"My time at MDF was always positive and encouraging. I would recommend this to any middle and high school student who is looking to pursue their dance education further."
Former MDF Participant
"I look forward to the festival each year. It always challenges me and encourages me to be a better dancer!"
Student registration for MDF is now closed. All educators may still register for teacher tracks through Friday, August 25th at 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:
The Mississippi Dance Festival is a 3-day festival for 7-12th grade dancers and their dance educators. Mississippi and the Gulf Coast are full of great dance programs—in schools, in studios, in afterschool programs, and more. MDF brings together dancers from all of these, to take classes, see performances, and celebrate the art form we all love… DANCE.
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For dance educators, MDF offers classes in topics relevant to and appropriate for both K-12 teaching settings and studio teachers/owners. Educators can opt to receive Continuing Education Units by participating in MDF. We are proud to be the first organization offering CEUs in Dance in the state of Mississippi, showing our commitment to supporting the work of current dance educators and to furthering excellence in our field.
MDF is hosted annually by the USM Dance Department, on the beautiful Hattiesburg campus of The University of Southern Mississippi.
Mississippi Dance Festival
"It was a wonderful dance experience for my students in a family type environment. The teacher classes were all focused on different aspects that are very beneficial to me in the classroom."
Public School Dance Educator
"I love bringing my daughter each year. The atmosphere is so inviting!"
Mother of MDF Participant