Welcome to the Vanderbilt Dance Program

The Vanderbilt Dance Program provides a curriculum of dance classes in all areas and levels of expertise. We offer classes in Ballet, Contemporary Modern, Hip-Hop, Pointe, Tai Chi and Tap.  Instructors are extremely experienced and encourage students to reach their highest potential. Each class presents opportunities for students to enjoy the physical benefits of dance education as well as artistic, intellectual, and creative growth. We also host master classes, workshops and residencies with local and national dance professionals.

Every week we hold 20 classes of all styles and levels. Registration is open to Vanderbilt students and alumni, faculty and staff, and Nashville community dancers 18 years of age and older.  The dance studios are located off the north lobby of Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym The program offers live accompaniment with excellent musicians for some modern and ballet classes.

Performance opportunities are offered each school year for students enrolled in the performance classes and/or students who audition for Vanderbilt Dance Theatre. The student dance company Momentum co-sponsors concerts with the Vanderbilt Dance Program. For more information about Momentum, look at their pages on Anchor Link and Facebook.

Mission Statement:
The Vanderbilt Dance Program promotes education, artistic development, cultural enrichment, and intellectual growth in the field of dance for the Vanderbilt University and Nashville communities. Through professional instruction the program also develops and fosters opportunities in the performing arts for creative exchange, social enhancement and physical well-being.

Prospective Vanderbilt University students please note:  Vanderbilt Dance Program offers the highest quality of instruction possible and is a co-curricular program rather than a minor or major academic department.


Where are the dance classes held?
Our dance Studios are located inside Memorial gym, 210 25th Ave S. Our entrance is located on the side nearest West End Ave across from the parking garage.

Where do I park?
Metered parking on West End Ave, free (very limited) parking at Centennial Park, and paid hourly parking in the 2525 Garage by PF Changs (which can be validated by a Starbucks purchase). A map and more details are under About the Program at Directions and Parking.

Do I have to be a Vanderbilt student to take classes?
No. VDP is open to students, alumni, staff, faculty, and community members.

Do I have to be a dance major or minor to take classes? What if I have no prior experience at all?
Our classes are open to all levels of experience. You do not need to be a dance major or minor to take classes. This program is extracurricular, so there is no academic credit associated with it. Our beginner level classes are suitable for people who have never taken a dance class in their life. It’s a great opportunity to try something new!

How old are most of the students dancing in the program?
The minimum age is 18 years old. We have students ranging from 18 through retirement age in our classes. Most range between 18-35, which means you can take a beginner level class with zero prior experience and you won’t be surrounded by children.

Do I have to register for the whole semester of classes or can I drop in here and there?
You do not need to register for an entire semester if you don’t want to commit to coming to class every week. You can purchase a 5 Class Pass for $55.

Registering for class makes sure that you have a reserved space in that class if it fills up and it’s cheaper per class. Space in the class priority goes to registered students and then to drop ins on a first come first serve basis. It’s very uncommon for a class to be so full that we turn away a drop in dancer.

Can I register after classes have begun?
Yes, you can register online.

What level of dance classes do you have?
We offer Beginning through Advanced levels of classes in most styles and techniques. Check the Fall/Spring Class Schedule for specific classes of the semester.

What level am I? What if I haven’t taken a dance class in a number of years?
Use your best judgment to determine your placement. If you have prior experience from earlier in life, you will find that some of the movements and names come back quickly and some don’t. Keep in mind that technique declines without practice. Feel free to try out multiple levels before deciding which one to register for. Keep your drop in receipts and we can take those off the total registration cost.

If I don’t like the class I registered for or it doesn’t match the level I am looking for can I switch to another class?
Yes, please see the attendants. If the cost is the same then that is all you need to do. If the cost is different then you are responsible for the cost difference. We do not give refunds if the cost is less.

Who are the dancers in the program?
VDP have a wide range of dancers in our program from people who always wanted to take dance but never had the chance to working professional dancers. Our students are in class because they want to be there and want to learn and improve as dancers as well as have fun in dance class without the pressure of grades.

What is the refund policy?
VDP does not give refunds unless it involves a major life event (injury, loss of a family member, etc.). You can inquire about a refund by sending an email to artsandevents@vanderbilt.edu. Please include all information in the email (class, receipt number, why the refund is needed).

Studios A, B, and C Location: Vanderbilt Dance Program classes are held in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym. Walk down 25th Avenue. You’re looking for the walkway between the side of the gym (a large brick building) and the Kensington parking garage. If you see the gym doors facing 25th Avenue, walk to the right following the building and you should see the parking garage. Follow the path so the gym is on your left and the parking garage is on your right. Walk until the last set of doors on the gym (near the football field), which is the entrance to the dance studios. You will see a table set up in the lobby with desk attendants to sign you in for class, take your payment and/or registration as applicable, and answer any questions.

Parking: The method most convenient and recommended by VDP is to purchase a Parking Permit for $15 (valid for the whole semester) for the 25th Avenue Garage. NOTE: The garage with this parking permit is NOT the gym directly across from the studios. This garage is a short walk down the street from the studios. The pass allows you to enter from Highland Avenue, turn right immediately, and park on levels that are labeled Zone 3 Parking. You can purchase this permit at any time from the desk attendants (cash or check only in the studios).

Other parking options:
1. Park in metered spaces along West End.
2. Park at Centennial Park.
3. Pay for parking in the 2525 Garage, use entrance on 26th Avenue South. Details below.

2525 Garage Details:
If you buy something at Starbucks in the bookstore, you can ask to get your parking space validated to be free.
— Cost: First 30 minutes is free, each additional 30 minutes is $1 with a daily max of $10

Summer Dance Festival parking: Parking permit options is unavailable. Please see “Other parking options” above.