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,

Happy Summer everyone! As some companies wrap up their seasons, there are still plenty of opportunities to take classes or workshops and stay warm this summer.

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


June Dance Happenings

Nashville Freestyle Dance, Sunday June 2nd from 7-9pm 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 .

Nashville Ballet and the Nashville Symphony will present Carmina Burana through June 3 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Experience Carmina Burana as never before in this multimedia sensation featuring updated choreography from Nashville Ballet and an original film that will bring this bawdy medieval text vividly to life. With its epic score for full orchestra, adult chorus and children’s chorus, Carmina Burana is a feast for the senses, and this is your chance to witness the debut of Nashville Ballet and Nashville Symphony’s exciting new production. Tickets on sale now:

 presents Violent Delights at Darkhorse Theater through June 8.  This dance-based reimagining of Romeo and Juliet uses music from local. bands.  You won’t find tutus or twang anywhere near this post apocalyptic-styled show.  Violent Delights features 18 dancer/actors getting through the paces of 5 choreographers.  The music all comes from 13 bands with Nashville connections, like Veridia, Birdtalker, Rob Vischer, Secret Nation, and more.  For more information and tickets, visit

Last chance to study flamenco with Carolina Gomez, our visiting artist from Madrid. She will be leaving at the end of June so we have a month of classes planned beginning June 3. Children’s class at Global West on Mondays at 5 followed by a teen, adult class at 6. All ages class at Global South on Wednesdays at 6 pm followed by a teen, adult intermediate class at 7:15.  Global Education Center West at 4822 Charlotte Avenue. Global Education Center South at 2195 Nolensville Road to register and pay.


Friday Night Frolics at Art & Soul Studio facilitated by Amanda Cantrell Roche continues Friday, June 7th 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. This month we incorporate communal storytelling in our movement. 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. (Adults only, please) $20. Pre registration recommended:

Kindling Arts Festival applications open through June 7th The second annual Kindling Arts Festival will take place from August 1-4, 2019 in multiple venues around Nashville’s Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood, with the anchor venue being the Garage and Silo Room spaces at Track One. Kindling is a radically unique arts incubator and accelerator embracing exciting original and experimental performance developed outside existing institutions. Interested artists are welcome to submit a project proposal before Friday, June 7th. For more details on the Festival and a link to apply, please visit

Nashville Contact Improvisation will be hosting a Contact Improv class and jam on Saturday June 8th from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at Friends Meeting House. The class and jam are both open level and pricing is sliding scale with a suggested donation of $15-20. There is also a two-day workshop being planned for late July so stay tuned!!

OZ Arts Nashville 2019/20 Season Announcement  |  Thursday, June 13th, 6-8PM
Join OZ Arts as they announce their upcoming season. OZ’s seventh season, curated by incoming Artistic Director Mark Murphy, features groundbreaking artists from Asia, South America, and throughout the US – including right here in Nashville! The ambitious slate of innovative programming explores new uses of technology, highlights artists testing the limits of their forms, and deepens our commitment to our diverse local arts community. You won’t want to miss all the exciting things in store for 2019/20! RSVP HERE


Found Youth Movement Ensemble, a pre-professional youth dance company rooted in Nashville, TN under the direction of Stacie Flood-Popp and Claire Roberts, will be holding open auditions for their upcoming Fall 2019 season. Open Auditions will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 12pm-6pm at Nashville School of the Arts.

Please complete the linked form to guarantee your spot on June 15th audition day. Once you have completed the form, you will receive an email with more detailed information about the June 15th open audition. **You must be ages 14-19 to apply (the youngest should be entering into high school, & oldest beginning their freshman year of college).


Epiphany Dance Partners will be performing alongside Portara Ensemble and the Nashville Concerto Orchestra to present “Shadow and Light, an Alzheimer’s Journey.June 21st, 7:30 @ Christ Church Cathedral, 900 Broadway. After eight months researching both medical and personal aspects of Alzheimer’s, including several interviews with care-partners (persons afflicted with dementia and their loved ones), Joan Szymko conceived a libretto of sixteen movements, using quotes of patients, their loved ones, classic poetry of Dickinson and Rilke, hymn text and scripture, and compelling contemporary poetry directly related to Alzheimer’s. The intent was to bear beautiful, loving witness to a growing population of care-partners that feels largely invisible and ignored.

Despite the tragic nature of the subject, “Shadow and Light” is at once emotional, difficult, joyful, touching and inspirational. Please join us for this one of a kind performance. tickets


Ongoing Classes and Groups

DancEast Adults drop in classes are open-level (beginners welcome!) and only $10/class. Take Hip Hop on Tuesdays nights (6:45 – 7:45 pm) and stay for Contemporary (8 – 9 pm). Or come out on Wednesday (7:30 – 8:30 pm) for Hip Hop with Dorse. Check out for more info!


Lindsay Fine Smith has moved her open level drop in classes to Construct Nashville on Tuesday nights! She offers Tuesday 6:45 adult Hip Hop and Tuesday 8pm Contemporary. $10 drop in, or take both for $16. Lindsay offers a fun adult setting where people can let loose, feel great, learn to dance, or excel in their already established skills. Her classes are welcoming to everyone! Follow @dancewithlindsay on Instagram for class updates, videos, and more! Stay tuned for more classes being added!”

Maeva Movement 3-week series with Laured Desmarais classes run Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm running June 11/18/25th 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: at Maeva Movement, 604 Gallatin Ave Suite 204, Nashville TN 37206

Pilates Mat 4-week series with Laurel Desmarais classes run on Sundays 3:30-4:30pm running June 9/16/23/30th. Pilates is a series of exercises designed to develop a strong connection to the core using breath supported movements. In this class we will move a little slower, breaking down the principles of the Pilates Method. Sessions will progress from simple to complex movements, preparing the body to move more dynamically from a place of support and control. All levels welcome.pre-registration required $50 please email to reserve your spot: at Maeva Movement, 604 Gallatin Ave Suite 204, Nashville TN 37206

Ecstatic Dance Nashville:

WEEKLY on Fridays @ Construct Studio (except no dance June 7th!)

June 23rd Sunday (every 4th Sunday of the month) @ Soulace

Please check either Facebook or Meetup pages for up-to-date info!

The Ecstatic Dance space is a completely free form space to explore your inner world while being connected to the community around you.  There is live DJed music playing a huge range of flavors, textures and tempos.

The space is free of drugs, alcohol, conversation or talking, fragrances, instructions and acting on our judgments.  There is no right or wrong way to move, no instructions or guidance- and lots of Freedom to explore your response to the music and energy of the co-created space.



* For more info on Ecstatic Dance:

* HIGHLY ENCOURAGED: Online Orientation for Conscious/Ecstatic Dance

This orientation helps you understand the guidelines of how to step into the space, and keep it safe for all. As well as provides awesome Body Language/Non-Verbal tips to deepen your dance experience – and life  :

 In-Person workshops “Conscious Dance & Free-Form Movement Fundamentals” coming soon!

Nashville Body Language Meetup

If you have ANY curiosities about the Universal Language of the Body – i.e. Body Language or Non-Verbal Communication – then this group is for you.  We will start with non-threatening Anti-Networking events just to get to know each other

AND to start to awaken our awareness to what we already know about body language.  (This is not a direct dance event. AND learning body language can enhance your intuition which can and will enhance your dance practice as well as every area of your life!)

African dance classes
will continue through the month of June with guest teachers at both Hadley and Sevier Park Community Centers. At Hadley, 6:15-7:15 Mondays will be taught by Joy and Jasmine Dominique and Tuesdays, 7-8pm, will be taught by Karen Roberts and Jasmine Dominique. All classes are only $5.

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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