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,

In this month of gratitude, I am grateful for our local dance community, for how welcoming so many classes are for adult dancers of varying ages and abilities, and for the spirit of support of each other. November offers performances by professional touring companies, local professional dancers, and students. I hope to see many of you in the free Nadine Bommer master class at TPAC on November 14. There are also plenty of ongoing adult dance classes to keep you moving all month.

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


November Dance Happenings

Friday, November 2, 7:30 p.m. Global Education Center and Line Breaks Series presents the work of Indo-Caribbean author and award-winning poet Rajiv Muhabir, as he engages recollections of history, Indian mythology, and folklore as well as his lived experience. He will present a reading from his book The Taxidermist’s Cut and The Cowherd’s Son. In connection with this presentation, local South Indian dance school Kala Nivedanam will share universal tales from Hindu and Buddhist traditions through the beautiful Bharatanatyam dance form. The combination of Muhabir’s words and the beautiful gestural storytelling of the dance will inspire audience members to seek answers to questions about cultural identity and its relationship to ancient cultural stories. FREE but donations graciously accepted.  4822 Charlotte Ave.


Ballet Magnificat! presents the Snow Queen at TPAC, Sunday, November 4, 2-4 p.m. Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen classic, Ballet Magnificat’s Snow Queen takes the audience on an adventurous journey as a beautiful young girl faces the fury of a wicked Queen with boldness, bravery and love. This fast moving production of 75 dancers is enhanced by powerful choreography, creative costuming and bigger-than-life sets and scenery. Tickets starting at $27.


Register ASAP 
for a free master class and performance November 14 by Nadine Bommer Dance Company, a contemporary dance company based in NYC and Israel. Their work highlights Bommer’s innovative technique, the Nadine Bommer Method, sharing enchanting characters and imaginative stories in performative and educational settings. Presented by TPAC Education. Performance of Invisi’BALL November 14 10:30-11:45 AM (optional, but encouraged) ; Master Class 1-2:30 PM. TPAC’s Polk Theater stage. RSVP to to reserve a space.



OZ Arts Nashville presents GHOSTED, Curated by Tony Perrin. Thursday, November 15th @ 7PM. Inspired by both physical and emotional loss, GHOSTED blends the creative pursuits of Nashville-based designer and dancer Tony Perrin into an immersive evening of live dance, music, video, photography, and the jewelry of Lock and Key. In this intimate artistic event, Perrin investigates defining the feeling of being “ghosted” as a noun referring to soul or spirit, and as a verb depicting movement gliding smoothly and effortlessly. These states meld together in a unique, process-revealing collaboration that includes live and pre-recorded performance of music and movement created by composer Aaron Walters and choreographer David Flores; large-format photography by Anna Haas of dancers David Flores, Erin Kouwe & Perrin himself wearing Perrin’s jewelry; and a series of shadow boxes displaying this jewelry in a suspended state, where the dancer has been “ghosted.” $25 tickets available at:


The Body Leads: Authentic Movement, Sunday, November 18th 1-4 p.m. at Art & Soul. Facilitated by Deanie French. Authentic Movement is a contemplative practice that creates a safe and sacred space for the body to express itself and reveal its deepest knowing. Fee $45. For more info:


The Hip Hop Nutcracker is at TPAC Saturday, November 24 at 3 and 8 p.m. This evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ, and violinist, directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber. Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her Nutcracker prince travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nighclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of sugarplums into 1980s Brooklyn. Tickets:


The MTSU Dance Theatre
, presents their fall dance concert in the Tucker Theatre Thursday, November 29, Friday November 30, and Saturday December 1 at 7:30pm. The concert features faculty and guest artist choreography danced by a company of over thirty performers, and addressing themes spanning the impact of plastics on the environment to questions of race and gender identity and visibility. The concert features work by two guest artists, as well as collaboration with MTSU sculpture faculty. Katherine Duke, Artistic Director of the Erick Hawkins Dance Company (New York) created a new work Junoesque with MTSU full-time faculty. Junoesque will also feature the work of MTSU sculptor Michael Baggarly, honoring Hawkins’s legacy of collaboration with contemporary artists. Rebecca Steinberg, company dancer with Nashville-based New Dialect, facilitated a contemporary creative process for student dancers, resulting in a work titled The Clearing. This work represents the beginning of a collaborative relationship between MTSU dance and New Dialect. Faculty pieces include works by full-time faculty Marsha Barsky, Meg Brooker, and Chell Parkins also includes work by MTSU Dance adjunct faculty Jennifer McNamara, Jade Treadwell and Laurel Walker.  


December Save the Date

The Children’s Ballet Theatre will perform the Nutcracker again December 7 and 8 at Columbia Central High.


OZ Arts Nashville presents ink by Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Friday, December 14th @ 8PM & Saturday, December 15th at 7PM. ink celebrates the rituals, gestural vocabulary, and traditions that remain ingrained within the lineage of the African Diaspora and reclaims African-Americans narratives by showcasing their authenticity. Using the rhythms and sounds of traditional African and handmade instruments as its center, this moving and celebratory work from one of America’s most acclaimed choreographers Camille A. Brown (Once on this Island, Jesus Christ Superstar Live!) travels through time with elements of Blues, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Swing.  Through self-empowerment, Black love, brotherhood, exhaustion and resilience, community and fellowship, ink depicts the pedestrian interactions of individuals and relationships as grounds for accessing one’s innate superpowers and finding liberation. Tickets on sale now at:


OZ Arts Nashville presents THE LONGEST NIGHT, Curated by Jason Shelton. Wednesday, December 19th @ 7PM. The Longest Night is an original multidisciplinary, multicultural celebration of the Winter Solstice incorporating spoken word, choral ensemble, congregational vocals, and modern dance to manifest the ways we can bring back light in the midst of darkness. Curated by Jason Shelton, artistic director of Portara Ensemble, this unique evening brings together more than 40 Nashville-area artists, musicians, dancers and dramatists, including: 32-voice Portara, Epiphany Dance Partners, famed saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band, Bela Fleck & the Fleckstones), and acclaimed poet Ciona Rouse (VANTABLACK). $25 tickets available at:


Ongoing Classes and Groups

Contemporary Dance 
with Samantha Replogle ~ Transform your previous jazz, ballet, modern or hip hop training into Contemporary terms! Samantha’s background in all forms of dance has prepared her to help you expand your traditional style of movement and express yourself as an original. Saturdays 3:15 – 4:30 at Second Story Studio. For teens and young adults with some dance experience. Ongoing classes. For more Information: 


New Dialect Community Classes continue this month! For details and to register, visit
Rebecca Steinberg leads Open Level Evening Classes in Guided Improvisation, Wednesdays from 7:30-8:45pm, at DancEast. Register for single sessions or all 10 classes at a discount on our website: 
Morning Classes include daily sessions in Somatics (all levels welcome), Contact Improvisation (all levels welcome), Contemporary Forms (adv), Ballet for Contemporary Dancers (adv), and Guided Improvisation (all levels welcome). Classes meet weekdays from 9:30-11am at AbrasiveMedia. Drop in for $12 at the door. Discounted 5 and 10 class passes are available at the door and on our website: 

Registration for New Dialect’s Winter Intensive is live and there are still a few spots available! Local favorite Joy Davis and acclaimed choreographer and educator Sidra Bell will each lead a multi-day workshop in CountertechniqueCreative Process, and Sidra Bell Dance NY’s MODULE approach to movement research, January 2-5 & 7-11, from 9:30-3:30pm at Centennial Performing Arts Studios. Advanced dancers ages 18+ are welcome to sign up for one or both workshops. Visit for more information and to reserve your spot! 


Discover the art of Movement! Maeva Movement is offering dance/movement classes Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Maeva Movement  class on Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-6pm. Connecting mind and body though the core principles of Pilates, the lengthening elements of Yoga and sprinkling in moments of Dance, this class is geared for everyone. Bellydance Flow class on Saturdays 12-1pm. A fusion class covering the basics of Belly Dance sprinkled with classical & social Persian Dance styles. Tap into your feminine mystique and find all the new ways you can move! Self investment is $15 drop in. 604 Gallatin Ave Suite 204 More info:


Join Windship Boyd to explore together different dances from West Africa and then adapt them to a more afro-contemporary style over the course of the semester. Tuesdays, 7-8 pm. All levels welcome. $5 Drop-in. Sevier Park Community Center, 3021 Lealand Lane. Guest instructor Jasmine Dominique will be guest teaching November 6. Jasmine teaches afro-Brazilian dance and has lived and trained in Brazil. All levels welcome. Tuesdays, 7-8pm, $5/Drop In, Sevier Park Community Center, 3021 Lealand Lane.  ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Windship Boyd is a dancer who has been teaching, performing and (especially) learning in West Africa since 2005. She has choreographed for dancers in Senegal and Burkina Faso and has hosted trips to Guinea Conakry with Sory Diabaté to learn more about that culture and art. QUESTIONS? Contact Supervisor at 615.862.8439 or


Epiphany Dance Partners offer ongoing classes Tuesday and Thursdays at Centennial Performing Arts Studios, 12-1:30.


TaiChi at Sevier Park is happening every Wednesday from 10 to 11 AM at Sevier Park Community’s dance studio. Instructor is Jen-Jen Lin


Vanderbilt Dance Program is on.  Beginning/Intermediate Contemporary Modern Dance class is on Wednesday  6:45 PM to 8:15 PM. at Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym Dance Studio C. Instructor is Jen-Jen Lin


5Rhythms® SWEAT Practice Tuesday, November 6 and November 20, and every other Tuesday. Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms® is a dynamic movement practice—a practice of being in your body—that ignites creativity, connection, and community. The rhythms: Flowing ~ Staccato ~ Chaos ~ Lyrical ~ Stillness™. Each rhythm is interpreted by individuals in a uniquely personal way, opening them to a new sense of freedom and possibility that is both surprising and healing, exhilarating as well as deeply restorative. It is, in essence, “exercise for the right brain.” Location: The Global Education Center West (Studio A) with Sarah Aili. Time: 6:30-8:30pm / $10-20 sliding scale. *Please arrive in clothes you can move in, with a bottle of water, bare feet, silent voices and a few moments before class begins.


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 would like to be added, send an add request to

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