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,

I hope everyone is enjoying this last stretch of summer!

Performances and workshops are still on the light side this month, but lots of organizations are gearing up for the fall. Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project has extended the deadline for submissions for Women’s Work Dance Night. And though I typically do not list children’s dance classes, I have listed a few due to the uniqueness of the new adaptive dance program offered through Nashville Ballet. My hope is that those of you who teach children and know of students you are unable to accommodate due to special needs may consider referring them to this program.

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. Instagram #NashvilleDanceCommunity


August Dance Happenings


Tennessee Women’s Theater Project has extended the deadline for choreography submissions for Women’s Works Dance Night, Friday, September 7th. Contact Maryanna ASAP if you’re interested in submitting: More info:



Franklin School of Performing Arts presents Music City Dance Festival 2018, July 30-August 3. Intermediate and Advanced classes for youth dancers. We have guest faculty members coming in for this camp from all over the country! Cost is $350 for the week of classes from 10:00-3:00 each day. Information is on the website @ under the classes link. Please contact us at to get more info! 



Tennessee Performing Arts Center presents Bring It! Live, Wednesday, August 1 at Andrew Jackson Hall.  Miss D and her Dancing Dolls, the stars of Lifetime’s hit series “Bring It!” will be coming to Nashville with all new hip-hop majorette routines sure to have everyone dancing in their seats.  7:30 p.m. Tickets and information available at



School of Nashville Ballet will hold an open Academy audition on Saturday, August 4 at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Students ages 8 and up may audition. Auditionees will be evaluated by Nashville Ballet’s faculty and/or artistic staff. Auditions will take place at School of Nashville Ballet’s Sylvan Park location. Along with exceptional training from expert faculty, Academy Division students have opportunities to interact with Nashville Ballet’s professional company and receive priority casting in open auditions. As a result, School of Nashville Ballet Academy students are equipped with the tools needed to excel artistically and athletically. Interested individuals can RSVP here



Nashville Ballet is making dance accessible for all through the new Adaptive Dance: New Perspectives program. This new program was developed to provide an opportunity for children with special needs to experience the joy of dance while developing body awareness, coordination and balance in a traditional studio environment. The first step to joining Nashville Ballet’s new program is participating in an intake assessment at one of the following dates and times:

Monday, August 6 | 5-7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 7 | 5-7 p.m.

Monday, August 13 | 5-7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 14 | 5-7 p.m.

Saturday, August 18 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

An intake assessment is required for enrollment and allows Nashville Ballet’s highly trained instructors to meet each dancer and their parent/guardian to learn more about what participants hope to gain from the program. Sign up for an assessment here. Interested individuals unable to participate during the dates and times listed should contact (615) 297-2966 x910 or to discuss alternatives. Adaptive Dance: New Perspective fall semester classes will meet on Saturdays, September 8 through November 17.



What Was When August 4th- September 30th, Opening Reception: Saturday, August 4th 6-9 pm. mild climate is excited to announce What Was When, a collaborative series of improvisations by McKay House and Utam Moses.



Nashville Contact Improvisation will be hosting a class and jam on August 5th and 25th 2:30-5:30 pm at Friend’s Meeting House.



Kindling Arts Festival is happening August 24-26 and tickets are online through the Facebook event page. Numinous Flux Dance Company is among several local artists included in the festival lineup.



September Save the Date


Nashville Ballet will open its 2018-2019 season with the return of the quintessential classic Swan Lake with three performances September 21-23 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Featuring choreographic updates from Artistic Director Paul Vasterling and striking new costumes, this enchanting romance attempts to answer the timeless question – can true love conquer all? Tickets are available here.


Ongoing Classes and Groups


Aerial classes at abrasiveMedia start back up on August 6 as FALL Aerial Arts. Follow @fallaerialarts on Instagram for the full schedule of classes including Intro to Aerial, Aerial Conditioning, Hammock, & 3 levels of Aerial Fabric. Sign up at


5Rhythms® SWEAT Practice Tuesday, August 14 and August 28, 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 AiliTime: 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.


Epiphany Dance*Partners will be back in the studio on Tuesday, August 14. Our company class is open to the community and all are welcome. 12-1:30 Tuesday and Thursday, Studio B, Centennial Performing Arts Center. Questions, inquiries, curiosities, check out our website or contact Lisa Or if you are comfortable with jumping right in, see you in the studio!



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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