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,
It’s a new decade!
Ten years ago there were significantly fewer opportunities to see dance on stage, in the community in site-specific works, or to take classes or workshops in Nashville. I am so grateful for the growth in our community in the last decade, and to all of you who have made it happen. I look forward to being at many shows and classes in the coming year, and hope to see many of you there. Let’s keep and grow this unique and vital culture of support in our Dance Community.
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
January Dance Happenings
Dance Instructors and Teen Assistants Needed
Dancing Through the Curriculum
Date/Time: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays
Venue: Hadley Park Community Center, Construct, or Patterson Park Community Center
Dancing Through the Curriculum (DTC) is looking for experienced creative movement, ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and acro instructors as the organization expands to serve youth in east/north Nashville, Hermitage, and Murfreesboro. Instructors are paid based on prior experience. DTC is also looking for 14-18 year old volunteers who are interested in assisting with the classes. If interested, please email your resume and class interest to email@example.com.
Friday Night Frolic January 3, 6-7:30 p.m. at Art & Soul Studio, facilitated by Amanda Cantrell Roche. Get centered through breath work and other practices, develop movement vocabulary through improvisational explorations and techniques, and then create dance in community during our loosely-structured improvisational jam. Designed for adults with no formal dance training, but dancers are always welcome and encouraged. Bring a friend with whom you’ve always wanted to share the magic of moving in community. $20. Register: https://www.artandsoulnashville.com/friday-frolic
Blue Moves Modern Dance Company hosts a playful fundraiser at Art & Soul on Friday, January 3rd, 8-9:30 p.m. Creative Play is a form of playful tasking for adults! It’s simple; draw a creative task from a box and complete it. Once completed, write a new task for someone else to draw from the box. Tasks may be anything from creating a hideaway to making an outfit for the future to starting a dance party. $20 https://www.artandsoulnashville.com/creative-play
Register for both Friday Frolic and Creative Play and get $5 cash back at the door!
In Words and Body, Friday, January 10th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Art & Soul, facilitated by Amanda Cantrell Roche. In the work of daily living, there are times when we lose sight of our dreams and aspirations. Articulating those dreams can pave pathways and provide motivation to forge ahead and bring our vision into existence. Through words and the active meditation of movement, we’ll tap into both intellectual and somatic wisdom to discover and define a vision for our future. $35. To register: https://www.artandsoulnashville.com/words-and-body
Nashville Ballet will host an Inside the Ballet Community Conversation on January 14, 5–7 p.m. at its studio in Sylvan Park (3630 Redmon Street, Nashville, TN 37209). The event will explore the themes of the Ballet’s upcoming Attitude series, Other Voices. The evening will include an exhibition opening showcasing work from mixed media artist Vadis Turner, whose recent pieces are inspired by gender identity, just like Other Voices. A rehearsal viewing and panel discussion will follow the exhibition opening. Choreographers Erin Kouwe and Carlos Pons Guerra will join Vadis Turner as panelists for a conversation highlighting the ways in which their work explores the gender spectrum and how art can be used as a facilitator for creating meaningful dialogue and change within a community. The event is free and open to the public; more information can be found at nashvilleballet.com/upcoming-events.
OZ Arts Nashville & TPAC in partnership with the Nashville Ballet present a one-night-only performance of THE DAY featuring dance legend Wendy Whelan on Saturday, January 18th at 7PM in TPAC’s Polk Theater. THE DAY is a new music/dance work by cellist Maya Beiser, dancer Wendy Whelan, choreographer Lucinda Childs, with music by David Lang. A collaboration among legends from the worlds of ballet and contemporary dance and music, THE DAY is an evening-long sensory exploration of two journeys—life and the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul. This bold, highly collaborative work explores universal themes through the shared language of music and dance. Whelan, hailed by The New York Times as “America’s greatest contemporary ballerina,” spent 30 years as a principal dancer with New York City Ballet and originated numerous roles in new works by the world’s most esteemed choreographers. Tickets start at just $37. Link: https://www.tpac.org/event/2020-01-18-to-2020-01-18-the-day/
Drum Tao: January 28, 7:30 PM
DRUM TAO’s stage is created through phenomenal performances and expressions consisting of incomparable “Wadaiko-drums” and the beautiful mesmerizing melody of Japanese flutes and harps. It is the “Japanese Entertainment” for a new generation that completely surpasses expectations. TAO’s modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide. Combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals, the performers of DRUM TAO 2020 create an energetic and unforgettable production. Link: https://www.tpac.org/event/2020-01-28-to-2020-01-28-tao-drum-heart/
Nashville Ballet will host an Inside the Ballet Community Conversation on January 30, 6–7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble at Vanderbilt University (2501 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203). The community is invited to join experts on dance and gender identity for an in-depth look at the topics that inspired the Ballet’s upcoming Attitude series, Other Voices. This conversation is an opportunity to learn more about the gender spectrum, to reflect on the role art can play in activism and creating cultural change, and to connect with other individuals passionate about social justice and equity. The event is free and open to the public; more information can be found at nashvilleballet.com/upcoming-events.
Ongoing Classes and Workshops
DancEast Adult Classes are coming back in 2020! Drop-in for a class or sign up for a 6-week series to save! With classes in Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Pilates, Dance Fitness, and Improvisation – we’re sure you’ll find a way that you love moving! Check out danceast.org/adults for more information and to register!
New Dialect Morning Classes resume on January 20 with daily sessions in Gyrokinesis™, Contemporary Forms, Ballet for Contemporary Dancers, and West African Dance. All classes are open-to-the-public and meet weekdays from 9:30-11am at Centennial Performing Arts Studios. Drop ins start as low as $10! Discounted class packages are also available at the door. Please visit newdialect.org/classes for more details, or email Banning Bouldin at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Blue Moves is holding open company classes Sunday, January 12, 19, and 26 for any dancer interested in learning more about the company, or just wanting to move with us. DancEast, 4:30 p.m. Email email@example.com for info or to let us know you are attending. bluemoves.org
Argentine Tango Classes with Artists in Residence Florencia Borgnia and Marcos Pereira from Buenos Aires
Mondays Nashville Tango Club (NTC) on January 6, 13, 20, 27 Feb 3, Click on class links to register.
Global Education Center West Studio B (back alley door), 4822 Charlotte Ave
- Tango Techniqueall levels. 7:00-8:00 p.m. For beginners & all students to bring tango to next level
- Elements & Sequences for Social Tango, 8:00-9:00 p.m. For students to learn & broaden tango vocabulary
Thursdays 7:15-8:45 p.m., NTC, Intermediates & Up on January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13
Musicality and Squences: Tango / Milonga / Vals, Improve dance skills to allow a more exciting way to use the music.
Global Education Center Studio at Casa Azafran, 2195 Nolensville Pike
NTC class fees $90 for a 6-class pass or $18 for drop ins. Cash or check to NTC.
Learn More and register on Facebook: Nashville Tango Club
Wednesdays Vanderbilt Tango Club (VTC)
Ben Schulman Center for Jewish Life, 2421 Vanderbilt Place
January 8 OPEN HOUSE 7:00 p.m. with performance, introduction, & food. Class starts 7:45 p.m. this night.
All levels Tango Class, 7:00-8:15 p.m. on January 8*, 13, 20, 27, February 3, & 10 (No partner necessary.)
Classes will target beginner and intermediate/advanced dancer groups.
Both groups will learn a performance routine to a tango song
VTC class fees: Full-time students $5, All others $90 for all 6 classes or $18 for drop-ins
Learn More on Facebook:Vanderbilt Tango Club
MILONGAS (Tango Social Dances):
WELCOME MILONGA FOR FLORENCIA & MARCOS
NASHVILLE TANGO CLUB (NTC)
Saturday, January 11, 8:30-11:30 pm, $15 (No passes.)
Featuring a performance by Marcos and Florencia!
Global Education Center Studio at Casa Azafran,
THE MUSIC CITY MILONGA EVERY SUNDAY
7:00-10:00 pm, $5 cash or check to Dance Quest
Dance Quest, 700 Airpark Center Dr, Suite 715
Come practice what you’ve learned!
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: 1st Dance FREE, 2nd Dance, $10; otherwise $20. Contact: Holli McCormick firstname.lastname@example.org, More Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ecstaticdancenashville/, https://www.meetup.com/movementmedicine/
Dance Church (Movement Medicine: An Ecstatic Dance Space)
Sunday 1/19 & 2/16
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. Venue: DancEast, 805 Woodland St, Nashville. Price: 1st Dance FREE, 2nd Dance, $10; otherwise $20. Contact: Holli McCormick email@example.com, More Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ecstaticdancenashville/, https://www.meetup.com/movementmedicine/
Creating Safe Space for Creative, Sexual Expressions (Intro to Conscious Dance + Contact Improv)
6-week Series 1x a week for 1.15 hours
Dates TBA (starting either late Jan or Early Feb)
Join me for this exciting, fun, embodied AND VERBAL space that will help us expand our understanding, safety and experience of our Non-Verbal space.
Highlights include lecture + physical exercises in: Embodied Consent (what does it feel like in us and others); Safety of Creative Sexual Expression (for yourself and others); Conscious Community Making (how to be human, together); basics of Contact Improv.
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/779910939155396/, https://www.meetup.com/movementmedicine/ Contact: Holli McCormick firstname.lastname@example.org INVESTMENT: $120 via cash or Venmo (contact Holli to RSVP, space is limited!)
February Save the Date
Nashville Ballet will host an Inside the Ballet Community Conversation on February 6, 5:30–7 p.m. at its studio in Sylvan Park (3630 Redmon Street, Nashville, TN 37209). The community is invited to join experts on dance and gender identity for an in-depth look at the topics that inspired the Ballet’s upcoming Attitude series, Other Voices. Beginning with an open rehearsal viewing and followed by a panel discussion, this conversation is an opportunity to learn more about the creative process behind the four world premieres that comprise Other Voices. The event is free and open to the public; more information can be found at nashvilleballet.com/upcoming-events.
Nashville Ballet will present Attitude: Other Voices, February 14–16 at TPAC’s Polk Theater. Four of the world’s hottest choreographers—Jennifer Archibald, Erin Kouwe, Matthew Neenan, and Carlos Pons Guerra—take ballet beyond the boundary of what is traditionally expected in a collection of world premieres exploring what it means to be a man or woman, what it means to be both, and what it means to be neither. Tickets start at $30 and are available for purchase now at nashvilleballet.com/attitude-2020.
Following its stunning world premiere last season, OZ Arts Nashville proudly presents a return engagement of New Dialect’s The Triangle from February 20-22. This outstanding work of contemporary dance is helmed by Nashville’s own acclaimed choreographer Banning Bouldin. A surrealistic combination of conceptual fashion, sculpture, and powerful imagery, this deeply personal work challenges us to re-envision limitations as opportunities to uncover new strengths. The Triangle makes its triumphant return in celebration of the company’s preparation for a US Tour through South Arts’ “Momentum” initiative and will be performed in conjunction with a world premiere from rising Miami-based choreographer Rosie Herrera entitled Tropical Depression. Tickets start at just $25 for Opening Night. More info and tickets at: www.ozartsnashville.org/the-triangle-2020/
Alvin Ailey: February 28-29
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by American dance icon Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. Engage your emotions when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns with works that touch on timely topics like the beloved classic Revelations, Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece that fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul. Link: https://www.tpac.org/event/2020-02-28-to-2020-02-29-alvin-ailey/
Nashville Tango Marathon
February 28-March 2
Nashville has its very own tango marathon! Shake off those winter blues and enjoy three full days of tango, snacks, and dancers from all over the world.
Venue address: Coco’s Event Center, 5105 Alabama Ave, Nashville, TN 37209
For information and to take advantage of early bird specials see http://nashvilletangomarathon.com
Also see https://www.facebook.com/NashvilleTangoMarathon/
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.