About Us

The Mississippi Dance Festival is a three-day dance intensive taking place September 7th – 9th on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus. It is designed to serve Middle and High School pre-professional dance students and K-12 professional dance educators as well as traditional classroom teachers who seek to further their knowledge of and experience in dance through a diversity of master dance technique classes and forums, and other educational, social and performance experiences. The Mississippi Dance Festival was founded and is annually directed by USM dance professors Elizabeth Lentz-Hill and Julie White. Festival instructors and performers include dance professionals from throughout the Gulf South, with special guest artist. Steve Zee.

It is the mission of the festival, in its sixth year, to support the many excellent K-12 dance programs and studios throughout the region, as well as our colleagues in K12 traditional classrooms, by providing valuable training and learning opportunities for those who are deeply invested in quality standards-based dance and interdisciplinary education in Mississippi and the surrounding states. For more information, please contact Julie White, USM Dance Department Dance Education Director and Mississippi Dance Festival Education and Registration Director, at Julie.H.White@usm.edu or julescargo@gmail.com.


MDF Fees

Festival fees include dinner at the Friday night social, six master dance classes (including Friday night’s social dance class), admission to the MDF concert, participation in the Improv Jam (Saturday) and Student Showing (Sunday), and an MDF T-shirt.

* Student $125 (additional $75 for pre-professional intensive)

* Teacher $50 ($75 if pursuing CEUs)
* Observer/Parent $40 (includes t-shirt)
* Please note that an optional meal plan is available for an additional fee ($20)


Registration Deadline and Requirements

Pre-Registration: beginning Monday, May 4th (starting at 9 AM)

Final Registration: Friday, August 24th (5 PM)

In order for registration to be considered complete and guaranteed festival participation to be possible, the following documents, deadlines, and payments must be met:

* MDF Registration Form
* MDF Confirmation and Liability Form
* Payment (remaining balance is pre-registered or in full if not) by Friday, August 25th at 5 PM on-line via the MDF website.


***Pre-registration is available and encouraged in order to secure a spot at the festival, and opens Monday, May 14th. Historically, MDF has had a waiting list of 25 or more students each year. A $50 pre-registration fee (non-refundable but transferable under extreme and pre-approved circumstances) is required.***