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, click here to subscribe. 

Greetings Dance Community,

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November brings us performances by Nashville Ballet, Found Movement Group, Companhia Urbana de Dança, and FALL. And there’s a free workshop at Global Education Center, as well as opportunities to take a class every day.

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

Nashville Ballet is honored to present world-renowned choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s award-winning adaptation of the Tennessee Williams classic, A Streetcar Named Desire. Bringing this iconic Southern story stateside as the first North American-based ballet company to present Lopez Ochoa’s ballet, Nashville Ballet will bring the story of aging Southern belle Blanche DuBois’s devastating demise centerstage November 1–3 at TPAC’s Polk Theater. A talkback exploring the story’s themes will follow each performance. Tickets are available now at (Content and Trigger Warning: This production is recommended for adult audiences due to mature themes. It contains depictions of sexual violence, physical abuse, and emotional abuse; therefore, it may not be suitable for survivors of similar traumas.)

November 7 and 8, Found Movement Group Presents OBSESSION, an immersive, site specific dance theatre experience that will provoke questions about your own preoccupations and desires. Acclaimed directors Stacie Flood-Popp & Cailin Manning collaborate on a wholly unique event utilizing the grounds of the Flamingo Cocktail Club that reveals what makes us weak in the knees and surrender to that place beyond curiosity.
Music by Baerd & Aaron
Must be 21+

OZ Arts Nashville
welcomes Companhia Urbana de Dança for a FREE workshop on Tuesday, November 12 at 7PM at Global Education Center. Come play with the Brazilian dance company and their highly-inventive style that celebrates a cultural fusion of Rio de Janeiro street dance with hip-hop, samba, capoeira, and contemporary forms. Offered in partnership with Global Education Center and Vanderbilt University’s Center for Latin American Studies, this free workshop precedes performances by Companhia Urbana de Dança at OZ. Dancers and movers of any age and ability are welcome; children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Space is limited—save your spot here.

OZ Arts Nashville presents performances by Brazilian dance ensemble Companhia Urbana de Dança, November 14–17 at OZ. These visiting artists are famed for burning up the stage in an irresistible explosion of breakneck bravado, exuberant, high-speed energy, and powerhouse athleticism. Choreographer Sonia Destri Lie and nine performers deconstruct the thrilling kinetics of Rio de Janeiro street dance, seamlessly fusing together hip-Hop, samba, capoeira, and contemporary forms. Tickets start at $25 here.

Introducing audiences to our new rehearsal & performance space in partnership with Nashville School of the Arts on November 22 and 23, FALL presents “Stories”, a celebration of past work and a look to the future of contemporary and aerial dance in Nashville. Come see excerpts from popular FALL repertoire including _Dear Apocalypse_ (2016), _A Bending of Its Own Kind_ (2017), and a new iteration of _The Narrator_ (2011) featuring guest performer David Flores (New Dialect) and poet Tavius Marshall. The show will also feature solo performances by artists Becca Hoback (New Dialect), Beth Anne Loosmore (Suspended Gravity), Bailey Freeman (Suspended Gravity), and music by Kat Jones. 7:30 p.m.

Ongoing Classes

DancEast ongoing Adult Drop-in Classes. Check out or email for more information.
Monday Nights: beginner ballet, beg/int lyrical, open-level ballet, and beg/int jazz
Tuesday Nights: beg/int modern and open-level hip hop
Wednesday Nights: beg/int contemporary

Epiphany has class on Tuesday and Thursday 12-1:30 @ Centennial open to the public. Join us anytime for an improv warm up, conditioning, technique, and dance phrase work to a variety of music and vibes. From a recent guest dancer, ” I loved the class. It was such a good mixture of modern, technique, and conditioning. I also loved the snippet of choreography at the end.”

New Dialect offers open level + advance contemporary dance classes, weekday mornings from 9:30-11am at Centennial Performing Arts Studios. Daily sessions include Somatic Practices, Contact Improvisation, Contemporary Forms, Ballet + Conditioning, and Guided Improvisation. Drop ins are welcome at $12/class. Discounted professional rates and Class Passes are available at the door. Visit for more details.

Movement Medicine: An Ecstatic Dance Space (Thursdays) Dance like no one’s watching – or like in your room (ya know you do!).  This space is a completely free form space (without instructors or guidance) that lets you GET DOWN, by yourself – or with those around you. Live DJed music playing a huge range. The space is a SAFE space to move – free of drugs, alcohol, conversation or talking, fragrances and acting on our judgments. Dates/Time: Weekly Thursday, 8-10pm Venue: Construct Studio, 2121 Gains Street, Nashville. Price: $20. Contact: Holli McCormick, More Info:,


Save the Date

Join adorable Clara and all her enchanting friends on an unforgettable journey to a magical dreamland in Nashville’s Nutcracker! Nashville Ballet takes the stage with the Nashville Symphony for the return of Music City’s most beloved holiday tradition. With 15 performances December 7–23, there’s enough cheer for everyone. Tickets are available now:

Save the date for The Longest Night at OZ Arts Nashville, December 20–21. Mark the Winter Solstice with Jason Shelton’s The Longest Night, a multidisciplinary, multi-community celebration blending original music and spoken word with traditional songs and carols, storytelling, and dance. The mighty Portara Ensemble once again joins forces with some of Nashville’s most influential artists including saxophonist Jeff Coffin, premier poet Ciona Rouse, and Lisa Spradley’s Epiphany Dance Partners, to explore the richness of the dark and celebrate as we call the light back together. Tickets $25 here.

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. 

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