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 amanda.c.roche@gmail.com

Greetings Dance Community,

It’s been good to see quite a bit of live art in Nashville lately; often there are multiple shows happening on the same nights, and it can be hard to choose. April may prove to be no different. Whether you are a dance student, teacher, choreographer, or artistic director producing your own work, I hope you are able to get out and witness some of the wonderful work that is happening in our city.

Check out the ongoing classes and workshops this month! There are many opportunities to take lessons with champion Argentine Tango instructors in residence for six weeks from Buenos Aires. Gaga comes back to Nashville thanks to New Dialect, with a four-day workshop with Batsheva dancer Ben Green. And there are multiple opportunities to take ongoing classes or drop into one of our growing number of movement communities.

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

Amanda

April Dance Happenings

April 4-7 Spring Dances of Universal Peace with Allaudin Ottinger at The Farm Community http://greenliferetreats.com/april-5-7-spring-dances-of-universal-peace 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, sometimes moving in one direction or the other, at other times with a partner, all while chanting and singing together. 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. It is a very powerful spiritual experience and an incredible way to create a heart connection and build a sense of community.

Epiphany Dance Partners has 2 events this month!  April 5, 6, & 7   7:30pm  @ Troutt Theater, 2112 Belmont Blvd. Join us for Mixed Bill XV where we will be premiering dreamwork with music by Arvo Part and special dance guest Mary Beth Hill of FALL. Tickets are $10 online or at the door. online tickets

Friday, April 19   7:00pm   @ First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Road  Tenebrae is a service of light and shadows, movement, text and music to take us through the events of Good Friday. Free and open to the public.

 

Friday Night Frolics at Art & Soul Studio facilitated by Amanda Cantrell Roche continues Friday, April 5th 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: https://www.artandsoulnashville.com/friday-frolic.

Milonga featuring a performance by World Champion Argentine tango dancers Marcos Periera and Florencia Borgnia Saturday April 6, 9-12:00 a.m. $15 includes light snacks and drink (BYOB), Global Education Studio at Casa Azafran (dance studio).

Seen 4/6 Saturday, April 6, at DancEast a handful of creators are showing up to share works in progress. No budget, no expectations, no length requirement, no specific medium, no excuses — just diving into creative practice and holding the space for each other. Help them be seen and share the space with us! Bring a friend, get cozy, and cheer on the courage it takes to share your art. There will be wine, snacks, art, and good people. Featuring works-in-process by: Harper Addison, Carrie Gant, Erin Kouwe, Amanda Reichert, Alex Winer. Doors at 7:30, sharing starts around 8. Parking in the lot is free until 9:30 (signs say 8:30, it’s really 9:30, promise). https://www.facebook.com/events/476393489565025

Nashville Freestyle Dance, Sunday April 7th 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 to be with community and move through whatever is arising. Come share with us! All are welcome to this is a donation based offering. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/627816110627585/ .

The MTSU Dance Theatre, presents their spring dance concert in the Tucker Theatre Thursday – Saturday, April 18 – 20 at 7:30pm. The concert features faculty and student choreography, as well as a new work by visiting choreographer Daniel Gwirtzman. Daniel Gwirtzman, Artistic Director of the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company celebrates twenty-one years as a New York choreographer and company director. His diverse repertory has earned praise for its humor, stylistic versatility, musicality, charisma and accessibility. The New Yorker describes him as a choreographer of “high spirits and skill.”  For more information about the MTSU Dance program visit www.mtsu.edu/dance  or contact program director Marsha Barsky.

fine lines between is an independent, collaborative dance concert that will take place on April 19th at 8pm at the Z. Alexander Looby Theater. Directed and shaped by Emily Haussler, the concert provides a platform for local emerging artists to share their voice through the honest, unfiltered, genuine expression of movement. The concert will be approximately one hour in length and is free and open to the public with a suggested $10 donation/ticket. Ticketing link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fine-lines-between-a-collaborative-dance-concert-tickets-57640830275

For more information on the show and its collaborators, see the performance page at www.emilyhaussler/fine-lines-between


Ben Folds with Nashville Ballet
 will take the stage April 26-28 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Highlighting innovation and artistry, this season’s Modern Masters series showcases choreographers that have challenged the bounds of the art form through big ideas and intriguing collaborations. The Ben Folds Project: Concerto makes its triumphant homecoming after Nashville Ballet’s critically acclaimed Kennedy Center debut in 2017 and a tour to the Chautauqua Institution in 2018. George Balanchine’s Duo Concertant delivers a rare look at the breadth of the father of American ballet’s magnificent repertory, while The Lottery keeps audiences and dancers both on edge with the promise of a thrilling climax—the ballet’s final soloist will be selected by a real lottery live on stage. Inspired by the beauty of Eastern rituals, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Bloom rounds out the program. Tickets are available now: https://bit.ly/2YwQPL9

 

2019 World Taichi and QiGong Day Celebration
April 27, Saturday, 10 am to noon
At the Dragon Park, Fannie Mae Dees Park ( 24th Ave.. & Blakemore Ave.)
Free Tai and Qigong demonstrations and workshops will be presented
It is a free admission event, all are welcome. Wear comfortable outfits and be ready to move!
Www. ChineseArtsAlliance.org

Ecstatic Dance Nashville April Pop-up: Sunday April 4/28 @ Soulace 11am-1pm The Ecstatic Dance space is completely free form with live DJed music, and is a space free of drugs, alcohol, conversation or talking, fragrances, instructions and judgments.  There is no right or wrong way to move – and lots of Freedom to explore your response to the music and energy of the co-created space.

Facebook group for up-to-date infohttps://www.facebook.com/groups/ecstaticdancenashville/

* For more info on Ecstatic Dance: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ecstaticdancenashville/permalink/1008763342655605/

* HIGHLY ENCOURAGED: Online Orientation for Conscious/Ecstatic Dance: https://movement-medicine-u.thinkific.com/courses/body-language-101-for-conscious-dance

* Work-Trade Opportunities  – please contact Holli

Contact: Holli McCormick at info@MovementMedicine.love, +1 650.485.1595

 

MTSU Performing Arts Company (MPAC) presents “MPAC Rising” on Saturday, April 27th, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 28th, 5:00 p.m. at MTSU’s Tucker Theatre. This high-energy, student choreography showcase explores many genres of dance including Contemporary, Fusion, Hip Hop, and Heels. Performance is FREE with MTSU student I.D.  General Admission is $10.  Please come support dance in our community as well as our student choreographers and dancers.

Save the Date

Join New Dialect + Intermission for Third Voice: an evening of original music, dance, and visual art curated by New Dialect company dancers and composers from Intermission Arts Collective, Saturday, May 4, from 6-10pm at Track One. Admission is FREE, drinks will be provided, and people are welcome to come and go as they please.

Ecstatic Dance Nashville is going weekly on Fridays starting May 10th @ Construct Dance Studio

The Ecstatic Dance space is completely free form with live DJed music, and is a space free of drugs, alcohol, conversation or talking, fragrances, instructions and judgments.  There is no right or wrong way to move – and lots of Freedom to explore your response to the music and energy of the co-created space.

Facebook Group for up-to-date infohttps://www.facebook.com/groups/ecstaticdancenashville/

* For more info on Ecstatic Dance: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ecstaticdancenashville/permalink/1008763342655605/

* HIGHLY ENCOURAGED: Online Orientation for Conscious/Ecstatic Dance: https://movement-medicine-u.thinkific.com/courses/body-language-101-for-conscious-dance

* Work-Trade Opportunities  – please contact Holli

Contact: Holli McCormick at info@MovementMedicine.love, +1  650.485.1595

 

Farewell Milonga for World Champion Argentine tango dancers Marcos Periera and Florencia Borgnia Saturday May 11, 8:30-11:30 a.m. $15 at Global Education Studio at Casa Azafran (dance studio). $10 includes light snacks and drink (BYOB)

TAD presents the Dance Professionals’ Summit, professional development workshops for dance teachers, on MTSU in Murfreesboro. May 31-June 2. For more details visit

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dance-professionals-summit-tickets-57334882176?

Ongoing Classes and Groups

Maeva Movement 3-week series with Laurel Desmarais classes run Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm running April 9/16/23rd This class embodies the essence of Maeva Movement. Connecting mind and body though the core principles of Pilates, the lengthening elements of Yoga and sprinkling in moments of Dance, this class is geared for everyone. Move and groove to a funky playlist designed to inspire your body to move with freedom and confidence. All levels welcome. Pre-registration required $40 please email to reserve your spot: info@maevamovement.com at Maeva Movement, 604 Gallatin Ave Suite 204, Nashville TN 37206

New Dialect Community Classes continue this month at Centennial Performing Arts Studios and DancEast! For details on ALL our upcoming workshops and to register, visit newdialect.org/classes.

New Dialect dancer Rebecca Steinberg leads Open Level Evening Classes in Guided Improvisation, Wednesdays from 7:30-8:45pm, at DancEast. These classes are designed for people of all experience levels and abilities, ages 18+.  We’ll be working with sensation and imagery based prompts each week to spark our imaginations, listen to our bodies, and move at our own pace. There’s absolutely no right or wrong way to participate! Register for single sessions or all 10 classes at a discount on our website: https://www.newdialect.org/evening-class-2019

New Dialect Morning Classes have moved to Centennial Performing Arts Studios! Classes meet weekdays from 9:30-11am and include Improvisation Games (open level), Ballet + Conditioning (adv), Contemporary Forms (adv), and Guided Improv (open level). Movers of all abilities ages 16+ are welcome to join us.

**Due to CPAS policy, all Morning Class payments must now be made through New Dialect’s website. There you can purchase everything from single sessions, professional & scholarship discounts, and multiple class passes. We will not be able to take cash or credit card payments at the door, so please plan ahead. Visit https://www.newdialect.org/morning-classes-2019 for more information and to purchases your Morning Classes!

Batsheva dancer and former New Dialect dancer, Ben Green, returns to Nashville for a 4-day Gaga dancers/people workshop, Monday-Thursday, April 15-18, from 9:30-11am at Centennial Performing Arts Studios. To register for single sessions or all 4 in advance visit: https://www.newdialect.org/gaga We highly recommend signing up now, as spots will fill quickly!

Epiphany Dance Partners Ongoing classes Tuesday and Thursday 12:00-1:30 @ Centennial Park   $12.00 drop-in Are you interested in dancing with the company next season? Please feel welcome to drop in to class, check out our website or Instagram, talk to company dancers – or former dancers in the community (there are a lot of them!) – and especially let Lisa know if you are curious. All the dancers are actively involved in the creative process and with our 2 day a week schedule we can all be creative with the other parts of our lives. Lisa @ 615-838-8381 or in the studio!

Champion Argentine Tango dancers …. Marcos Periera and Florencia Borgnia from Buenos Aires are Residence in Nashville …

Events and classes during their residency:
CLASSES with World Champion Argentine tango dancers Marcos Periera and Florencia Borgnia artists in Residence from Buenos Aires

April 1-May 9:

Nashville Tango Club presents:

  • Mondays April 1-May 6-Beginners Argentine tango class & practica7:00-9:00 p.m.with World Champion Argentine tango dancers Marcos Periera and Florencia Borgnia artists in residence from Buenos Aires at Global Education Center back studio.
  • Thursdays April 4 – May 9 intermediate Argentine tango class & practica 7:15-9:15 p.m.with World Champion Argentine tango dancers Marcos Periera and Florencia Borgnia artists in residence from Buenos Aires at Global Education Studio at Casa Azafran (dance studio).
  • Saturdays April 6, 23, 30 Argentine tango musicality and sequences class 3:30-5:00 p.m. with World Champion Argentine tango dancers Marcos Periera and Florencia Borgnia artists in residence from Buenos Aires at Global Education Studio at Casa Azafran (dance studio).

Cost: $90 for 6 class pass, $135 for 9 class pass, or $18 drop in. See NTC’s Facebook page for more details.

Vanderbilt Tango Club presents:

Tuesdays April 2-May 6- Argentine tango technique class & practica (all-levels) 7:00-9:00 p.m. with World Champion Argentine tango dancers Marcos Periera and Florencia Borgnia artists in residence from Buenos Aires. 1st 3 weeks at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center lower level rooms 1 and 2. 2nd 3 weeks at the Vanderbilt recreation center in studio B.

Fees: $90 for all 6 classes or $18 drop in. $5 for full-time students. Students who bring a friend the first night get in 2 for 1. See VTC’s Facebook Page for more details, maps, and parking suggestions.

Argentine tango private lessons with World Champion Argentine tango dancers Marcos Periera and Florencia Borgnia artists in residence from Buenos Aires. Ranging from $100-$120 per hour. Florencia and Marcos will be in Nashville until May 17! Contact Irina to book:  (615) 509-0338

 

 

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. (April 13th and April 27th) The class and jam are both open level and pricing is sliding scale with a suggested donation of $15-20. https://www.facebook.com/Nashville-Contact-Improvisation-347518668768434/

WIndship Boyd is teaching African and Afro-contemporary dance at  Hadley Park on Mondays from 6:15-7:15pm and Sevier Park on Tuesdays from 7-8pmAll classes are $5 with the exception of the first Monday of each month where we have two live drummers at Hadley Park. The class fee is $10 on those evenings.  This month will be featuring the drummer-xylophonist Alfred Kpebesaane, who will be participating in some classes to teach us movements and rhythms from Ghana. Join the FB page African Dance Classes in Nashville to get more information.  For the dance-drum-yoga workshops in West Africa, type workshopingambia.com. There will be one in June and another in January, take your pick!

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 amanda.c.roche@gmail.com

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