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,
As I put these listings together, I am wonderfully physically drained and relaxed ~ that feeling you get after dancing hard and then taking care of your body. A salt float was just the thing after a week of taking two days of the Stephanie Zaletel intensive, a New Dialect morning contemporary class, several classes at Global’s Black Dance Festival, and the Malpaso Dance masterclass presented by OZ Arts. We are so fortunate to have so many opportunities to dance together, and ones that are both challenging and accepting of different abilities ~ something I’m more and more grateful for as I age and want to keep this body in motion. I do wish there were more crossover among the different communities in taking other’s classes and attending performances. Maybe it just takes us all communicating and inviting each other more often.
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May Dance Happenings
Global Education Center’s festival culminates on Sunday, May 1 1:00 pm at Father Ryan Center for the Arts with a concert, Black Dance in America, a theatrical production showing the journey from Africa to The Americas and the evolution of dance from traditional West African to early dances like Cakewalk to the clubs of the 1920’s-30’s in Harlem, to the fusion that created styles like tap, jazz, and disco, to the street dancing of the 80’s, popular line dances, and the hip hop culture that exists today juxtaposed with the evolution of dance in Latin America that rose to popularity as the Latin dance scene in American. $20 For info https://www.globaleducationcenter.org/black-dance-fest.html
Becca Hoback shares an excerpt of a solo work in progress at DancEast’s Sound in Color performance Sunday, May 1 at 6 pm at Cumberland Park. The show features works by DancEast Youth Collective. Tickets are $15.
Dance Instructors and Assistant Teacher Volunteers Needed 4.0. Movement Studios Venue: 4.0. Movement Studios in Murfreesboro, TN Email: email@example.com 4.0. Movement Studios is a dance studio in Murfreesboro, TN, for girls ages 18 mo.- 17 years old, with a mission of promoting diversity in dance. The organization is looking for additional support in one or more of the following areas: ballet, tap, acro, HBCU danceline, and/or hip hop. The studio is also looking for volunteers (between the ages of 15-17) who are interested in assisting with the classes. If interested in one of these positions, please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Found Movement Group is so excited to announce the comeback of the FRANK ZUJEWSKI SCHOLARSHIP FOR DANCE (deadline for submission is May 22) and THE ARTIST SHOWCASE (deadline for submission May 7). For details visit foundmovementgroup.com/calendar
Asia Pyron/PYDANCE presents POOL as part of Reflections and Deep Dives, a project celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Centennial Art Center by first reflecting on the building’s former use as a whites only swimming pool. POOL is inspired by and in response to historical events related to the closing of Nashville’s public swimming pools after African American students Matthew Walker, Jr. and Kwame Leo Lillard attempted to integrate the pool. Friday, May 13 & Saturday, May 14, 6:30 pm. FREE. Presented in the former deep end of the pool at the Centennial Art Center Courtyard. Saturday’s performance is part of a larger gallery opening from 4-8 pm for “Immersion” an exhibit featuring large scale artwork by Elisheba Israel Mrozik, Michael Mucker, and Arjae Thompson. For more information, visit https://www.friendsofmetrodance.org/performances.html.
OZ Arts Nashville presents the inaugural Brave New Works Lab, with performances May 19-21. Daring Nashville artists transform OZ Arts into a laboratory for the creation and premiere of new works and works-in-progress. Encouraging multimedia experimentation and collaboration across disciplines, the lab creates a safe space for high-risk artistic adventures. The program includes: a new dance work from Lenin Fernandez featuring Kristen Cararra, Becca Hoback, Emma Morrison, and Joi Ware; a self-choreographed solo dance work by Alexandra Winer; an original, theatrical performance art creation by Jennifer Whitcomb Oliva; and a multimedia-music hybrid from Gardening, Not Architecture with films by Dycee Wildman and choreography by Joi Ware. Tickets from $15, available now at: https://www.ozartsnashville.org/brave-new-works-lab/
SHAPESHIFT: A Collaborative Offering in 5Rhythms & Conscious Breathwork Technique with Sarah Aili & Steven Roccazella. Through our conscious breath and organic movement, we will strengthen the connection between soul and body, breath and heart, autonomic and somatic, the outside world and the inner. We will peel back layers, lay our masks down, and dance into our real, vulnerable, wild, passionate & instinctive self. We will take a journey into the depth of our being while learning tools to improve our physical, mental, and emotional health. Date/Time: May 21, 2022 6-8:30pm. Location: Marathon Pilates Studio (2907 12th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37204 *upstairs) Registration: $150 per student/per session. When a student registers for both workshops at once, they will receive $25 off the total workshop fee. *Register by sending payment via Venmo to: @Sarah Aili *For any questions, please email sarah5rNashville@gmail.com *Request to pre-register asap to manage limited capacity requirements
You’re invited to Hello Again – an evening of dance, music, and creative conversation. di Mossa presents two studio showings welcoming performers and audience members alike back to live-performance and creative community. di Mossa and special guest artists will share insights about their process and the themes of their work, and invite audiences into their process through conversation and post-showing reflection. Hosted at Centennial Performing Arts Studios on Saturday, May 28 at 4:00pm and 7:00pm. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hello-again-tickets-328403001217?aff=ebdsoporgprofile
New Dialect’s donation-based contemporary movement sessions continue this month: May 3 – 27, Tuesdays + Fridays from 9:30-11am at Centennial Performing Arts Studios. Classes include Gyrokinesis® with Phylicia Roybal, Contemporary Forms with Alex Winer & David Flores, Guided Improvisation with Lenin Fernandez, Grooves with Roshunda Brown, PYdance repertory with Asia Pyron, and Budokon Mobility with Megan Carvajal. Suggested donation $15. All donations directly support teachers’ fees. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. All levels are welcome! For a detailed line up and class schedule follow New Dialect on Instagram: @new_dialect.
di Mossa contemporary classes will continue May. Dance with us for a fun experience of community, self expression and moving together through planned sequences!
Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-2:00 @ Centennial Performing Arts Center $12
June Save the Date
FALL presents “A Bending Of Its Own Kind”, an aerial & contemporary ballet in which choreographer Rebekah Hampton Barger examines her experience with severe scoliosis & chronic pain in ways that are both unique & universal. In partnership with the Osher Center for Integrative Health at Vanderbilt, the piece will be presented in June – Scoliosis Awareness Month – to their medical staff, as well as to the general public, with the goal of using dance & performance art as a communication tool between chronic pain patients & their healthcare providers. Sat, Jun 4 @ 7:30pm Sun, Jun 5 @ 2:30pm Nashville School of the Arts $15 online, available starting May 20. Tickets & more information at FALLdance.org
After a triumphant season of returning to TPAC, embarking on a nation-wide tour, and winning their first-ever Emmy Award, Nashville Ballet is set to conclude their 2021-22 season at Belmont University’s brand-new Fisher Center for the Performing Arts June 4 and 5. A state-of-the-art facility built specifically to showcase the abundance of talent native to Nashville, the Company’s performance will be a part of the world-class venue’s inaugural season. Nashville Ballet at Belmont will feature a diverse repertoire of works by distinguished choreographers set to iconic classical scores. To purchase tickets or learn more about the performance, please visit nashvilleballet.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.