Core Curriculum

// Ballet I, II // Modern I, II // Improvisation I, II // Composition I, II // Senior Focus


The on-site audition for Dance includes a series of performances. No portfolio submission is required.

  • Short classes in ballet and modern dance (a 20th century contemporary art form of concert dance that has developed throughout the world for more than a century. Modern dance allows for greater freedom in the torso, expressiveness, and movement experimentation, utilizing bare feet, parallel foot positions, and floor work). A dance teacher will demonstrate all of the dance combinations.
  • Applicants should come with a prepared 60-second solo. All music should be on CD. No costumes allowed.

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Tammy StanfordTammy Stanford holds an MFA from Montclair State University and BFA in Dance from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is founder of the Dance department and Movement Specialist for Theatre at MSA. She was awarded MSA’s Teacher of the Year for 2016 and Thad Cochran Distinguished Arts Educator in dance from the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education in 2004. Ms. Stanford is chair of the dance writing committee and trainer for MS Department of Education’s Visual and Performing Arts Framework. She has been a member of the Teaching Artist Roster for the Mississippi Arts Commission and provided dance programing for agencies, schools and universities throughout Mississippi. She has graduate training in Process Pedagogy with the National Dance Institute. She has received recognition for choreography, teaching, and directing of over twenty years of concert stage performances.

“When our students go on to the university level, our goal is that they’re a year ahead of their peers, sometimes two.”



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