Here is a listing I pull together of monthly dance happenings in the Nashville area, as a volunteer effort to help strengthen connections among local dancers and dance groups. If you would like to be added to this and be able to submit listings, click here to subscribe.
Greetings Dance Community,
Events and classes are picking back up, most notably this month with many dancers involved in the Kindling Arts Festival! I hope to see many of you there.
Please remember to utilize the Facebook Nashville Dance Community Page for postings and last-minute additions. I re-post all relevant dance events, classes, etc. posted on that page. Post your dance event to the FB page and I will add it to the page’s events. Online comprehensive listings are here. Instagram #NashvilleDanceCommunity.
August Dance Happenings
Circle Players Announces Auditions for
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
This jukebox musical includes favorites like I Will Survive, I Love the Nightlife, and It’s Raining Men
Auditions for all roles are August 1 & 2 at Circle’s Madison Square Shopping Center Rehearsal Space
Go to circleplayers.net for more information.
Join Boost Dance Academy for a FREE week of dance classes from August 2nd-August 7th! Try one or all classes and meet our fantastic staff! RSVP is required to hold your spot for this opportunity to explore different styles of dance! We have classes adult classes in Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, Jazz ,Heels and MELT! Come BOOST your potential with us! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot!
Learn some new Casino Rueda moves during Nashville Rueda’s bootcamp on Saturday, August 8, and then show them off at our social on Sunday!!!
PRICE IN ADVANCE:
$35 Bootcamp & Social
PRICE AT THE DOOR:
Venmo, Cash, or Card
August 7 @ 2:00 – 5:00 pm
SOCIAL DETAILS: https://fb.me/e/GqMgsmGB
August 8 @ 2:30 – 5:30 pm
Intro to Dance Church/Conscious Dance + Community Dinner
Sunday, August 2
Suggested investment: $10-20+
FOR MONTH OF AUG ONLY – bumping time back to help with hot days!
7:00 – 9:00 pm – class @ 2121 Gains Street, Nashville, TN
Dinner – join in community at a local restaurant immediately after
Single tickets for Nashville Ballet’s 2021-22 Season go on sale August 9! Featuring the return of family-favorite’s Peter Pan and Nashville’s Nutcracker, the highly anticipated revival of Paul Vasterling’s groundbreaking Lucy Negro Redux, and their annual Attitude series, you won’t want to miss this incredible line up of smash-hit sensations and stunning contemporary debuts. If you don’t want to wait, season ticket packages are available to purchase now here: https://bit.ly/2S4eQL6.
Move to Paint: Animal Spirit Edition facilitated by Amanda Cantrell Roche at Art & Soul Studio Friday, August 20 1-4 pm. Imagine what might happen if you painted from the impulse of your full body instead of primarily from your hands and head! What if wall-sized paper canvases allowed you to explore and stretch the boundaries of playing with paint? In this very popular and lively class you will expand your body awareness through guided visualization and movement, channel your animal spirit, and explore painting in the boundless dimension of air. From this space of awareness, freedom, and connection to self, you’ll explore what emerges on the canvas when freed to paint and make marks from an intuitive, fully embodied wisdom. $65 Register here: https://www.artandsoulnashville.com/bookings-checkout/move-to-paint-your-animal-spirit
Friday Night Frolic: Indra’s Net at Art & Sol Studio Friday, August 20, 6-7:30 pm. For trained as well as untrained dancers combines lightly guided exercises and games with a bit of whimsy, led by teaching artist Amanda Cantrell Roche, to create playful explorations of movement in a safe, communal, adult setting. This month we’ll revisit creating the colorful web of our connection using the metaphor of Indra’s Net, which explores the concepts of emptiness, connectedness, and interdependence. Participation is improvisational –- organic movement can be a profound and nourishing experience, as well as just plain fun! $20
Kindling Arts Festival returns August 25-28 with live programming at venues around Nashville’s West End and Centennial Park. You won’t want to miss these 4 days of local dance, theatre, aerial, interdisciplinary projects, art installations, and unexpected live arts experiences! Among the dance offerings are: IN PROFILE – a showcase of short-form choreography from Di Mossa, Becca Hoback, novel. dance, Lena Mazel + Skyler Levine, Numinous Flux, Amanda Reichert + Sarah Salim, and Alexandra Winer; CHIMERA, an aerial ode to classic circus from Suspended Gravity; GROUNDED: Experimental Performance Films featuring a range of cinematic dance works, including films from Blue Moves Modern Dance Company, Spencer Grady + Austin Flores, McKay House, Crystal Peattie, Caleb Peyman + Hannah McCarthy, and Satellite Dance; and TETHERED: VIGNETTES, a continued exploration of dance work from David Flores. Performances and screenings will be held at: OZ Arts Nashville, The Barbershop Theater, Nashville School for the Aerial Arts, and Ozari Events. Individual tickets range from $12-$20. Wildfire Weekend passes are available for only $85, and there’s a special 4-show Dance Package for just $55. If you’d like to mix-and-match the dance programming with some other experiences, there’s also a Women at the Wheel package that includes the dance showcase and Suspended Gravity, along with a ticket to the opening night party curated by Be Witched, a new theatrical experience created by Tessa Bryant, and the premiere screening of Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva’s SEVEN. For more information and to book tickets, visit: www.kindlingarts.com/2021-festival
At OZ Arts Nashville
IN PROFILE: An Evening of Dance from Nashville Choreographers
Featuring Di Mossa, Becca Hoback, novel. dance, Lena Mazel + Skyler Levine, Numinous Flux, Amanda Reichert + Sarah Salim, and Alexandra Winer
In Profile brings together some of the most distinct and exciting choreographers from Nashville’s thriving dance scene for an unmissable evening. The dynamic program of short contemporary dance explores our nostalgic relationship with the past, the physical limitations of the present moment, and dreams of what could lie ahead. The mix of movement styles includes solo works, group numbers, and installation-style choreography, representing the range of Nashville’s talented artists. Among the artists on the program are local staples Numinous Flux and Becca Hoback alongside welcome newcomers novel. dance and Di Mossa.
Wednesday, August 25th at 7:30pm
Thursday, August 26th at 7:30pm
GROUNDED: Experimental Performance Films
Featuring film creations by Blue Moves Modern Dance Company, Spencer Grady + Austin Flores, McKay House, Crystal Peattie, Caleb Peyman, and Satellite Dance
A mix of dance, music, sound design, poetry, and visual art combine to create a wide-ranging selection of performance films that explore our connection to self and community, to nature and the sublime. Grounded features eight collaborations between filmmakers, dancers, choreographers, poets, and other performers — together representing a unique fusion of live performance and cinematic experience that highlights an unpredictable year of artistic exploration, isolation, and realignment.
Saturday, August 28th at 6:30pm
At Nashville School for the Aerial Arts
CHIMERA: Under the Big Top
Suspended Gravity + Special Guests
Nothing is quite as it seems under the big top. Inside this circus tent, the impossible becomes possible and the boundaries of reality start to unravel, despite the Ringmaster’s best attempts. Join local circus legends from Suspended Gravity and an all-star list of special guests on their journey through a magical dreamscape that is elusive, yet familiar. Chimera is an ode to the classic circus experience with a dazzling surrealist twist, promising an incredible evening of aerial and spectacle.
Friday, August 27th at 8:00pm
Saturday, August 28th at 8:00pm
At The Barbershop Theater
TETHERED: VIGNETTES [working title]
Choreographed by David Flores
Further exploring the concepts and visual aesthetics that drove his buzz-worthy run of PRISM at OZ Arts earlier this year, visionary choreographer David Flores shares a series of vignettes of bodies tethered to the space around them and to each other. A series of visually stunning props constrain, entrap, and embrace the performers in the intimate black-box space, becoming expansions of the dancers’ bodies and their internal emotional landscape. Combined, these scenes portray a surrealistic picture of the human experience that immerses the viewer inside the visual experience.
Saturday, August 28th at 8:00pm and 9:30pm
Di Mossa is ready to be on fire for the Kindling Arts Festival! We are excited to be part of a spectacular line-up of fellow dance artists and an entire weekend of multiple offerings by performance artists. We perform Wednesday and Thursday August 25 and 26, 7:30pm @ OzArtsNashville
Link for all kinds of ticket packages here:
Ongoing and Fall Class Registrations
Fall enrollment is happening now at School of Nashville Ballet! Join them for classes ranging from traditional ballet to their high-energy DANCEFIX sessions. Whether you’re looking for a fun way to get active or reigniting a passion for dance, School of Nashville Ballet has offerings for every age, skill set, and schedule. Learn more or register now here: https://bit.ly/2UiW6bc.
Billy Ditty offers a new Adult Jazz class on Thursdays 5:30 to 6:30 pm at Bellevue Performing Arts Center (formally Bellevue Dance Center). This class is designed for the performer in everyone who knows what a Plié and a Pas de bourrée is, but has not done one in a while, or a performer that needs to continue training. This Jazz technique class will follow a Ballet class format building skills as we go. Currently open level. Try the first class free. More info: www.bellepac.com
Move with us! Tuesday classes in August with di Mossa: Centennial Park 1:30-3 August 3,10,17 drop-in $12
In addition to classes for children, the new St. Cecilia Dance Academy offers adult tap and fitness classes to persons 16 years and older. Please find more information and registration details at our website. We look forward to dancing with you! www.stcecilia.edu/scda
Kindling Arts Festival returns this August 25-28! Save the date! Kindling is back live, in-person programming at venues around Nashville’s West End and Centennial Park. You won’t want to miss these 4 days of local dance, theatre, aerial, interdisciplinary projects, art installations, and unexpected live arts experiences! Featured Venues include: OZ Arts Nashville, The Barbershop Theater, Nashville School for the Aerial Arts, Ozari Events, and more. A full line-up of participating artists and tickets to individual shows will be released in late July. In the meantime, if you want to access all of the programming options Kindling is offering this year, you can book an early-bird Wildfire Weekend Pass for just $55 through July 15th. More info + link to purchase passes at: https://www.kindlingarts.com/
This is a gathering of events I am aware of and by no means represents all that is going on in the Middle TN area. I provide it as a volunteer service to the local dance community as part of an effort to help us stay connected and support each other by raising awareness of local dance performances, workshops and events, and rely on those on the list serve to submit the listings.