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Marcus Hayes

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Marcus Hayes, M.F.A.
Professor, Chair

TR 203
(931) 221-6371

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Marcus Hayes is Professor of Dance and African American Studies and is Chair of the Dept. of Theatre and Dance at Austin Peay State University (APSU) in Clarksville, TN, where he focuses on dance techniques, dance history, and choreography, as well as the African influences on social dances in the Americas.  He received a dual Bachelor of Arts in History and Theatre Arts: Dance from Beloit College (WI) and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Mills College (CA).  Hayes joined the faculty of APSU in fall 2006.  He is a past president of the Tennessee Association of Dance Board of Directors and currently serves a regional director for the American College Dance Association (ACDA) National Board of Directors.

Hayes performed and choreographed professionally with the Without Shoes Modern Dance Company and has taught dance for the Chicago Park District, the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Rockford College, and the School for the Rockford Dance Company. Hayes has been commissioned to create new work for Beloit College, Lambuth University, and Northeast High School. Guest teaching appointments include the Alabama Dance Festival, the Panoply Choreography Competition, Tennessee Association of Dance, and the City Youth Ballet. Hayes served as an adjudicator for the Panoply Choreography Competition, as well as the Distinguished Young Women scholarship program (formerly Junior Miss).

Marcus’ research interests include identity politics in performance, formal issues in choreography, site-specific choreography, and dramaturgy for dance. Additionally, his interests in African Diasporic Dance traditions led to travel, ethnographic research, and intensive study of the West African influences on the folk dances of Latin America, specifically Cumbia, Colombian Salsa and Mapalé (Colombia), Tango (Argentina and Uruguay), and Merengue and Bachata (Dominican Republic).  

He has worked with many noted dance artists including Molissa Fenley, Liz Lerman, Dr. Ruth Little, June Watanabe, Anne Westwick, Chris Johnson, Margaret Rennerfeldt, and Dr. Jin-Wen Yu. He was selected to participate in The Creative Gesture: Dramaturgy for Dance program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta, Calgary.

Hayes is the author of the textbook, Introduction to Dance: A Guide for Understanding Dance as an Art Form, available through Great River Learning at www.grtep.com.