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,

February is full of performances, studio showings, and classes! I’m looking forward to attending as many as I can, and hope to see you at one.

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


February Dance Happenings

New Dialect and Intermission present Third Voice, February 1-3  Third Voice is a creative process laboratory for emerging composers, choreographers, musicians, and dancers to experiment and develop new short works in a truly democratic setting. Choreographers and composers this year include Rebecca Steinberg, David Flores, Curtis Thomas, James Barrett, Spencer Grady, George Miller, Chris Bell, Arlie, Kay Kennedy, Matt Kinney, and Spencer Channell. The residency will culminate in 3 performances in 3 different settings, featuring New Dialect with live music and video installations by Intermission.  Thursday, February 1, 7pm at Cohen Gallery, Friday, February 2, 7:30pm, studio showing and discussion at Centennial Performing Arts Studios, Saturday, February 3, Wedgewood/Houston Art Crawl at Track One. For more information, please visit, or email Banning Bouldin at


FALL dancers will present a structured improvisation inspired by and surrounded by the work of visual artist Harry Whitver as part of the opening reception for his exhibit at abrasiveMedia, Saturday, February 2. This long form improvisation will take place 6:30-7:45pm & is free of charge, presented as part of the WEHO Art Crawl. Following our performance, we’d also like to encourage our audience to attend Third Voice by our friends New Dialect & Intermission, 8:00pm at Track One (just across the tracks from abrasiveMedia). 


Israeli Dance and Munchies Sampler. No experience necessary. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 7th in the Group Fitness Studio at the Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Boulevard, Nashville. Non-members are welcome and there is no fee for participating in this or other Israeli Folk Dance opportunities. Contact Judy Given, for more information.


Epiphany is traveling to Birmingham, Alabama to perform 3 commissioned pieces at the Religious Arts Festival of Independent Presbyterian. The featured organist is Vincent Dubois of Notre Dame de Paris. Centennial Performing Arts Center is hosting a studio showing on Thursday, February 8  @ 2:45. Please join us to preview the work Borderlands, spend some time with the dancers and hear about their creative process. Classes continue on Tuesday/Thursday 12-1:30. We will be taking a break Feb. 13 -15. 


Nashville Ballet’s Attitude series presents, Light / The Holocaust and Humanity Project, a groundbreaking exploration of devastating loss, resiliency and, ultimately, the triumph of the human spirit. Following Holocaust survivor Naomi Warren’s story as told through music and dance, Light offers a unique opportunity that only art can—to feel, better understand and reflect upon a piece of history that defies comprehension. Choreography by Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills. February 9-11 at TPAC’s Polk Theater. For more info and tickets:


The MTSU Department of Theatre and Dance presents the Student Dance Gala, February 9th at 7:30 pm in the Tucker Theatre. The Student Chorography Gala is an opportunity for students to produce and present their work in a professional environment. This innovative production displays a wide range of choreographic voices representing a variety of styles and approaches to concert dance.  Tickets are $5 for students and the general public and all proceeds benefit the MTSU Student Dance Society. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door beginning one hour prior to performance. For additional information call 615-494-8810 or visit the MTSU Dance website at


The Pro Trac is having a special Val-Enticed Party with special guest Salsa Instructor Nicole La Bailarina! Come join us Friday February 9th at 7:00 for a salsa lesson followed by a dance party! Bring yourself and pay $10, but bring a friend or a loved one and dance the night away for $15 for both of you! We will provide, food, drinks, and music; so all you have to do is show up and dance the night away!


Global Education Center’s annual Global Birthday Bash is Saturday, February 10th at Father Ryan High School Auditorium. The first thirty minutes feature young children in our many dance and music classes ranging from hip hop to flamenco to Chinese traditional to South Indian classical dance. Next up will be adult students in some of our classes, such as West African dance, Bharatanatyam, Salsa, various styles of belly dance and more. Performers include:
Helios (International Dance Team) under the direction of Alejandro Rivera
Little Eagles Chinese Dancers under the direction of Shaolu McLaren
Nyama African Dance and Drum under the direction of Charlie Gilbert and Tirra Hargrow
Mexican Folkloric Kids under the direction of Analilia Ramirez
Contemporary Performance by Marcelis Barrett & Brea
Kala Nivedanam, South Indian classical dance under the direction of Monica Cooley
?Pink Diamonds under the direction of Dana Crowell 
Tula Tribe Belly Dance, an ATS Collective                Special Guest Artist –  Flamenco Dancer, Teresa 
Children’s Latin Dance under the direction of Alejandro Rivera
Grupo Balanca Capoeira under the direction of Michael Irvin  This relaxed, laid back international event always ends with some grand audience participation, so stick around for the finale!!! A perfect evening for all ages! Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for children, seniors and GEC members.


Chinese New Year Celebration at Hillsboro Village, February 10, Noon to 3 PM at Vanderbilt University’s Corner Park at 21st Ave, and Blakemore Ave. Free parking at the Cornerstone Credit Union’s parking lot or on street. Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville teaming up with many partners to host the CNY @ Village at 21st Ave and Blakemore Ave. Lion dance, dragon dance, puppet show, professional jugglers, Chinese language students from schools’ presentations and more. We also invite Nashville Humane Association to conduct on-site dogs adoption. This is a free event, open to the public of all ages. Dragon Parade around the village will conclude the celebration starting at 2:50 PM. You also can purchase discounted tickets at the CNY @ Village event site to see CAAN’s upcoming dance theater production, JOURNEY IN THE WEST, at Ingram Hall on Feb 24, at 7PM, and Feb 25, at 2 PM. For more info: Click here, for CNY @ Village, or Click here for JIW dance theater production


Chinese New Year 10-Course Banquet, February 11, Sunday, 5-8 PM, at Lucky Bamboo Featuring lion dance and silent auction. Advance tickets purchase is required by Feb 3.  For tickets:click here. Silent Auction items include a two- or three-day Executive Education seminar at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.  There are 18 programs to choose from, covering Leadership, Strategy, Personal Wealth, Accounting, Health Care, and Management. Other silent auctions are acupuncture treatment, framed Chinese calligraphy, to name a few. Go to CAAN’s website and Facebook events #Chineseartsalliance to find out more info: 


Found Youth has partnered with Nashville Choreographers, Artists and Vendors to bring you our first Gala of the season! Come celebrate all encompassing LOVE as we explore different aspects of this complex concept. This event is a fundraiser to help Found Youth alleviate the costs of our appearance at the Regional Alternative Dance Festival in March 2018. When: Sunday February 11th 6-8pm Where: Nashville School of the Arts. Tickets are now available at Found Youth is a pre-professional company rooted in Nashville, TN. that gives the youth permission to communicate their personal thoughts and awareness with society through movement. The company is led by Artistic Directors Rachelle Peace & Brittany Koken; and was Founded by Stacie Flood-Popp, Artistic Director of Found Movement Group.


The MTSU Department of Theatre and Dance will host Dance Program’s Annual Open House and Dance Major auditions on Monday, February 19th from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. We invite you to attend classes with our renowned dance faculty, view a showing from the MTSU Dance Theatre and attend our Q&A session with current dance majors and minors. If you would like to register for the open house please visit Eventbrite or for more information please visit our website at, or contact


The Contact Improv jam for February will be on Sunday the 25th from 2:30-5:30 at Friend’s Meeting House. 


CAAN is proud to present “JOURNEY IN THE WEST” dance theater production February 24, Saturday, at 7PM, and February 25, Sunday, at 2 PM. Ingram Hall, Vanderbilt Blair School of Music (2400 Blakemore Ave.). Eventbrite has the tickets and info (click here), or at the door.  $5-$15.

Save the Date

March 14, 2018 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will stop in Nashville for one night engagement at TPAC. Artistic Director Robert Battle leads Ailey’s 32 extraordinary dancers as they continue the Company’s legacy of using the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition to uplift, unite and enlighten. The tour’s expansive repertory, which varies from city to city, includes dynamic works by some of the freshest choreographic voices in modern dance. Tickets currently on sale at, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St. in downtown Nashville.

Ongoing Classes and Groups

5Rhythms® SWEAT Practice Tuesdays February 13th, 27th and every other Tuesday following. (Save the dates: March 13th, 27th) 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.


New Dialect Morning Classes CCTS 25, February 5-March 2, 9:30-11am at abraviseMedia,

MondaysBallet for Contemporary Dancers
Jennifer McNamara
TuesdaysYoga+Movement Research 
Laurel Desmarais
WednesdaysBallet for Contemporary Dancers
Jennifer McNamara
Windship Boyd
FridaysContemporary Forms
Erin Kouwe
EVENING CLASSES Wednesdays: Feb 21 & 28  Guided Improvisation, 8-9:15 pm at DancEast


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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