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,

It’s Celebrate Nashville month! I hope many of you can join me in Centennial Park on Saturday to celebrate the vibrant and diverse cultures of our city through dance, music, food, storytelling, and educational booths. Also this month is Global Education Center’s Latin Fire Dance and Music program, Nashville Ballet’s Seven Deadly Sins, and OZ Arts hosts the world premier of Falling Out by Phantom Limb. There are also some new ongoing dance classes starting this month, and MTSU hosts auditions Dance Major for 2019/2020 academic year.

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


October Dance Happenings

Hermanah Pierre, a Haitian-American mother of 4 girls and local dance teacher and respiratory therapist, is looking for gently-used or new dance wear donations. These will go to children ages 3-18 in Haiti, for whom Hermanah is providing a dance instructor three times a week. Please contact her if you can make a donation: 901 279 6911 or


The Nashville Irish Step Dancers will be performing at the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival at Centennial Park on October 6. At 10:30 AM “TaiChi Demo” will be introduced at the Celebrate Nashville’s Cafe Stage. Presenters are  Joe Rea Phillips, Jen-Jen Lin, and Dr. Cindy Hui-Lio and her TaiChi students. There are many other dance performances throughout the day, and the festival is free.


October 13th, Global Education Center presents Latin Fire 2018, featuring Afro Latin, Latin, Mexican and Flamenco dance and music traditions! 7 p.m. Father Ryan HS Center for the Arts, 700 Norwood Dr. $20 adults, $15 students and seniors:


Major in Dance in Tennessee! The MTSU Dance Program in the Department of Theatre and Dance will be holding auditions for the 2019/2020 academic year on Saturday, October 13th at 1:00 pm. Auditions include a 60-minute ballet class, 60-minute modern class, a brief solo, as well as time to speak with current students and faculty. If would like to audition, please fill out the audition form here;


Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13, OZ Arts Nashville is pleased to present the World Premiere of Phantom Limb Company’s FALLING OUT, an emotional and urgent call to climate action. Fusing vastly different performance styles of contemporary flex dance and Japanese butoh movement with Phantom Limb’s singular style of puppet theater and original music, these New York-based artists create a haunting, unforgettable production inspired by the 2011 tsunami in Japan and subsequent nuclear meltdown. For more information, visit: Tickets:


Nashville Ballet presents Seven Deadly Sins with three performances Oct. 18-20 at TPAC’s Polk Theater. Back by popular demand, Christopher Stuart’s exhilarating collaboration with Nashville singer-songwriter collective Ten Out of Tenn exposes the most sinister side of society as the protagonist confronts his demons in a performance that will haunt viewers long after the curtain falls. Challenging the viewer’s perceptions of ballet, Jennifer Archibald’s Superstitions blends the precision, technicality and athleticism of tradition with contemporary dance styles as Christina Spinei’s composition mirrors the convergence of past and present. Learn more and purchase tickets here.


Saturday, October 20 at 1:15 PM Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville will present dances at the “2018 Creatives’ Day” at Nashville Public Library Main Branch.


Ongoing Classes and Groups

Numinous Flux welcomes Nashville dancers to join company members for open classes this fall. Classes will be open Fridays 12-2p October 5th through November 16th for $20. Register at!


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 beginning October 2. All levels welcome. $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


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 for advanced dancers include daily sessions in Somatics, Contact Improvisation, Contemporary Forms, Ballet for Contemporary Dancers, and Guided Improvisation. 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! Local favorite Joy Davis and the extraordinary Sidra Bell will each lead a multi-day workshop in Countertechnique, Creative Process, and Sidra Bell Dance NY’s MODULE approach to movement research, January 2-11, 2019. Advanced dancers ages 18+ are welcome to sign up for one or both workshops.

Week 1, January 2-5: Countertechnique & Creative Process with Joy Davis

Week 2: January 7-11: MODULE with Sidra Bell


TaiChi Wednesdays, 10-11 AM at Sevier Park Community Center ($3 pay at the door)  Instructor: Jen-Jen Lin

TaiChi at CourtYard  Wednesdays at noon at downtown Public Library (free program till Oct 30)  Instructor: Jen-Jen Lin

Intermediate/Beginning Modern/Contemporary Dance at Vanderbilt Dance Program Wednesday, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM, Memorial Gym Studio C Students need to be at least 18 Years old to take this class. All registration need to go on line here:  Instructor: Jen-Jen Lin


5Rhythms® SWEAT Practice Tuesday, October 9 and October 23, 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 prefer not to receive these monthly updates and the once-a-month call for listings, just let me know.



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