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, click here to subscribe. 

Greetings Dance Community,

As Dance Happenings continue from Mail Chimp, please be sure my address is in your contact list to ensure these will not go to your spam folder.

October brings my favorite local festival ~ Celebrate Nashville! CAAN will be performing as well as Blue Moves, and other local groups this Saturday. I hope to see you there. Join me that evening at Global Education Center’s Gifts of the Americas performance.

Nashville Ballet hosts a series of conversations this month based on themes in their November production of A Streetcar Named Desire. New Dialect has a sold out show of Third Voice, and our community continues to grow with monthly or weekly practices of Ecstatic Dance, Freestyle Dance, and daily dance classes.

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



October Dance Happenings

Nashville Ballet will host Inside the Ballet Community Conversations focused on the themes of A Streetcar Named Desire that are relevant to today’s social and cultural climate on the following dates:

  • October 1, 6–8 p.m. in collaboration with, and held at, Sexual Assault Center, 101 French Landing Drive, Nashville, TN
  • October 24, 5–7 p.m. including an open rehearsal viewing at Nashville Ballet, 3630 Redmon Street, Nashville, TN
  • October 30, 5:30–7 p.m. in collaboration with, and held at, YWCA, 1608 Woodmont Boulevard, Nashville, TN

Meant to extend the life of Nashville Ballet’s work on stage, Community Conversations exist to raise awareness and deepen engagement around the complex topics presented through a corresponding ballet. This panel conversation will feature an expert on mental abuse, sexual abuse, theater, and ballet. Attendance is free; walk-ups are welcome! Reserve your spot today by calling 615-297-2966 x710.

Blue Moves recognizes October 1st as our birthday, at least on Facebook! We just turned 30 years old and celebrated with magical, once-in-a-decade performance/event last Saturday at Studio 615. Click here to watch a short film with a collaboratively-created narrative that speaks to our identity and history together for three decades, which was one of many story-telling elements of this celebration. We hope members of the Nashville Dance Community will partner with us in visioning and creating what is next by becoming a monthly donor:


Friday Night Frolic October 4, 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:

New Dialect’s THIRD VOICE Installation at Unrequited Leisure on October 4 is sold out, but you can get on the waitlist.


Celebrate Nashville is Saturday, October 5th, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. in Centennial Park. Many local dance groups will be performing. At Noon, World Stage, Chinese Arts Alliance brings exciting performance to the public that includes Chinese Group Drumming, Chinese dances, Taichi demo in addition to traditional lion dance and dragon dance. Just after that, Blue Moves is performing an excerpt of Amanda Cantrell Roche’s social justice dance, “Yearning to Breathe Free” in front of the World Stage at 12:25 p.m.


Global Education Center presents Gifts of the Americas on October 5th at Father Ryan High School Auditorium. Join us to celebrate the people and diverse cultural arts of The Americas, from indigenous dance and music to Afro Latin dance and drums to the rhythms of Latin dance. Featuring many Global artists as well as special guest artist Larry Yazzie, a talented fancy dancer, musician and actor from Meskwaki Nation in Iowa. Tickets:

Bellevue Dance Center is hosting a Dancers Against Cancer fundraising event on Saturday, October 5th! There will be a donation based latin fusion, a modern and a musical theater class along with raffle prizes, photobooth, and more!! Take class or stop by to support a great cause. Details on our Instagram (bellevuedancecenter) or Facebook!

Imaginative, engaging, and educational—Nashville Ballet presents Peter and the Wolf, October 10–13, at its location in Sylvan Park, 3630 Redmon Street, Nashville, TN. This family-friendly production transports audiences into the pages of a life-size storybook as they embark on an unforgettable adventure with Peter and his fun-loving animal friends. Tickets are $15 for children and $20 for adults. One performance is already sold out; tickets are available here:

Saturday, September 12 at 12:30 pm, Celebration of Nations, Bi- Centennial Park, Franklin, CAAN will bring colorful Chinese dances to present Americans with Chinese heritage and experiences.

Becca Hoback presents Corporeal Improvisation // Body View at the Southern Festival of Books. “Corporeal Improvisation” (premiered at Kindling Arts Festival in August 2019) explores a character’s journey from inadvertent somatic dissociation to healthier reintegration. This performance is the first phase in a program entitled Body View: a community engagement initiative, choreographic process, and contemporary dance performance series that seeks to promote healthy self-image and unpack society’s (mis)perceptions about the body. This project is funded in part by Metro Arts. Saturday, 10/12/19 at 10:00am at Southern Festival of Books Performing Arts Stage (located on the plaza beside War Memorial Auditorium next to Union Street).

Hey, y’all! The Nashville Tap Experiment tap dance company will be performing at the Southern Festival of Books at War Memorial Plaza in Downtown Nashville on Sunday afternoon, October 13! We hit the stage at 4 PM. This is our third year in a row performing at the festival, and we would love for you to come out and see us!

School of Nashville Ballet’s Professional Training Division will present a Fall Showcase October 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. at Nashville Ballet in Sylvan Park, 3630 Redmon Street, Nashville, TN. This mixed rep program is suitable for all ages and features classical ballet, contemporary, and modern works all in an impressive display of strong technique and artistry. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10. All donations will go toward funding Nashville Ballet’s Community Engagement initiatives and providing scholarships for School of Nashville Ballet students. Learn more at or by calling 615-297-2966 x910.

Join Nashville Freestyle Dance on Sunday October 20th from 7-9pm for some sweet movement medicine. All are welcome. Your donations make it possible. Address: 1319 Sweetbriar Ave. Nashville TN, 37215. Please park on the street and follow the drive to the studio in back.


Ongoing Classes and Groups


Beginning October 14: Mondays at the Downtown Nashville Public Library (in the Conference Center Gallery – main floor) 2:30-3:15 PM. Come explore space in an all-level stretch and movement class with instructor Carrie Gant of Nashville Dance Cooperative. “Mindful Movement” combines elements of meditation, yoga, and dance into a comprehensive movement class for all. FREE and OPEN TO ALL (chair-based variations will be offered for those not comfortable with floor-based positions and movements).


Ongoing Epiphany class! Tuesday and Thursday 12:00-1:30 Centennial Performing Arts Studios $12.00 drop in

, 9:30 – 10:30 AM, TaiChi with Chinese Arts Alliance in Oct at Cheekwood.  This activity is a part of Cheekwood’s Harvest program.

Ongoing TaiChi at Metro Parks

– Tuesdays 5-6 pm, Coleman Park Community Ct, Dance Studio

– Wednesdays 10-11 am, Sevier Park Community Ct, Dance Studio

DancEast has a new series of classes starting October 13! The 6-week series will conclude in an optional, informal performance on November 22. Check out the class offerings and register today at or email for more information.

Monday Nights: beginner ballet, beg/int lyrical, open-level ballet, and beg/int jazz

Tuesday Nights: beg/int modern and open-level hip hop

Wednesday Nights: beg/int contemporary

Sunday Nights: tap (beginner, intermediate, and advanced)

Join New Dialect weekdays from 9:30-11am at Centennial Performing Arts Studios (CPAS), where we’ll explore a variety of contemporary movement practices designed to connect you to your body and expand your skill sets in community with other movers, makers, and dance lovers in Nashville.
Daily sessions include:
Monday – Embodying Relationships with Erin Law (open level)*

Tuesday – Contemporary Forms with James Barrett (adv)
Wednesday – Ballet + Conditioning with Mary Ruth Isbell (adv)
Thursday – Contemporary Forms with David Flores (adv)
Friday – Guided Improvisation with Rebecca Steinberg (open level)*

*There is no previous experience required to participate in open level sessions. All skill levels and abilities are welcome. New payment policy:
All payments for New Dialect morning classes are made through Metro Parks. Metro accepts cash, check, or card. Single sessions and class passes can be purchased at the front desk at CPAS or via our website
Single session – $12

Professional Discount (1 session) – $10
5 Class Pass – $50 10 Class Pass – $100

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: $20. Contact: Holli McCormick, More Info:,


Save the Date

Nashville Ballet is honored to present world-renowned choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s award-winning adaptation of the Tennessee Williams classic, A Streetcar Named Desire. Bringing this iconic Southern story stateside as the first North American-based ballet company to present Lopez Ochoa’s ballet, Nashville Ballet will bring the story of aging Southern belle Blanche DuBois’s devastating demise centerstage November 1–3 at TPAC’s Polk Theater. A talkback exploring the story’s themes will follow each performance. Tickets are available now at (Content and Trigger Warning: This production is recommended for adult audiences due to mature themes. It contains depictions of sexual violence, physical abuse, and emotional abuse; therefore, it may not be suitable for survivors of similar traumas.)

November 1-3, 2019 Dances of Universal Peace at The Farm Community, Summertown, TN

The Dances of Universal Peace (DUP) are a spiritual practice employing evocative movements and singing sacred phrases and poetry from the world’s spiritual traditions.

The steps are simple and easy to learn, everyone in a circle. As we dance and sing in unison, the vibrations from our voices and musical instruments become as one. There is an uplifting energy present that connects our hearts to one another and to the essence within us.

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. 

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