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Dance South is excited to offer a diverse curriculum ranging from the pre-school student to the
advanced student, and strives to meet each student's individual needs, whether they are a
dedicated pre-professional or the individual who wants to learn the art of dance for fun. Dance
South is committed to the development of each student's fullest potential by offering a
positive, non-competitive, and value-centered atmosphere where every student will learn
proper dance technique from caring, professional instructors. The goal of the school is to
teach students of all levels and ages dance for enjoyment, while instilling in them a love and
appreciation of the art of dance.
Dance South Performing Arts is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE ®
National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high quality
artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child comprehensive set of
age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to
dance students of all ages and skill levels. Pre-Primary through Level 3 will be taught by ABT ®
Certified Teacher, Tiffany Payton, who has successfully completed the ABT ® Teacher
Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT ® National Training Curriculum.
Tiffany Payton is an ABT ® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT ®
Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT ® National Training
Offering classes in classical and contemporary ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical/modern, and
hiphop, Dance South focuses strongly on technique. Knowing that performance technique is
also crucial to a dancer's education, Dance South encourages students to further his or her
training through performance opportunities made available throughout the year.
The Company is Dance South's Youth Dance Ensemble. This group represents Dance South as
ambassadors for the cultural and performing arts, by promoting dance within the community.
They have been invited to perform for Disney World in Orlando, Florida, Jazz on Tap Dance
Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, Dance for the Cure, Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, many local
nursing homes, the Sumner County Symphony, and fund raising events for the American
Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Awareness Group. Seeing a need to further promote the arts
in our public schools, Dance South's Company works closely with the Middle Tennessee Youth
Ballet visiting the local elementary and middle schools at Christmas and/or National Dance
Week for performances and lectures. Dance South Company has joined the Middle Tennessee
Youth Ballet to present "mini versions" of full length ballets, "Peter Pan," "Alice in
Wonderland," "Serenade," "Who Cares," and "Rhapsody in Blue."
Dance South is the official training school for the Middle Tennessee Youth Ballet and the host
studio for the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker.