Nashville Dance Community

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 listserve and receive the once-a-month call for submissions and monthly happenings, email me at

Greetings Dance Community,

October brings some wonderful, free festivals where you can see many local dance companies performing, including Southern Festival of Books, Celebration of Nations, and my favorite, Celebrate Nashville. I will be at Celebrate all day to see dances and soak in the culture, and also to premier my latest social justice work, “Braid”. Let us embrace our diversity as a community and continue to connect across cultures through the power of dance.

Congratulations to Kathryn Wilkening of Metro Parks Dance Division for receiving Tennessee Association of Dance’s 2017 Dance Advocate Award! This award recognizes individuals who are noted for generating interest in the art of dance at the local or state level. 

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.


October Dance Happenings

Manon Kouby and Windship Boyd will be teaching at New Dialect all week Oct 2-6, accompanied by Agathe Moubembe and Sabri Belaid . Manon Kouby will teach Mali dance Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with live music. Windship will teach Afro-contemporary dance on Monday and Wednesday.  Windship will teach Fridays at New Dialect until October 20th.  For more information :


Celebrate Nashville is a free international festival Saturday, October 7th at Centennial Park, featuring dozens of local dance groups in addition to international music, food, educational booths, and vendors. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


“Braid”, a new work by Amanda Cantrell Roche featuring Blue Moves, an international cast of guest artists dancers, and the voices of members of Nashville’s immigrant and refugee communities, premiers Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Celebrate Nashville Festival, 11:15 a.m. at the Community Stage (Musician’s Corner Area) Centennial Park FREE! This is a BIG Festival with multiple stages! Give yourself time to park and find our stage, near West End between the main entrance to the Park and McDonald’s.

Click here to see a short video of the Global Nashville Project in Progress

This project was made possible in part by Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, sponsors Metro Human Relations Commission, The Works, Theater Craft, and Islamic Center of Nashville, and community partners Global Education Center, Blue Moves, DancEast, abrasiveMedia, and Inspiraseans.


The Nashville Irish Step Dancers will be performing at the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival in Centennial Park on Saturday, October 7 at 10:15 am on the Children’s Stage.


CAAN conducts a free TaiChi Workshop at the 2017 Celebrate Nashville, Sat. 10/7, at 10:30 AM, at Community Corner, Centennial Park (info)   CAAN will present dances at the 2017 Celebrate Nashville Sat. 10/7, at 1;15 PM, at World Stage, Centennial Park? (info) This free program includes an excerpt from “BUILD,” was selected to perform at 2017 TN Dance Festival’s SPOTLIGHT concert; and traditional and contemporary dances

CAAN provides a free TaiChi Workshop at NPL Health Fair, Sat. 10/7, at 3:15 PM, at Goodlettsville ?Public ?Library(info)?

Manon Kouby will teach a two hour dance workshop on Mali dance at Centennial Park Performing Arts Studio from 3-5pm on Saturday October 14th. Only $10 ! To register :


Dance presentations by multiple dance artists at the Southern Festival of Books Performing Arts Stage – Church Street Park (across the street from the downtown Nashville Public Library). Free and open to the public.

Sat., Oct. 14

12:00 PM Mel’Keta’s Raghba: Bellydance

2:00 PM New Dialect presents HEAP: choreography by Banning Bouldin with improvisation by the New Dialect dancers

2:45 PM DancEast

3:00 PM Sisyphus Always Wins: contemporary dance choreographed by Erin Kouwe in collaboration with dancers James Barrett, Becca Place and Rebecca Steinberg

4:00 PM The Nashville Tap Experiment

4:30 PM Carrie Gant and Erin Kouwe

Sun., Oct. 15

3:00 PM Sankofa African Drum and Dance Company


The Nashville Tap Experiment Performing at the Southern Festival of Books, War Memorial Plaza, Nashville

Hey, Nashville Tap Fam! For the first time ever, the Nashville Tap Experiment, Nashville’s newest tap dance company, will be performing as a group! It will just be three of us, but nonetheless we will be appearing at Humanities Tennessee’s Southern Festival of Books as one of the dance acts on tap! No pun intended. 🙂

We will be taking the stage on Saturday afternoon, October 14, at 4 pm at the War Memorial Plaza in Downtown Nashville! It is FREE and open to the public, and we encourage you to stick around afterward and get to know us! We will try to provide some Facebook Live or Instagram Live broadcasts! Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for more information. We can’t wait to see you and perform for you!

New Dialect presents Embracing Diversity: H E A P Pop Up Installation Series

October 14 at 2pm – Southern Festival of the Book @ the State Capitol and Legislative Plaza

October 21 – Plaza Mariachi

Embracing Diversity: H E A P is an ongoing contemporary dance theater and site-specific installation series that draws on the movements and stories of people from diverse communities to create performances that challenge stereotypes, inspire inclusion, celebrate diversity, and reimagine the places we inhabit. 

The piece will continually evolve from location to location, as New Dialect’s creative team expands H E A P‘s movement vocabulary to include gestures and personal statements from audience members.

Join us in October for two completely different H E A P Pop Ups at the State Capitol and Plaza Mariachi! Admission is FREE to the public thanks to generous support from Metro and Tennessee Arts Commissions


Celebration of Nations is a FREE festival Saturday, October 14th in downtown Franklin, TN, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Some of the dance groups performing include Hispanic Family Foundation Folkloric Dance group, Glencliff High school Mexican Folk dance group, traditional Persian bellydance by Sherry Etemadi, and more. Jonell Mosser performs at 3 p.m.



Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Youth cast auditions – Tuesday, October 17th 5:00 pm. Auditions will be held at Middle Tennessee Youth Ballet, 137 Edenway Drive, White House, TN 37188. Open auditions for ages 6-18 with one or more years of ballet training. Performance is December 24th 2:00 pm at the RYMAN Auditorium. There is no charge to audition. If cast, there is a $50 fee due the day of casting. To register early please visit Moscow Ballet’s website.


Nashville Ballet’s Lizzie Borden with The Raven
Did she or didn’t she? Viewers will judge for themselves when Lizzie Borden’s real-life double homicide case of 1892 hauntingly unfolds on stage this Halloween. Acquitted for the brutal axe murders of her father and stepmother, Lizzie Borden’s notorious courtroom trial remains one of the most controversial and sensationalized in American history. Nashville Ballet’s gripping interpretation takes audiences into the mind of the woman embroiled in the scandal to show that there may be more to the story than previously thought. Plus, the world premiere of The Raven explores Edgar Allan Poe’s dark poem by blending movement with a classical score and elements of spoken word. Lizzie Borden with The Raven will take place for three performances at TPAC’s Polk Theater October 26-28


CAAN will be featured to perform at the “Music for Senior” at the Auditorium of Gordon Jewish Community Center. CAAN presents “Music and Dance, from Traditional to Modern”  on Thur, 10/26, at 10:30 AM. It is a free event for everyone. To reserve your free admission, please e mail CAAN’s artistic director is Jen-Jen Lin

Saturday, October 28th, 7 p.m., Global Education Center presents Ballet Plata y Oro, a group of senior women ages from 65 to 93 who study and perform both flamenco and Mexican folkloric dance traditions. Some of these amazing women, who are of Latino or Hispanic heritage, danced folklorico and/or flamenco in their youth while others are experiencing these dance forms for the first time. This performance will be a fun cultural event that helps to bring some of the most invisible Americans, our senior New Americans, into the light. Also on the program, Blue Moves and guest artists will present “Braid”, a dance by Amanda Cantrell Roche set to a score featuring voices from our immigrant and refugee communities in Nashville. $10, Father Ryan High School Theater.
This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts, in partnership with Tennessee Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, and Metro Nashville Arts Commission with additional support from HCA/Tristar Health.



An American in Paris at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center

Andrew Jackson Hall, Nashville, Oct. 31- Nov. 5.

 AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, the most-awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards®, brings its first national tour to Nashville with a one-week engagement at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall Oct. 31 – Nov. 5. Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas. Tickets are on sale now and available at, by phone at 615-782-4040 and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St.,in downtown Nashville.



The Nashville Pops Orchestra and DANCE FOR NASHVILLE Competition Looking for THREE MORE DANCE TEAMS. 

The New Nashville Pops Orchestra has invited professional Dancer and Competition judge, Travis Wall, to join them in their debut performance on Sunday, November 26th

at the Ryman auditorium for an evening of POPS, Music, with Lee Greenwood and Rhonda Vincent.

Dance for Nashville is a Dance Competition for dance studios and high school dance programs. Thirty dance teams will be joining together at the Ryman for an evening of dance. Openings for THREE MORE DANCE TEAMS.

The winning team will receive $5,000 and a 90 minute Master Class with Travis Wall at their studio/school on Monday, November 27th.

Register for Dance for Nashville at  Registration is free.

Audience tickets  $48 & $99 available online.  Each registered dance studio/school will receive two free tickets to Dance For Nashville and two free tickets to a VIP evening with Travis Wall Gala Event on Saturday, November 25th. For further inquiries, please contact Diane Cater, NPO Concert Coordinator, at 


Ongoing Classes and Groups


New Dialect Fall 2017 Community Classes: August 28-December 15, 2017

New Dialect launches it’s 5th year of open-to-the-public contemporary dance and improvisation classes for teens and adults of all ages, thanks to the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and Tennessee Arts Commission. 

**All Classes are available for Drop In, and discounted multi-Class Passes can be purchased on our website and at the door. Visit for details.


Morning Classes 

Mondays-Fridays from 9:30-11am at abrasiveMedia, 438 Houston St, Suite 257 

$12 Drop In.** 

Designed for advanced and professional dancers, Morning Classes provide professional development and research opportunities for instructors, choreographers, and student dancers in our community. Led by members of the Nashville Dance Community, classes include Contemporary Technique, Ballet for Contemporary Dancers, Contact Improvisation, Afro-Contemporary and more.

Evening Classes 

Wednesdays from 8-9:15pm at DancEast, 805 Woodland St, East Nashville

$15 Drop In.**

These Guided Improvisation sessions are designed for beginners, as well as experienced dancers. Led by New Dialect dancer, Rebecca Steinberg, participants are led through visual imagery and sensation based cues as a catalyst for creative self-expression.


Registration is now open for New Dialect’s Teen Intensive

December 18-22, Monday-Friday from 9:30-3:30pm at DancEast, 805 Woodland St in East Nashville

New Dialect’s Teen Intensive offers teens, ages 13-17, the opportunity to experience the rigor and process of being a dancer in a professional contemporary company for a week. Dancers will study contemporary technique and improvisation tools with members of New Dialect, and participate in creative process rehearsals with Banning each afternoon. The Intensive will culminate in a studio performance on Friday at 3pm.

For more details and to register your teen, visit:


5Rhythms Nashville SWEAT
 * Tuesdays October 10th and 24th (and every other Tuesday following) * 6:30 – 8:30pm @ Global Education Center West – Studio A (4822 Charlotte Ave. Nashville) $10 – 20 sliding scale. Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms® is a dynamic movement practice—a practice of being in your body—that ignites creativity, connection, and community. No dance experience required, everyone is welcome. Please come in clothes you feel comfortable moving in, bring your clean bare feet, water and some spare time before class begins to enter insolence, land, pay at the front door and stretch. See you on the dance floor!



Nashville Contact Improv has jams roughly ever other week at Friends Meeting House. Check the Facebook page for dates, or get on the email list by emailing



If you are new on this list: 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. If you prefer not to receive these monthly updates and the once-a-month call for listings, just let me know.


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. If you prefer not to receive these monthly updates and the once-a-month call for listings, just let me know.









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