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,
Though I’m still grieving so many losses in this season, I am also still LOVING rehearsing and taking classes outside in multiple locations, and will be soaking up as many of these experiences as I can while the weather is nice. Let’s keep this practice around post-pandemic; I feel it’s good for the soul. I hope everyone is able to find a way to stay connected with dancing in these times.
October Dance Happenings
MTSU Dance Program is accepting video auditions! MTSU Dance offers the only stand-alone dance degree in the state. Earn your B.S. in Dance with dynamic and engaging faculty. Fill out the audition form here: https://www.mtsu.edu/theatreanddance/DanceMajorAuditions.php. MTSU Dance is looking for dancers with experience in a broad range of movement styles. Come dance with us! Email email@example.com with any questions. www.mtsu.edu/dance
Celebrate Nashville presented by Metro Parks on Saturday, October is virtual this year, and includes interactive dance lessons and Facebook takeovers by local artists. 9 am -3 pm For more info: https://celebratenashville.org/ Trailer: https://youtu.be/I3LyCMfd3mk
Found Movement Group in partnership with Kindling Arts Festival presents LOST NASHVILLE, an elevated scavenger hunt that leads to performances throughout the city. Join FMG in this COVID-conscious experience happening every Saturday in October. At dusk, and in the spirit of Halloween, guests will unravel clues exposing Nashville’s rich, unseen culture and sometimes dark, forgotten history. If the cards are played right, guests will earn hidden theatrical scenes of dance, art, drag, and music at our city’s most incredible sites and venues. LOST NASHVILLE will leave spectators with a unique and unforgettable experience at an unprecedented time in history – and above all, we hope, with a sense of community, unity, and discovery within.
Performance Dates: Oct 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st (Halloween) from 6PM – 8:30PM
Tickets can be purchased for a minimum donation of $10 per person: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lost-nashville-tickets-117209941089
**Note: Advance ticket sales stop at 12pm noon of the day of each performance. Audience size is limited. It is highly recommended you purchase in advance. If there are tickets still available on the day of a performance, information on in-person sales for that date will be available on the Eventbrite page and in the Facebook event.
We’re gonna try this again. Faithful Rhythm Productions will host this month’s Tap Talk, “Tap Dance, Tap Dancers, and You!” Who influences your artistry? What motivates you as a tap dancer, artist, and musician? What do you think your place is in the tap dance community? If you don’t know, what do you think your place can be?Nashville tap dancers, let’s get together on October 10 on ZOOM, hang out, chat about this topic! We go live at 3 PM on Saturday, October 10! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Faithful Rhythm Productions is starting a mailing list! We understand that current times are challenging, and communication is key to maintaining a healthy network of tap dancers in our community. If you would like to be a part of FRP’s mailing list, please contact us! Please give us your name and your email address, and you will receive a monthly newsletter that contains news about shows, special events, online gatherings, and periodic blurbs about tap dance, tap dancers past and present, and tap dance in our community. Yes, we are all about tap dance. Contact us through our DMs or on Facebook message, or email us at email@example.com to join our mailing list.
Nashville Ballet Presents 72 Steps (Virtual Performance): 72 Steps takes an empowering and celebratory look at the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the vital role Tennessee played in it. Depicting a fight that began with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 and spanned over 72 years, this ballet transcends time in a rallying call to action designed to create dialogue surrounding the past and modern-day barriers to a unified and equitable society. For grades 5-12, this virtual performance will take place Saturday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. in association with the Tennessee STEAM Festival ($10). Click here for more details.
Movement Medicine (A Freeform Movement Journey) Move however you wish – no right or wrong way to do so! It is an impromptu, embodied meditative practice that compliments and/or adds to your whatever other style of dance you practice. We will practice SAFE spacing and limited #s – but will not require masks. Live DJed music playing a huge range. The space is a SAFE space to open up, get creative and express yourself free. Free of drugs, alcohol, conversation or talking, fragrances and acting on our judgments. Dates/Time: Sunday Oct 18th 5:30-7:30pm Venue: Construct Studio, 2121 Gains Street, Nashville. Investment: $15- $20. Any Questions or intimidations? Contact me Holli personally 650.485.1595 firstname.lastname@example.org More Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ecstaticdancenashville/, https://www.meetup.com/movementmedicine/
Blue Moves, in partnership with Metro Cultural Arts Division, presents “Building Hope”, a free, outdoor, socially-distanced dance performance on Sunday, October 25th at 3 pm and 5 pm at Centennial Park’s Musician’s Corner. Inspired by prose from Alice Walker’s “Anything We Love Can Be Saved”, the performance will incorporate audience responses as we reflect on what we each bring to build a stronger and more just society. Special guests cellist Emily Nelson, visual artist Jasmine Mosely, Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville (3 pm) and FALL Dance (5 pm). Limited free tickets will be available later in October, and watch our social media for live stream info after sell out. www.bluemoves.org
Hey Tennessee! STOP EVERYTHING and DANCE on October 30, 2020 Time: 12:00 Noon Wherever you are in Tennessee Purpose: In celebration of Tennessee Child Health Month, Celebrating Healthy Moments. To collectively demonstrate our commitment to developing children’s health and wellness. For they are a third of our nation’s population, but 100% of our future. Check out Chattanooga’s video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns78fn6jbd8&feature=youtu.be
*Remember to maintain local social distancing guidelines. ENJOY THE VIDEO PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR CONTACTS AND POST ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES!!! THANKS.
Free Weekly Virtual Story Times with Nashville Ballet: Each week, join Nashville Ballet’s community engagement manager and teaching artist for a FREE virtual story time. Listen and follow along as they read beloved ballets and teach short movement exercises perfect for ages 3-6. Story times are Saturday mornings live at 10:30 a.m. In order to receive the link, you must sign up no later than 24 hours in advance. Click here for more details.
My name is Sarah Edwards and I am the Performing Arts Specialist (as well as a Registered Drama Therapist) at Friends Life Community. FLC is a non-profit who serves teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These incredible performers have created an original, innovative, and emotionally-driven response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The narrative holding this theatrical dance will leave you inspired and hopeful. We are hosting online performances on Fridays from 1:00-1:30 that include a talk-back with the performers. Reach out to me at email@example.com if you would like a FREE performance! OUR PROMO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rOEGN6rVWE
Classes continuing on Tuesdays! Zoom in with us at 1:00 pm for 90 minutes of community, guided movement, technique, conditioning and phrase work. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the link! Epiphany Dance Partners is dissolving and the new company will be known as “di Mossa”. Translated from the Italian as “the moment of beginning”.
School of Nashville Ballet Classes for Children, Teens & Adults: Fall classes are in session at School of Nashville Ballet, including dynamic dance instruction for ages 2-102. Live virtual, on-demand, and in-person offerings are available that develop self-confidence, artistic expression, and more. New students receive their first class FREE. For more details, visit nashvilleballet.com.
DancEast Adult Classes continue in October. All adult classes are “bring-a-friend” throughout the month; two dancers can drop-in for only $18! Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, and more! Check out the full schedule and reserve your drop-in space at danceast.org/adults (please note: the studio is closed October 3-9 for Fall Break).
Duncan Dance South is offering virtual zoom classes on Fridays from 9-10am central time. Classes are sliding scale ($5-$25) and free for students/artists affected by COVID. Join the private facebook group Duncan Dance South Classes (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2726332100947383) for the zoom link, or email email@example.com. https://www.duncandancesouth.org/movement-education
New Dialect in partnership with Metro Parks is hosting a 5-week series of outdoor, open level, guided improvisation sessions: September 15-October 15*, Tuesday & Thursday from 9:30-11am on the historic grounds and gardens of Centennial Arts Center. We’re looking forward to this opportunity to safely move with you! Facilitators will rotate each week and include Rebecca Steinberg, Lenin Fernandez, Alex Winer, James Barrett, Becca Hoback, and Hadassah Perry. These folx each bring their own unique approach and imagery to the table and will design sessions, so that people encompassing a full spectrum of abilities can have a fun and rich experience.
Admission is $10 suggested donation or “pay what you can”. We understand so many of us are experiencing financial hardships right now, so if “pay what you can” means $1 or coming free-of-charge, that’s absolutely fine with us. The important thing is that we get to share this time together. Donations can be made by Venmo to new-dialect or our website newdialect.org/donate and will directly support teachers’ fees. In an effort to keep everyone safe, masks are required to participate. We will also maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between people at all times. *If the weather permits, we’ll add more sessions, October 19-30.
Nashville Movers and Dancers is a collective of local dancers and teachers. Open level classes are held at outdoor locations, usually on Wednesdays and Saturdays as weather permits. Rotating instructors. Pay-what-you-can. For weekly info, follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nashville_movedance/
Vanderbilt Tango Club’s Virtual Fall Class Series with World-Class Instructors from Buenos Aires
Tuesdays on Zoom – Class 7-8 PM, Practica 8-9 PM, All-levels. No partner required.
For Zoom Link Email firstname.lastname@example.org COST:
FREE for full-time students, the unemployed, or those having financial challenges. Please accept these classes as Vanderbilt Tango Club’s gift to you. All others: If you have the financial means, we welcome your donation to Venmo @VTangoClub. ($5-15 per class)
Traditional Argentine Characera with Florencia Borgnia and Marcos Pereira
10/06/20, 10/20/20, 11/3/20
World-class Argentine tango dancers, competitors, and instructors, Florencia and Marcos will teach us to dance the Chacarera on Zoom. This famous traditional Argentine line dance is often danced at fiestas and during the break at many tango dances (milongas). This fun dance is perfect for the pandemic since it can easily be danced at least six feet apart.
Zoom Tango with Junior Cervila and Guadalupe Garcia
10/13/20, 10/27/20, 11/10/20 Renowned Argentine tango master dancers and teachers Junior and Guadalupe have designed a targeted approach for Zoom classes that allows solo tango dancers to learn and practice tango skills without a partner. They have put together tango “drills”, which are fun short sequences for single dancers. Theses sequences incorporate elements that are useful for both leader and follower roles, including tango walk, turns, and variable leader and follower embellishments. They help to develop posture, balance, grace, and musicality. Once memorized, they can be danced as a synchronized routine by a group of tango dancers separated by 6 feet of social distancing.
For more information see Facebook.com/VanderbiltTangoClub or email email@example.com
The Nashville Tango Club will also sponsor an outdoor practica at the end of the fall series. Masks will be required and we will stay six feet apart.
A.R.T.S. A Rossi Turner Studio
Rossi Turner is back! classes begin on Saturday. After visiting 36 countries over the past 10 years, teaching in Ghana, teaching for the United States Embassy in Togo, on the Merci Ship, dancing at the Red Fort in India and places in between. Rossi has returned, built his own studio and class is in session.
SATURDAYS ONLY 13:00 hours family fun African dance class/14:00 hours girls senior panther class 13 and up/15:00 hours boys senior panther class 13 and up/16:00 hours adult modern jazz dance/20:00 hours Katherine Dunham technique/SUNDAYS “Indaba” Social Justice – Economic change 3-5 PM. All classes and conversations @3316 Masonwood Drive, Nashville,Tennessee 37207 rossiturner929@Gmail.com VOTE on November 3
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.