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 and be able to submit listings, click here to subscribe.
Greetings Dance Community,
I hope your summer is getting off to a good start.
In July, I’ll be putting together a short film project for and with Blue Moves in which I hope to include many members of the dance community. It would likely be an hour or less of your time, and would require you to answer the question, in five words or less, “How do you work for peace?” There may be origami cranes involved. Filming will likely be on a Sunday afternoon. Please message me if you’re interested!
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.
Speaking of that, Nashville Dance Community needs an Instagram account, but because I manage 2 ½ IG accounts already, I’m reluctant to take on another. Would anyone be willing to create and manage an account, and make me an admin? This is a totally volunteer experience to help continue to build connection amount the Nashville Dance Community, and ideally beyond the primarily contemporary and ballet groups/dancers represented here. Content could be just reposting local dance events in which we are tagged. If you wanted to do more, live streaming before or after shows/classes/intensives and more could be on the table, as long as it stays true to the mission of supporting a broad swath of this community and staying locally-focused and on adult dancers. Let me know if you’d like to help!
June Dance Happenings
@DanceWithDre is hosting a 90 min 90s cardio dance party on Friday June 4 from 6-7:30 pm. Class is at Sevier Park Community Center (3021 Lealand Ave in 12 South) for $10. No advance reservation is required. Class will be in a very spacious gym setting. Come get a killer workout to all your favorite 90s/2000s hits!
Bridge Movement June 4-6, offered by founder and co-producer Robi, aims to create more intersectionality between the concert and commercial dance worlds. It features a stellar line-up of instructors from New Dialect, Found Movement Group, and more with one, two, and three day passes available. Instagram: @bridgemvmnt
Dancer Clinic facilitated in-person by Laura Hicks Foutz of Pilates Franklin, Dr. Elizabeth H. Tilstra of Tilstra Physical Therapy, and Melissa Croushorn of eMCeeMovement Saturday, June 5, 12-4pm at Pilates Franklin in Cool Springs. Clinic is geared towards pre-professional dancers preparing for summer dance programs or college dance programs with a focus on injury prevention, dancer wellness, cross-training, and career planning. $120. Register: https://www.emceemovement.com/dancer-clinic
Get your tickets for the virtual premiere of PYDANCE’s newest work “SINAJ” at the Emerging Choreographers Series #8 Virtual Performance with Mare Nostrum Elements and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. Click the link below to purchase tickets for this special event!
Performance Dates: June 6th @ 2pm EST , June 7th @ 7pm EST (Performance/Q+A) Tickets: $10 virtual admission Link: https://lpac.nyc/livestream-events
“SINAJ” is a choreographic embodiment of stardom as three individuals attempt to break out of their lifestyles, pawned for entertainment and media. This virtual performance will be the premiere of PYDANCE’s latest creation, choreographed by Nashville-based Asia Pyron.
Contemporary Dance Intensive for adults and older teens at DancEast June 7-11, 9:30AM-3:00PM: Explore, create and collaborate; each day will begin with somatics and technique classes (featuring guest instructors Curtis Thomas and Andrea Greene), followed by improvisation and a choreographic lab. Choreographers Amanda Reichert and Rebecca Steinberg will join forces with musician/composer Max Drummey to create an original work in collaboration with the workshop participants. The workshop will culminate in an informal showing on Friday, June 11 at 3:30PM.
Teen Dance Intensive with Erin Kouwe and Curtis Thomas at DancEast June 14-18, 11:15AM-3:45PM: Curtis Thomas and Erin Kouwe are thrilled to be returning to Nashville to lead a movement workshop for teens. Each day they will teach their own distinct contemporary dance classes, centered around dynamic and playful use of textures, weight shift, and momentum to encourage flow, integration, and the joy of moving as a community. Together their composition classes will focus on finding different ways to create and craft movement material, and the making of dances that express the wonder and stories from our bodies. The workshop will culminate in an informal showing on Friday, June 18 at 4:15PM.
KIT presented by novel, premieres June 11th and runs through the 13th. This evening length work will give the audience an intimate view of personal conflict through the lens of expressive movement. Tickets are going fast so purchase yours HERE! (novel.dance/performances)
Middle Tennessee Youth Ballet Summer Intensive June 21-24 and/or July 19-22. Classes are 9:00-3:00. Ages 7 and up. One week $175. Two weeks $300. To register contact MTYB at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OZ Arts Nashville presents ENACTOR: Three Solo Dances performed by Becca Hoback. Riveting dancer and performer Becca Hoback commands the stage with virtuosic performances of a trio of new solo dances that explore the relationship between the body, womanhood, and a rapidly changing society. A popular local favorite for her memorable performances in New Dialect productions, Hoback shines in the world premiere of Offering created with her long-time collaborator and Batsheva member Ben Green; another world premiere created specifically for Becca called Is this Good? by celebrated choreographer Ana Maria Lucaciu; and A Girl, the solo version of Roy Assaf’s wildly popular Girls which was seen on the OZ Arts stage in 2019. Together, these solo works establish Hoback as a virtuosic performer and an inventive independent artist in her own right. The performances in OZ Arts’ expansive creative warehouse will have a limited capacity with distanced seating. Masks and social distancing required at all times. Performances June 24-26 at OZ Arts! Tickets starting at $20: https://ci.ovationtix.com/35222/production/1046894
There are just 3 sessions left of New Dialect’s outdoor class series at Centennial Art Center! June 3-12, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30-11am. Nashville dance community members Asia Pyron, Erin Law, Sarah Ledbetter, David Flores, and Becca Hoback will lead collaborative creative process sessions designed for folx of all levels and backgrounds. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with your community and your passion to move! Masks and safe-distancing required. Suggested donation $10 to support artist facilitators’ fees. For more info and a detailed schedule, follow New Dialect on Instagram @new_dialect.
Open-level Summer Classes for adults and older teens at DancEast begin June 8: Tuesdays 6:40-7:40PM Ballet and 7:45-8:45PM Contemporary with Lindsay Fine Smith; Wednesdays 7:30-8:30PM Jazz with Carrie Gant.
Advanced/Professional Level Classes at DancEast: Contemporary with Rebecca Steinberg EVERY Wednesday from 9:30-11:00AM; Contemporary with Curtis Thomas ONLY June 11, 14 & 18 from 9:30-11:00AM; Ballet with Andrea Greene ONLY June 8 & 10 from 9:30-11:00AM.
Global Education Center continues to slowly re-introduce some of its classes for adults and teens. The next six-week session of Bollywood will begin on June 3, $50 for the series. Adult Capoeira classes continue on Thursdays at 7 pm and Saturdays at 2:30 pm. All of these classes are at our Charlotte Avenue site, 4822 Charlotte Avenue.
Want to move with novel? We have ongoing community class taught on rotation by Spencer Grady, Lyle Oberman, and Phylicia Roybal. Class is taught every Wednesday 9am-10am at 213 Brawner Ave, Madison. Keep up with our ever changing class schedule HERE! (novel.dance/events)
Faithful Rhythm Productions is in the process of putting together periodic tap jams. We are looking for local tap dancers and jazz musicians to collaborate and perform with. Please contact us at email@example.com if you are a tap dancer or jazz musician and are interested.
Save the Date
Celebration Dance Festival has 2 new festival locations. Nashville December 3-5 and Universal Orlando Feb 10-13. www.celebrationdancefest.com
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.