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 a big month for dance in Nashville! New Dialect premiers the long-awaited world premier of The Triangle at OZ + Girls, Nashville Ballet presents the world premier of Vasterling’s Lucy Negro Redux, TPAC presents Les Ballet Trockadero De Monte Carlo, and there are performances by Numinous Flux, Rejoice School of Ballet, and Dashing and Darling as well. AbrasiveMedia holds auditions for their new in-school Project Awake, and Blue Moves holds auditions for their 30th Anniversary Season. (Thank you, btw, for all who have donated to our 30th season fundraising!). Ongoing classes and monthly workshops offer the opportunity to keep moving and exploring all 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


February Dance Happenings

Saturday, February 2 is Global Education Center’s Global Birthday Bash, celebrating 23 years of multicultural arts programing, and many of the cultures that call Global home. Global’s professional teaching and performing artists will share their traditional arts, as will a few student groups. From West African, Afro Latin, Latin, Mexican, South Indian, Chinese to American Hip Hop and Tribal Belly Dance, embark on a journey that touches many corners of the world through dance and music. Father Ryan High School Auditorium, 7 p.m., Tickets $15 adults, $10 students, $5 12 and under.



Numinous Flux has an informal showcase Sunday, February 3rd at 2p at Abrasive Media. The show is comprised of a collection of Laura Valentine’s latest works inspired by many different great writers that took on winter in their poetry. There are many facets of this season we are experiencing reflected by the dancers: the landscape, the body against the elements, the intimacy, the symbolism, the longing. Tickets are $10 at the door.


Friday Night Frolics, a new monthly series at Art & Soul Studio facilitated by Amanda Cantrell Roche continues Friday, February 8th 6-7:30 p.m. Do you yearn to unwind and move in a community of playful adults? Friday Night Frolics are designed to be playful explorations of dance in a safe, communal setting. With a blend of whimsy and grounding, lightly guided exercises and games will allow you to drop into your body and explore the canvass of air and space individually, and with others. ALL LEVELS WELCOME – bring a friend who is not a trained dancer but who would love to share the magic of dancing with a group. $20. Pre registration recommended:

Nashville Ballet will present the world premiere of Artistic Director Paul Vasterling’s Lucy Negro Redux February 8-10 at TPAC’s Polk Theater. Lucy Negro Redux explores the mysterious love life of literary great William Shakespeare through the perspective of the illustrious Dark Lady for whom many of his famed sonnets were written. Based on the book by Nashville poet Caroline Randall Williams, the contemporary ballet explores themes of love, otherness, equality and beauty as the narrator embarks on a journey to discover her own power and worth. Featuring an original score by GRAMMY-winning artist and MacArthur Grant recipient Rhiannon Giddens with spoken word performed by Williams, Lucy is an imaginative drama brimming with wit and relevancy. This production is recommended for adults due to explicit language and mature themes. Tickets start at only $30; availability is limited. Purchase here:

Blue Moves holds Auditions for male and female dancers, 18+, for our 30th Anniversary Season on Sunday, February 10th, 5-7 p.m. at DancEast in East Side Station, 805 Woodland St. We need strong contemporary/modern dancers to join us as we restage repertory and create new works celebrating our past, present, and future. Must be available for Sunday rehearsals 4:30-7:30 p.m. We are a democratically-structured company, with all members having a voice in our artistic direction and production. More info

Meditative movement, also called authentic or contemplative movement, is a practice that integrates mind and body in a natural way. It helps to develop conscious awareness. In the presence of a neutral, compassionate witness, the mover can relax into moving, led from within. Connections with one’s own creative process are enhanced, memories come and go, and insights are experienced. Please wear comfortable clothes. Facilitated by Deanie French at Art & Soul, Sunday, February 10 1-4 p.m. Fee: $45 (Members $40) each class

Nashville Freestyle Dance, Sunday February 10th from 6-8pm at the Temple of the Free Spirits (Kennith’s), 1319 Sweetbriar Rd Nashville TN.  Nashville Freestyle is a light, energetic and open space that is safe to move through whatever is arising and to be with community. Come share with us! All are welcome to this is a donation based offering. More information can be found at .

Blue Moves invites you to become a partner with us in celebrating 30 years of democratically-produced dance by February 14th! You can help support our 30th year Gala/Performance and Season by becoming a Forever Blue monthly donor at $20 per month. There are also $10 and $15 per month levels, or a one-time Happy 30th Anniversary gift of $30.

Rejoice School of Ballet presents “Coppelia” a comedic, classical ballet that will entertain the entire family. Around 25 pre-professional track students at Rejoice will bring this well-loved, kid-friendly ballet to life.

February 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 2 p.m.

February 15 and 22 at 7p.m.

4th Story Theater, 2200 West End Ave.

Tickets available at:

$12 for Adults

$10 for Children 12 and Under

Founded in 2000, Rejoice School of Ballet is a non-profit ballet school in East Nashville that seeks to make excellent classical ballet training accessible to diverse students while also offering programming focused on life skills, health and nutrition, diversity and spiritual formation.

Our Mission: Rejoice School of Ballet empowers youth to realize their potential by training, nurturing and celebrating dancers from diverse racial, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

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Saturday Feb. 16 Dashing and Darling invite you to step under the big top for a night of black and white silent circus, live music, and love stories. Like nothing you’ve ever seen before, a journey that plays out like a live action silent film on stage with an eclectic cast of some of the strongest fiercest circus performers weaving in and out to represent all the different aspects of love.

It’s a perfect night for your Valentine’s Day celebrations.

Step right up to The Crimson Frolics!

Little Harpeth Brewing

Doors at 7pm

Tickets $20.00–nashville/crimson-frolics/

New Dialect returns to OZ Arts Nashville, February 22-24, with two premieres inspired by women and their resilience, The Triangle and Girls.

After artistic director Banning Bouldin was diagnosed with a debilitating neurological disorder, she began investigating new methods that would allow her to continue choreographing. This research led to the creation of The Triangle, a surrealistic new work that poetically combines conceptual fashion, sculpture, and powerful imagery to re-envision limitations as opportunities to uncover new strengths.
The program also includes the U.S. premiere of award winning Israeli choreographer Roy Assaf’s Girls. Praised for its intricate and thoughtful choreography, Girls presents a multifaceted and complex vision of contemporary women in society and challenges audiences to reflect on our perceptions of what it means to be “a girl”.

For show times, tickets, and more information visit Discounted tickets are available to artists, educators, and students HERE.

Be sure to join us for two workshop opportunities in conjunction with these performances!

Master Class with Roy Assaf + Ariel Freedman, February 20, from 1-2:30pm at OZ Arts Nashville.

Participants are invited to explore Roy’s movement language and creative process, and to observe New Dialect’s tech rehearsal of Girls. Click HERE for more details and to register.

Experiential workshop + Artist Talk with Banning Bouldin & New Dialect, February 15, from 5:30-7pm at 21c Museum Hotel.

Immerse yourself in the images and sensations Banning used to create The Triangle. This creative movement workshop will be followed by an informal performance excerpt of the work and artist talk with Banning and members of New Dialect. Admission is FREE, but you need to register HERE in advance. No previous dance experience is required to participate. All abilities and skill sets are welcome.

TPAC presents Les Ballet Trockadero De Monte Carlo Friday, February 21st , 7:30 p.m. at Andrew Jackson Hall. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo was founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and en travesty.

abrasiveMedia is holding auditions for it’s latest multi-disciplinary theatrical production, Project Awake. The show blends dance, martial arts, acrobatics, and aerial arts to help high-school audiences realize their similarities, gain respect for their differences, and unite to make their schools a better and safer place for all. Project Awake’s debut cast runs March – July and debut team members will receive first invitations for the inaugural show season that runs August 2019 – May 2020. Submit audition applications online at

Preparing for summer dance programs? As a coach and consultant for creative/somatic practitioners, Melissa Croushorn previously worked at Boston Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Miami City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and The Joyce Theater in dance education. In Higher Education, she held a hybrid position at Penn State focused on student engagement in the arts. Check out video resources for parents and students on maximizing summer dance program experiences:

March and Beyond, Save the Date


Due to the inclement winter weather on January 20, the Tennessee Tap Workshop at Concordia Arts Academy, hosted by the Southern Open Rhythm Collective and the Midwest Open Rhythm Exchange, was POSTPONED. The instructors were unable to travel down because of the weather conditions. The workshop has been rescheduled for March 3 from 1.30-6.30 pm at Concordia Arts Academy in Thompson’s Station, TN. Open to the public! Classes offered include beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes, as well as Improv 101 and a dance teachers-only class. There will also be an improv tap jam at the end of the classes, plus a Q&A session with faculty. Individual classes are $35, the tap jam is $10, and three-class all-access passes are $95. Teachers can participate for FREE if they bring FIVE OR MORE of their strudents, and they all sign up for the all-access passes. Register at

Please contact the MORE or the SORC at or if you have any questions or concerns. We apologize for any inconvenience that this postponement may have caused. We hope to see you then!

TPAC presents Mayumana March 29th, 8 p.m. at Polk Theater. Mayumana is a spectacular show that combines a variety of elements: specially made . . . musical instruments, massive video art projections including video mapping on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and eleven skilled performers in constant movement, playing on different instruments and musically juggling between different sounds.


Family Day at the Ballet will be at Nashville Ballet (3630 Redmon St., Nashville, TN 37209) on Sunday, March 31 with activities for the entire family available from noon to 3:30 p.m. The day brings children’s book favorites to life with a wildly entertaining performance of Degas and the Little Dancer and a Dragons Love Tacos story time. Interactive movement activities give little ones a chance to show off their moves, while arts and crafts allow kiddos to unleash their creative side. Each performance of Degas & the Little Dancer is approximately 30 minutes; performances will run each hour beginning at 12:30 p.m. for a total of four performance times from which to choose. Families are encouraged to come before or stay after their ticketed performance to enjoy the additional festivities. Purchase tickets here:

Ongoing Classes and Groups

FALL’s spring season begins Feb 11 and includes open company class on Monday/Wednesday 9:30-11:00am at abrasiveMedia. If you’re missing New Dialect classes as they prepare for their performance at OZ, join us through the month of February for Contemporary Technique/Improvisation on Monday & Ballet for Contemporary Dancers on Wednesday, $10 drop-ins. Contact with questions.

CORRECTION: The dates previously announced were incorrect. Please see below!

Space is still available for the FALL Aerial and Dance Intensive, July 22-26, 2019, which will offer a unique, intensive week of training for both aerialists and dancers. All participants will have the chance to further their own art form as well as expand their movement vocabulary and learn new styles. We will offer both introductory and advanced contemporary dance and aerial classes, as well as combined master classes in improvisation, somatics, FALL repertoire, and more, taught by FALL Company Artists and some of the best aerial / dance instructors Nashville has to offer. The week will culminate in a collaborative final showing developed between dancers and aerialists to showcase the brilliance of both styles and the ways that they can influence and inform each other. 

All day or half day options are available, with early registration discounts available until March 1. Visit–intensives for prices, sample schedule, how to register, and more.

Nashville Contact Improvisation will be hosting a Contact Improv class and jam the second and fourth Saturday of every month from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at Friend’s Meeting House. (February 9th and February 23rd) The class and jam are both open level and pricing is sliding scale with a suggested donation of $15-20.

5Rhythms Nashville practices movement meditation every other Tuesday from 7-9pm at The Global Education Center West (Studio A). *Please enter along the side of the building from 49th St.
All dancers and movers welcome! No dance experience necessary. February 12 and February 26
$20 Door

Belly Dance Flow with Leila Baradaran at Maeva Movement. This three week workshop will meet Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm, February 7th, 21st and 28th. Classes incorporate the basics of Belly Dance sprinkled with Brazillian Samba & Persian Dance styles. Class focuses on isolation, rhythm, and drills starting with a center warm up progressing to movement across the floor. Explore the joy of dance while getting a great workout! All levels are welcome. Self-Investment $40 please e-mail to pre-register

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 would like to be added, send an add request to

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