanooga Dance Theatre is the primary location for concert dance in the Chattanooga area. Classes are taught in a fun and creative environment with students learning classical and contemporary forms of movement.

  • Chattanooga Ballet

“Chattanooga Ballet is recognized as one of Tennessee’s leading dance organizations.”

  • Contemporary Performing Arts of Chattanooga

CoPAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the work of contemporary performing artists in the Southeast as well as outside of the region. We are committed to supporting and presenting work that challenges the barriers that inhibit new growth and exploration and that push outside the prescribed boundaries of the performing arts. We seek to serve the community through outreach programs, arts projects and classes.

Helpful Resources

  • Tennessee Department of Education

Fine arts academic standards include separate sets of standards for each of the four arts: dance, music, theater, and visual art.

  • National Core Arts Standards – Dance

  • Dance Heritage Coalition

National alliance of institutions holding significant collections of materials documenting the history of dance

  • National Dance Institute

National Dance Institute (NDI) was founded in 1976 by Jacques d’Amboise in the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage children and motivate them toward excellence. Model programs and teacher training.

  • Arts Alive

Dance lovers, students and teachers: this is where you'll find engaging and interactive educational resources, videos, games, learning tools and a wealth of information designed to build your understanding of and appreciation for dance.

  • Arts Education Partnership

AEP is a national network of organizations dedicated to advancing the arts in education through research, policy and practice. Our vision is that every student in America succeeds in school, work and life as a result of a high quality education in and through the arts.

  • ArtsEdge

The Kennedy Center instituted ARTSEDGE in 1996 as its educational media arm, reaching out to schools, communities, individuals and families with printed materials, classroom support and Internet technologies.

  • PBS

Search “Dance” for various streams, downloads, teacher resources

Case studies and background information about successful dance education programs in public schools:

  • A documentary film about dance in NYC public schools with a tool kit and resources for other districts to begin building dance programs

  • NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning Dance

  • How Collective Action Revitalized Arts Education in Boston


  • Early Theatrical Dance History

Louis XIV

Jean Baptiste Lully

Pierre Beauchamps

Auguste Vestris

Marie Anne de Cupis de Camargo

Marie Salle´

Jean Georges Noverre

Marie Taglioni

Carlotta Grisi

Fanny Cerrito

Lucille Grahn

August Bournonville

Fanny Elssler

Jules Perrot

  • 19th & 20th century Ballet

Marius Petipa

Enrico Cecchetti

Lev Ivanov

Mathilde Kschessinka

Michel Fokine

Serge Diaghilev

Agrippina Vaganova

Anna Pavlova

Tamara Karsavina

Vaslav Nijinsky

Bronislava Nijinska

Leonide Massine

Ruth Page

George Balanchine

Agnes DeMille

Antony Tudor

Jerome Robbins

Eliot Feld

Robert Joffrey

Ninette de Valois

Frederick  Ashton

Kenneth Macmillan

Marie Rambert

Margot Fonteyn

Galina Ulanova

Maya Plisetskaya

Alicia Alonso

Rudolf Nureyev

Natalia Markarova

Arthur Mitchell

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Maurice Bejart

Gelsey Kirkland

Suzanne Farrell

Edward Villella

Peter Martins

  • 19th & 20th Century Modern, Jazz, Tap, Modern

Isadora Duncan

Ruth St. Denis

Ted Shawn

Mary Wigman

Doris Humphrey

Charles Weidman

Martha Graham

Lester Horton

Jose Limon

Katherine Dunham

Erick Hawkins

Alvin Ailey

Judith Jamison

Paul Taylor

Alwin Nikolais

Merce Cunningham

Twyla Tharp

Mark Morris

David Parsons

  • Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater

Busby Berkley

The Nicholas Brothers

Fred Astaire

Gene Kelly

Agnes DeMille

Gus Giordano

Bob Fosse

Gregory Hines

Savion Glover

List of various dance companies:

  • Dance Educators of America

Reading and Video Resources

  • Dance Magazine

  • Dance Teacher Magazine

  • Pointe Magazine

  • Dance Spirit Magazine


Visit the NDEO Resource link for works authored by NDEO members


Publishers of Dance Books and DVDs:

Human Kinetics

Dance Horizons

Some Specific Titles of Interest

Teaching Dance –Creative Movement, Modern, Composition

  • Creative Dance for All Ages by Anne Green Gilbert
  • Teaching Dance- A Dance Teaching Methodology Book by Cheryl Ann Crouch
  • Teaching Dance As Art in Education by Brenda Pugh McCutchen
  • Harnessing the Wind, The Art of Teaching Modern Dance by Jan Erkert
  • Partnering Dance and Education by Judith Lynne Hanna
  • Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance- 2nd Edition by Eric Franklin
  • Modern Dance Forms By Louis Horst & Carroll Russell
  • Dance Anatomy by Jacqui Greene Haas
  • Dance Teaching of Lester Horton by Marjorie Perce
  • Introduction to Modern Dance Techniques by Joshua Legg
  • Modern Dance Terminology: The ABC’s of Modern Dance as Defined by its Originators by Paul Love
  • Basic Concepts in Modern Dance: A Creative Approach by Gay Cheney
  • Intimate Act of Choreography by Lynne Anne Blom
  • Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation- 3rd Edition by Sandra Cerny Minton
  • Dance Composition Basics: Capturing the Choreographer’s Craft by Pamela Anderson Sofras
  • The Art of Making Dances by Doris Humphrey


  • Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet by Gail Grant
  • Classical Ballet Technique by Gretchen W. Warren
  • Teaching Classical Ballet, by John White
  • Both Sides of the Mirror, the Science & Art of Ballet by Anna Paskevska
  • Ballet, From the First Plie to Mastery by Anna Paskevska
  • Ballet Beyond Tradition by Anna Paskevska
  • Ballet Pedagogy: The Art of Teaching by Rory Foster
  • 100 Lessons in Classical Ballet: The 8 years Program by Vera S. Kostrovitskaya
  • The Pointe Book: Shoes, Training, Technique by Janice Barringer
  • Inside Ballet Technique: Separating Anatomical Fact from Fiction in the Ballet Class- by Valerie Grieg

History, Production, Dance Injuries, Jazz, Tap           

  • Ballet and Modern Dance, A Concise History by Jack Anderson
  • The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use it for Life by Twyla Tharp
  • American Dance: The Complete Illustrated History by Margaret Fuhrer
  • Balanchine’s Complete Stories of the Great Ballets by George Balanchine & Lincoln Kirstein
  • Jazz Dance, The Story of American Vernacular Dance by Marshall & Jean Stearns
  • Jazz Danceology by Marcus Alford & Marsha Proser Cohen
  • What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing by Brain Seibert
  • TAP! The Greatest Tap Dance Star and Their Stories 1900-1955 by Rusty Frank
  • Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History by Constance Valis Hill
  • The Tap Dance Dictionary by Mark Knowles
  • Dance, the Art of Production, Joan Schlaich & Betty DuPont, Editors
  • Staging Dance by Susan Cooper
  • Dance Injuries, their Care & Prevention by Daniel D. Arnheim
  • The Dancer’s Book of Health by L. M. Vincent

You Tube Dance Videos

Dance History: