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,

Is it time to exhale yet? June Happenings are quite a bit less crowded, but there are still performances, intensives, and ongoing classes to catch this 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


June Dance Happenings

Nashville Ballet’s experimental series Emergence returns to close out the 2017-2018 season May 24-June 3 at Nashville Ballet’s Studio A. This season’s edition offers fresh new twists on the fan favorite series popularized for offering audience members a glimpse into the creative process. Fourteen choreographers will team up with musicians from The Bluebird Café to create works with limited time in the studio to prepare; the fourteen works make up three different lineups featured over the course of the five performances thereby offering audiences a festival-like experience. Nashville Ballet’s collaboration with The Bluebird Café serves as the finale event of The Bluebird’s 35th anniversary celebration. Each musician will perform live during the performance thereby recreating the intimacy of the world-renowned listening room in Nashville Ballet’s Studio A. Tickets start at $35. Learn more and purchase tickets here. NOTE: some shows may be sold out.


The Nashville Tap Experiment will be performing at Christina’s Dance Center’s spring recital THIS SUNDAY, June 3, at 12.45 PM! The recital will take place at Smyrna High School in Smyrna! Admission is FREE, and it’s expected to be a full house! Please come out and support our new company!


Epiphany Dance*Partners will be performing with the beautiful Portara Ensemble choir for a benefit concert on Sunday, June 3 at 4:00pm. We are volunteering our time & talents so that all the proceeds will go to support Open Table Nashville as they build a tiny house community for our neighbors that are experiencing homelessness. All are welcome! $10.00 suggested donation. Please join us @Glencliff United Methodist Church. 2901 Glencliff Rd.


Contemporary Technique and Partnering Workshop with Erin Kouwe and Curtis ThomasJune 11-14, 6-8 PM, $160 Curtis and Erin will lead participants in an exploration of contemporary dance technique and improvisation forms. Through rigorous investigation we will discover tools to create more fluid movement patterns, subtle strength, and connection in and out of the floor. Our partnering practices will uncover greater options in the way we share weight and connect physically with others. By focusing on momentum, flow, and imagination we will uncover new possibilities in the body and with each other. This workshop is for teens and adults. Some dance experience is recommended. Registration is at


Kala Nivedanam School of South Indian Dance and Music presents Gagana Borra in her Bharatanatyam Arangetram on Saturday, June 23, 3:30 to 7:00 PM at Sri Ganesha Temple Auditorium, 527 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, 37209. Bharatanatyam is the traditional classical dance form of South India. Students who reach a level of mastery perform an arangetram, or professional debut, which is a solo three-hour recital accompanied by a live orchestra. Gagana has been trained in Bharatanatyam for 12 years at Kala Nivedanam by her guru, Monica Cooley, founder and director of Kala Nivedanam. Guests will see the traditional repertoire of this exquisite and complex art form performed to classical South Indian music provided by an orchestra of 5 musicians, some of whom will come from Chennai, India. Explanations will help the audience to understand the meaning of the lyrics, which are conveyed by the dancer through hand gestures and facial expressions. All are welcome; free admission.


Call for submissions! Women’s Work Dance Night presented by Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project. Yes, Women’s Work has moved to September. Submission deadline is July 15th, Dance Night will occur the first weekend in September at the renovated Looby Theater.

July Save the Date


Metro Parks presents Tales at Twilight with Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville, Friday, July 6th at Cumberland Park. Free and family-friendly. 7 p.m.


FALL will perform as a featured artist for the Tennessee Arts Academy hosted by Belmont University on Monday, July 9 at 11:30am. The Tennessee Arts Academy is an annual conference for middle & high school art teachers from across the state. Presented at Massey Concert Hall on Belmont’s campus, FALL’s performance is free & open to the public, & will include 30 minutes of material from our most recent concert as well as excerpts from “A Bending of Its Own Kind”. 

Ongoing Classes and Groups 

FALL is offering Friday Morning Ballet for the month of June (possibly all summer based on interest). Taught by Artistic Director Rebekah Hampton Barger, classes will be held 9:30-11:00am on Fridays at abrasiveMedia. Suggested amount of $10 per class, or pay what you can. Contact with questions or for more info.


5Rhythms® SWEAT Practice Tuesdays June 5th, June 19th, and every other Tuesday following. 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.


Nashville Contact Improv will be offering some jams this summer, but do not yet have their June and July dates set. Check their Facebook page for updates:

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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