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,

Already time to get ready for fall classes and programs! And today is the first day of the Kindling Arts Festival, where you can see four dance performances in addition to theater. I’ll be there!

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


August Dance Happenings

Ballet Instructors and Assistant Teacher Volunteers Needed  Dancing Through the Curriculum Date/Time: Saturdays 8:30- 10:30 Venue: Hadley Park Community Center Email: Website:            Dancing Through the Curriculum (DTC) is looking for experienced ballet instructors to lead our creative movement class from 8:30- 9:15 for ages 2-4 and beginner ballet from 9:30- 10:30 for ages 8-12 on Saturday mornings at Hadley Park Community Center.  We are also looking for volunteers who are interested in getting more hands on experience teaching young dancers to assist with the classes OR dancers who might be interested in volunteering to teach one (1 hour) master class during the week of October 7th between the hours of 7:00- 4:00.  If interested, please email

Nashville Ballet is currently seeking energetic and experienced Teaching Artists of dance
 for its expanded Community Engagement programs. Submit your cover letter and resume to the Community Engagement Manager, Briona Richardson, at We encourage submitting videos of your work, if available. Submissions will be reviewed before applicants are brought in for interviews. ALL applicants MUST be available Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 10:00am to 3:00pm for a workshop. Teaching Artists will work with Nashville Ballet to provide enrichment to students for school day and after school programs, during the academic calendar year.

Kindling Arts Festival 2019 runs August 1-4 in venues around Wedgewood-Houston, bringing together some of Nashville’s most exciting choreographers, performers, directors, and performance artists. The four-day event features a total of 9 productions with more than 80 Nashville-based artists on stage. For information on the full lineup and weekend pass / flex pass options, visit: The four main dance events featured in the 2019 Festival include:

OBSESSION Found Movement Group Date/Time: Thursday, August 1st at 10PM + Friday, August 2nd at 8PM Venue: Flamingo Cocktail Club Price: Pay-what-you-can Donation. Secure your spot: 

Obsession is an immersive site-specific dance-theatre experience that will provoke questions about your own preoccupations and desires. Acclaimed directors Stacie Flood-Popp & Cailin Manning collaborate on a wholly unique event utilizing the grounds of the Flamingo Cocktail Club that reveals what makes us weak in the knees and surrender to that place beyond curiosity. Whether for a moment or a lifetime, obsessions — as small or grandiose as they might be — forever alter us for better or worse. What are the limits of your obsession? Or is that obsession an addiction?

COUNTERPOINT An Evening Celebrating Emerging Female Choreographers                        Becca Hoback, McKay House, Amanda Howard, Lena Mazel & Lauren Cougan, Tosha Marie Pendergrast, Hadassah Perry, Amanda Reichert

Date/Time: Thursday, August 1st at 8PM + Friday, August 2nd at 8PM Venue: The Garage at Track OnePrice: $15 in advance / $20 at the door Tickets: Bringing together some of the most exciting choreographers in Nashville, Counterpoint offers a series of unique perspectives on the world through the eyes of young women. The assemblage of seven short-form dance pieces includes a focus on representations of the female body, the changing state of comedy, complex interpersonal relationships, and meditations on contemporary society’s expectations of women. Blending exciting floor choreography, aerial work, and original film, Counterpoint is an evening not to be missed.

Including performances of “Catharsis” by Tosha Marie Pendergrast, “it must have been the morning and we must have been each other” by McKay House, “Kismet” by Hadassah Perry, “Me 2” by Amanda Howard, “Out of Place” by Lena Mazel & Lauren Cougan, “Rendering” by Becca Hoback, “Wrong Number” by Amanda Reichert

WAVELENGTH Suspended Gravity Date/Time: Saturday, August 3rd at 8PM + Sunday, August 4th at 4PM Venue: The Garage at Track One Price: $15 in advance / $20 at the door. Tickets: 

Explore the rhythms of connection and community with Suspended Gravity’s latest knockout aerial-dance performance. Set to an electronica-inspired soundtrack,Wavelength utilizes the flow of a single day to reflect moments of commonality, joy, and loneliness in the midst of the bustle of modern urban life. The evening promises a range of dynamic emotions and physical feats as each performer creates a universal message through their personal strength on aerial apparatus.

KNITTY GRITTY Bernadette Turnage & Hannah McCarthy, Date/Time: Saturday, August 3rd at 4PM Venue: Silo Room at Track One, Price: $15 in advance / $17 at the door Tickets:

Compiling stories about women told through movement by women, Knitty Gritty is an original dance work weaving together tales to tie us together. Energetic, emerging female choreographers – led by Hannah McCarthy and Bernadette Turnage – take over the evocative Silo Room to explore the female experience through movement and portray the interconnectedness of women throughout time. As the performers use their own bodies to weave new fabrics, both literal and metaphorical, the collective reclaims an art form associated with quiet domesticity and presents it as a powerful unifying force worthy of celebration.


Exploring Safe Connection & “Talking” Non-Verbally – Sat Aug 3rd

An intro to Ecstatic Dance, Body Language and Somatic tools.  Create a vocabulary for yourself and those around you that will help you dive into learning to “hear” from your body first – and then learning to connect outwards with other bodies and their “non-verbal” language.  All levels welcome and open to all (not just Ecstatic Dance dancers) seeking to widen their ability to “speak” non-verbally.

Date/Time: Saturday, Aug 3rd/3-6pm  Venue: DancEast, 805 Woodland, Nashville Price: $50 Contact: Holli McCormick More Info:

Diana Dinicola from Flamenco Louisville is in town this weekend for our All-Spanish evening of song and music and she has graciously agreed to teach a flamenco workshop from noon until 1:30 on Saturday, August 3 at Global Education Center on Charlotte Ave. If you are interested, please email to register. We will determine workshop cost based on number of students registered.

Creative Tasking with Blue Moves is at Art & Soul, Tuesday, August 6th, 6:30-8 p.m. This playful evening benefits Blue Moves’ celebration of 30 years of our democratically structured dance company. It’s simple; pull a creative task from a box and complete it. Once completed, write a new task for someone else to draw from the box. Creative tasking gives just enough guidelines to free you to be whimsical and imaginative. Tasks may be anything from creating a hideaway with fabric to making an outfit for the future to starting a dance party. You can take as long or as little time as you like to finish a task and move on to the next one. $20 Register:

Friday Night Frolic August 9th at Art & Soul, facilitated by Amanda Cantrell Roche. is a playful way to unwind as the weekend begins. With a blend of whimsy and grounding, lightly guided exercises and games will allow you to drop into your body and explore the canvas of air and space individually and with others. Discover and create your own movement vocabulary, and participate in improvisational, organic group movement. Wear comfortable clothing in which you can move freely. Come as early as 5:30 to have a cup of tea, relax, and settle into the circle. All levels welcome. Pre-registration preferred, but drop-ins will be welcome as space allows. 6:00 – 7:30 pm $20. Click here for Pre-registration

Dancers with children — Have you ever wanted to dance in community with your child? Family Frolic by Amanda Cantrell Roche is a playful movement workshop designed for children and their parents to be active participants! We will learn improvisational techniques that will let each mover develop their own movement vocabulary and explore ways to dance in small groups and with the whole group.
Suggested age is 6 & Up & Parents Participate! $15 for Parent & Child, $20 for Parent with 2+ Children
All funds will be donated to DancEast’s school-based dance program!
August 11th, DancEast 3:00-4:00 pm Register at


(Saturday, September 21) – Tennessee Women’s Theater Project has extended its submission deadline August 12.  Click here for more details; click here to download a submission form.  Email Maryanna Clarke if you have any questions.


Evening of discussion on Wednesday August 21st  at 7pm for Dance and Drum Workshop in Sene-Gambia taking place January 1-10 2020.  Co-organized by Windship Boyd and Oumar Sylla, we will be training with a professional Guinean company, visiting historical sites in both Senegal and Gambia as well as enjoying West African life:  new friendships, delicious food, noisy markets and of course the beautiful coastline. Both dancers and drummers of all levels welcome – whether a complete beginner or professional dancer, you will find your place in this workshop! Contact: or visit the website Early Bird Special ends August 31st.


Ongoing Classes and Groups

TaiChi for Beginners Tuesdays, 5-6 pm Starting on Aug 6 for the Fall Coleman Community Center, Nashville. Also offered Wednesdays, 10-11 am Starting on Aug 7 for the Fall. All levels are welcome, $3 drop in Sevier Park Community Center, Nashville. Instructor: Jen-Jen Lin, Chinese Arts Alliance

Ecstatic Dance Nashville Friday Night Jams

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 free of drugs, alcohol, conversation or talking, fragrances, instructions and acting on our judgments.  Dates/Time: Weekly Friday, 7-9 pm Venue: Construct Studio, 2121 Gains Street, Nashville Price: $20 Contact: Holli McCormick,  More Info:

Ecstatic Dance Nashville: Dance Church

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 free of drugs, alcohol, conversation or talking, fragrances, instructions and acting on our judgments.

Dates/Time: Every 3rd Sunday, 11am – 1pm Venue: DancEast, 805 Woodland, Nashville Price: $20 Contact: Holli McCormick,  More Info:


DancEast has a new Fall schedule of dance classes starting August 11th

Six week class series for Adults students will be offered in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz. Drop in classes for Hip Hop and Contemporary will continue. For a for class listing and link to registration visit

Nashville Community Education has multiple dance & movement related fall courses. Melissa Croushorn will be teaching Beginning East Coast and Lindy Hop swing dancing courses on Thursdays from 6-7:30pm from Sep 23-Dec 12, Beginning Pilates on Mondays at 1:30pm from Sep 23-Nov 4, and a coaching seminar for Parents of pre-professional performing artists on Mondays at 6pm from Sep 16-23. Course fees range from $30-75 and take place at The Cohn School. Online registration opens 8/5:


Save the Date

New Dialect morning classes are back on September 2! Join us 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:
Starting September 2, all payments for New Dialect morning classes will be 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

The Nashville Tap Experiment will be holding AUDITIONS! Auditions are open to ALL area tap dancers ages 18 and up, regardless of background. The audition will consist of a warm-up and short phrases led by the company. Dancers must be prepared to perform this phrase. They must also come prepared to perform their own short piece of choreography or improvisation, as well. If you plan to audition for the NTE, please contact us and confirm your intentions to audition. Please send us (via email or DM) your name, where you are from, and how many years you have been tap dancing. Respond to our invitation in the Facebook event at

Auditions will take place at DancEast on Sunday night, September 8, at 8 PM. DancEast is located inside Eastside Station in East Nashville, at 805 Woodland Street, Suite #314, Nashville, TN 37205. If you have any questions or concerns about auditioning for the Nashville Tap Experiment, do not hesitate to contact us via Facebook or Instagram, or via email at We are looking forward to this audition, and we hope to see you there!

Blue Moves celebrates 30 years of dance with a performance/celebration on Saturday, September 28th at Studio 615. We would love to see you there! If you’d like to support us with a one-time $30 “Happy Anniversary” gift, click here: A limited number of ¼ page program ads are available for $100. Contact for info.

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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