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,

Nashville Dance Company turned 11 years old in March! 

One reason for its longevity is the simple, text-only, copy-and-past submitted format allows me to gather these listings in one place without a significant amount of time invested every month. Thanks to all who help make it easy!

Spring is busy with lots of performances by local groups, as well as workshops. Several local dance groups and individual dancers get to be a part of the Nick Cave Feat. Nashville performances this Friday at the Schermerhorn. Performances are sold out, but you can find info for live streaming them here.

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


April Dance Happenings

Blue Moves has a sustaining donor challenge this month! Become a sustaining donor to support the work of this democratically-structured dance company between now and April 15th at $10 or more a month and receive a free ticket to Myths: Connecting Universal Experiences May 12th. All donations are tax-deductible under our fiscal sponsor, abrasiveMedia. Speaking of our fiscal sponsor, join abrasiveMedia for Building the Future, Sunday, April 8th, 11:30-2:30 p.m.


Nashville Ballet presents FREE Swan Lake Storytimes for children April 2-26 at local libraries in Nashville and surrounding cities. Based on Nashville Ballet’s upcoming season opener, the quintessential fairytale Swan Lake, this program introduces children to the joy and boundless possibilities of movement. Guided by a teaching artist, children will learn how to create shapes and carve out space with their bodies. View libraries, dates and times here.


Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville’s artistic director/founder, Jen-Jen Lin, is honored to be invited by Frist Center for the Visual Arts to be a part of Nick Cave: Fest. Nashville on April 6, Friday.  Lin will be a part of “UPRIGHT.”  This composition represents an empowering rite of passage and transformation.  The other two pieces for events are  BLANKET STATEMENT and HEARD.  To live stream, click here.  All tickets to the live performance at the Symphony Center are sold out.


Visiting Somatic Practitioner Victoria Day and MorningStar Arts offer An Evening of Embodied Drumming, Chanting & Rhythm-Making Sunday, April 8, 5:30-7 p.m. All level of experience are welcomed! Join together to create energy and connection through your awareness of the individual and group bodily experience of sound, vibration and rhythm! 1319 Sweetbriar Avenue. Suggested $15 love offering. Monday, April 9 6:30-8:30 p.m.- Potluck of Play at the Morningstar House.


Epiphany Dance Partners will be performing in Mixed Bill XIV @ Belmont. This is a highlight of the arts program at Belmont when the dance department, under the direction of Deb Belue, presents a full weekend of talented dancers, musicians and choreographers coming together to mark another year of dance!  April 13,14, &15 / Friday, Saturday, Sunday / all shows @ 7:30pm / Troutt Theater


Windows on the World (WOW) International Festival. 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturday, April 14, 2018 on the campus of Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN. This  international festival represents world cultures with food, crafts, music, dance and exhibits. Some booths are for display only; others are for the sale of ethnic crafts. WOW is a fun, free, family event sponsored and funded primarily by the University. Dance and music groups include: traditional Chinese lion dance, Chinese cultural dance, Irish step dancing, Middle Eastern dance, Native American dance, Flamenco, Indian dance.


Nashville Ballet presents Family Day at the Ballet on April 15 from noon-4 p.m. at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet. Join us as imaginations run wild! Make a day of it with an engaging afternoon created with families in mind, including a children’s ballet performance of Aesop’s Fables, movement activities, arts and crafts, and more. Aesop’s Fables weaves together four wildly popular fables—The Tortoise and the HareThe Fox and the CrowThe Wind and the Sun and The Ants and the Grasshopper—to impart a little wisdom to little ones. Families can experience everything that Nashville Ballet has to offer with just one ticket. Learn more and purchase tickets here.


Nashville Ballet takes participants behind the curtain of the highly anticipated Modern Masters during Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn, a four-part lecture series beginning April 17. Modern Masters brings the work of three internationally renowned choreographers together for a hand-selected program that shines a spotlight on some of the most innovative, spectacularly grand dance that’s come out of the ballet world. The program will feature work by choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, Ji?í Kylián and George Balanchine. During this series, Mitchell Korn and Nashville Ballet artistic staff members will illustrate the road to premiering this rare, limited engagement right here in Music City. Registration is $40 per participant and includes admittance to the four-part lecture series as well as 15% off a ticket to Modern Masters (not applicable to previously purchased tickets). Learn more and register here.


School of Nashville Ballet is holding AUDITIONS for its Academy Division (ages 8-18) on April 20 at 5:30 p.m. and its Young Men’s Scholarship Program (ages 6-18) on April 27 at 5:30 p.m. Learn more and save your spot at  (ladies)  or (gentlemen).


Jen-Jen Lin will be one of three honorees at the 2nd annual Amplify Nashville Awards on Thursday, April 26 at OZ Arts by Siloam Health!  Cocktail hour will be 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. and the program will run from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. The evening highlights these honorees as the outstanding contributions made by the often unsung immigrants and refugee members of the Nashville community.  More info and tickets to the event, click here.


DancEast’s Dance Program for Adults will have their first in studio performance on April 27th at 7:30pm to showcase many of our classes for adults including Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary/Modern, Heels, and Tap! Each class will be sharing a dance they’ve learned over the previous 3 weeks of April. Its open to the public and free! 805 Woodland St., EastSide Station.


Friday, April 27th, 6:30-8 p.m. at A.M. Nashville. Somatic and Sound Immersion, A blend of gentle movement explorations and awareness accompanied by healing sounds will help you be more alive and present in your body.  Sound vibrations reach the cellular level and can unlock stuck emotional tension held within our cellular memory, boost your immune system and cultivate a heightened awareness of your inner world and intuition. Robin Barnes and Massood Taj create healing sounds with singing bowls, native flutes and other ancient instruments. Gentle explorations of body patterning and movement individually and in community is facilitated by Amanda Cantrell Roche. Please wear comfortable clothes and join us. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Advance tickets:


April 27th and April 28th 7:00p.m. MTSU Performing Arts Company (MPAC) presents From the Streets to the Stage  at MTSU’s Tucker Theatre.  MPAC is a diverse student dance organization at Middle Tennessee State University founded in 1967 by Anne Holland Cole.  This high energy showcase features 10 works from our MPAC student choreographers highlighting Hip Hop, Afro-House, Contemporary, Modern, Burlesque and Liturgical. MTSU students are FREE with valid ID,  general admission ticket prices are $10. Online tickets may be purchased at or at the door one hour prior to the show. For additional information, contact Angela Ramos 


April 27-29, Isadora Duncan Art, Myth, and Movement. Duncan lived life as art, pioneering free expression through dance. Learn about her extraordinary legacy through a weekend of performances, workshops and lectures presented by the Metro Parks Dance Division and MTSU dance professor Meg Brooker and the Duncan Dance Project in partnership with the ParthenonMetro Parks Centennial Art CenterNew DialectKidsville, Centennial Youth Ballet, and Barfield School of Dance. Find our full event schedule and registration information here:


FALL presents “FALL. Stand. Learn. Fly.” on April 28 & 29 as a site-responsive performance in their home studio at abrasiveMedia. They are thrilled to be joined by long time friends and community partners, Suspended Gravity who bring their energetic and powerful brand of aerial dance to create a perfect complement to FALL’s dance-based stylings. This performance explores all of the different interpretations of what it means to fall…the joys and heartache of new love, the crispness of an autumn day, the resilience of moving on after failure. Each piece draws inspiration from a different literary quote to create a performance as varied as the performers presenting it. Visit for tickets or for more information.


Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville (CAAN) is hosting the annual “World TaiChi and QiGong Day” on Saturday, April 28, 10 AM to noon, at the Dragon Park (Fannie Mae Dees Park) at 24th Ave and Blakemore Avenue.  Free demonstrations and workshops will be presented.  This event is open to the public of all ages.  Come and join us! Click here for more info.


Nashville Freestyle Dance, Sunday April 29th from 6-8pm at the Temple of the Free Spirits (Kennith’s), 1319 Sweetbriar Rd Nashville TN.  Nashville Freestyle Dance is a safe, deep and fun space to move through whatever is arising and to be with community. Come dance with us! This is a donation based offering. More information can be found at .


May Save the Date

Nashville Ballet presents Modern Masters with three performances May 4-6 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Modern Masters brings the work of three internationally renowned choreographers together for a hand-selected program that shines a spotlight on some of the most innovative, spectacularly grand dance that’s come out of the ballet world. Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts draws inspiration from a lyrical score by Grammy-nominated composer and Nashville resident C.F. Kip Winger (of American rock band Winger), while wit and charisma take center stage in Ji?í Kylián’s Six Dances set to Mozart’s Six German Dances. George Balanchine’s masterwork Western Symphony caps off the evening with a rollicking journey to the rugged Old West. An enormous cast of cowboys and dance hall girls showcase Balanchine’s blend of highly demanding, spirited and playful choreography, illustrating why he’s known as the father of American ballet. Learn more and purchase ticketshere.


In partnership with Metro Cultural Arts Division, Blue Moves Modern Dance Company presents Myths: Connecting Universal Experiences, Saturday, May 12, 2018. This multi-media performance explores myths from many cultures, as well as drawing inspiration from structures in Centennial Park such as the Rose Garden Pergola, The Woman’s Suffrage Monument, and The Parthenon. This two-part production includes a free, site-specific walk through experience at three locations in Centennial Park (beginning at 6:30 p.m.), followed by a ticketed performance within Centennial Performing Arts Studios (beginning at 7:30 p.m.). All works were inspired from our exploration of myths, mythological themes and characters, and our daily lives and backgrounds. ½ and ¼ page program ad sales available! Contact for details.


Ongoing Classes and Groups


5Rhythms® SWEAT Practice Tuesdays April 10th, April 24th 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.


Epiphany Dance Partners company class in Centennial Park Studios is open to the public on Tuesday and Thursday 12:00-1:30 in Studio B $12.00 drop-in


New Dialect offers morning classes 5 days a week April 8-May 4, as well as evening classes. For a full schedule:

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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