Marcus Hayes, M.F.A.
Marcus Hayes is Associate Professor of Dance and Director of the Dance program at Austin Peay State University, focusing on dance techniques, dance history and choreography. He received a dual Bachelor of Arts in History and Theatre Arts: Dance from Beloit College in Wisconsin and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance with a concentration in Choreography from Mills College in California. Marcus joined the faculty of APSU in fall 2006. He is the immediate past-president of the Tennessee Association of Dance Board of Directors and serves on the National Board of Directors for the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA).
He performed and choreographed professionally with the Without Shoes Modern Dance Company and has taught dance technique for the Chicago Park District, the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Rockford College, and the School for the Rockford Dance Company. Marcus’ research interests include post-identity politics in performance, formal issues in choreography, site-specific choreography and most recently the West African influences on the folk dances of Latin America.
He has worked with many noted dance artists including Molissa Fenley, June Watanabe, Anne Westwick, Chris Johnson, Margaret Rennerfeldt, Jin-Wen Yu, and Maria Castello.