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,

Many weekly dance classes return this month, and I’m looking forward to getting back in class on a more consistent bases. There are so many class options for dancers – no matter what your age or how long you have been a dance educator, I hope you will be able to take advantage of dancing in a studio as a student.

This month brings several opportunities to explore and see performances, including a chance to see multiple choreographers and dancers at one show, for only $10, thanks to Tennessee Women’s Theater Project’s Dance Night on Friday, September 7th. (Yes, I have a beloved social justice piece in this program, but in promoting and supporting others’ work for 12 years, I’ll take the opportunity to highlight my own once in a while.;>) ) Tennessee Association of Dance hosts their annual festival this month, and Nashville Ballet presents Swan Lake. CAAN has multiple offerings this month, and Epiphany Dance*Partners will be part of a World Peace Day program.

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


September Dance Happenings

 Contact Class & Jam on September 2nd at Friend’s Meeting House from 2:30-5:30 taught by Utam Moses. Please follow the Facebook group for upcoming dates:



Nashville Ballet takes participants behind the curtain of the quintessential classic Swan Lake during Inside the Ballet with Mitchell Korn, a four-part lecture series held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 4-13. Class will begin with a rehearsal viewing at 1:30 p.m. followed by an engaging lecture led by Korn from 2-3 p.m. Dive deep into Swan Lake with topics including the history of the production, Tchaikovsky’s iconic score and more. Engage with artistic staff members and guests who have made this production possible. Attendees also receive 15% off a ticket to the performance (restrictions apply; not applicable to previously purchased tickets). Learn more and register here.



Tennessee Women’s Theater Project presents Dance Night at Women’s Works, Friday, September 7th, 7:30 p.m. at the Looby Theater. Choreographers include Amanda Cantrell Roche, Ashlyn CiancioloKevana WestMcKay House and Utam MosesErin KouweBrandy A. RogersWindship Boyd and Beverly LoveJen-Jen Lin. Tickets only $10! This is just the first night of a 3-week festival. More info and tickets, and info on individual presenters below:


Braid”, a contemporary dance featuring recorded statements and personal stories collected from members of Nashville’s immigrant and refugee communities, will be part of Dance Night September 7th. Choreographer Amanda Cantrell Roche partnered with Global Education Center and composer Carlos Duran to create this social justice work. Contributors to the project include Nashvillians from Somalia, Kurdistan, Mexico, Colombia, France, Iran, Syria, Taiwan, Venezuela, Kenya, Burma, and Puerto Rico, and dancers with Blue Moves.



“MEMORIES” is a dance that will be presented at “Dance Night,” sponsored by TN Women’s Theater Project.  The performing date is September 7th, Saturday, at 7:30 pm, the venue is Looby Theater (2301 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville). Dancers are Pegah Kadivar, and Sally Bigham; and the choreographer is Jen-Jen Lin.   This is a part of CAAN’s dance project.  

Nashville Chinese Dragon Dance Team” will drum up the spirit at the opening for the 2018 Cumberland River Dragon Boat Race! Location is at the East Bank Landing lawn area.  Date: 9/8, Saturday; Time: 10 AM Chinese Dragon Dance Prop is 60 feet long. It takes 10 dancers to make this majestic animal alive. It’s a unique presentation that you can’t find often in the Middle TN.  Dragon dancing symbolizes good luck and blessing! 



Utam Moses’ and McKay House’s show What Was When is at mild climate for the second month in a row and they will also be doing a live performance:

i forget 

improvisational performance by McKay House and Utam Moses

mild climate 


6-6:30 w/ pop-up performances following 



World Peace Day is celebrated around the globe every September to promote peace within and among nations. The Nashville Cooperation Circle and the United Religions Initiative have created an event to highlight cooperation and exchange between the 7 different faith traditions here in our community.  Epiphany Dance*Partners will be performing 3 pieces during this celebration on Monday, September 17th 6:30 in Harambee Hall At Scarritt Bennett. Here are links to the fb event page and the page for the international organization.  The event is free and open to all with a reception afterward. Your presence will make our circle that much richer. 



Nashville Ballet presents Swan Lake with three performances Sept. 21-23 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. A cherished favorite for ballet connoisseurs and an instant hit for novices, Swan Lake returns to Nashville Ballet to open the season with a dazzling fresh take on the classical masterpiece. Featuring choreographic updates from Artistic Director Paul Vasterling and striking new costumes, this enchanting romance attempts to answer the timeless question – can true love conquer all? Learn more and purchase tickets here.  



The Tennessee Association of Dance (TAD) hosts the 49th annual Tennessee Dance Festival, Raising the Barre, on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN on September 21-23, 2018. It includes master classes in a variety of dance techniques, summer scholarship and college auditions, and performances by professional, pre-professional, and university dance ensembles. Festival performances at Tucker Theater: AspireDance Concert, Saturday, September 22 at 8PM features performances by internationally celebrated Collage Dance Collective, Kizuna Dance and Staibdance. Tickets $25.00. The Cathie Ault Kasch Student Choreography Project, a choreography contest, takes place on Saturday, September 22 at 12:45 pm. Tickets: $5.00. The Tennessee Dance Spotlight Concert on Sunday, September 23 at 1PM, features quality dance organizations and programs in our state and region in an adjudicated concert. Tickets: $10.00. Concert tickets available at door.



The Body Leads: Authentic Movement is Sunday, September 23, 1-4 p.m. at Art & Soul Studio. Authentic Movement is a contemplative practice that creates a safe and sacred space for the body to express itself and reveal its deepest knowing. Under the gentle guidance of facilitator Deanie French, participants can drop down into the body and move through layers of physical tension, habitual thinking, emotional holding patterns, and memory, and emerge feeling clearer and more free. By sharing this journey within a small circle of mutual trust and respect, students experience a nourishing connection with self and others, and discover a sense of renewal, peace and self-acceptance. No previous experience necessary. Limited to 8 participants. $45 To register:



CAAN is happy to celebrate Moon Festival with DimSum, a Chinese cuisine from Hong Kong and Guang Dong province.  Date: 9/23, Sunday; Time: 5:30 PM.  Advanced tickets purchase is required by 9/15.  Come support Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville, arts and dance. Tickets and info:



Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville is supporting Good Neighbor Day Festival at the Richland Park.  Date: 9/29, Sat.; time: 10:15 AM. 
Our program includes Chinese dances, and TaiChi demonstration. For more info about Good Neighbor Day, go to  



5Rhythms Nashville offers Rhythm Shift with Amber Ryan, September 28 and 29 at Soulace. For more info:



Move to Paint is offered at Art & Soul’s new Sidco Drive location on Sunday, September 30th, 1-5 p.m., facilitated by Pat Halper and Amanda Cantrell Roche. Open to movers of all levels, this workshop will explore body awareness through individual and group improvisation a means to paint more freely, using impulses from the whole body. During this four-hour class, participants drop deep into the body through guided visualization, total body integration practices, and playful movement. From this space of full body awareness and freedom, you’ll explore painting from a physical, intuitive place, both individually and in community with others. Wall-sized painting spaces allow you to explore and stretch the boundaries of playing with paint. $65. Registration:

October Save the Date


Nashville Ballet presents Seven Deadly Sins with three performances Oct. 18-20 at TPAC’s Polk Theater. Back by popular demand, Christopher Stuart’s exhilarating collaboration with Nashville singer-songwriter collective Ten Out of Tenn exposes the most sinister side of society as the protagonist confronts his demons in a performance that will haunt viewers long after the curtain falls. Challenging the viewer’s perceptions of ballet, Jennifer Archibald’s Superstitions blends the precision, technicality and athleticism of tradition with contemporary dance styles as Christina Spinei’s composition mirrors the convergence of past and present. Learn more and purchase tickets here.


Ongoing Classes and Groups


New Dialect Community Classes are back this month! For details and to register, visit

Beginning September 12, New Dialect dancer & choreographer Rebecca Steinberg leads Open Level Evening Classes in Guided Improvisation, Wednesdays from 7:30-8:45pm at DancEast. Register for single sessions or all 10 classes at a discount on our website: 

Morning classes for advanced dancers resume September 17 with daily sessions in Somatics, Contact Improvisation, Contemporary Forms, Ballet for Contemporary Dancers, and Guided Improvisation. Classes meet weekdays from 9:30-11am at AbrasiveMedia. Drop in for $12 at the door. Discounted 5 and 10 class passes are available at the door and on our website:

Registration for New Dialect’s Winter Intensive is live! Local favorite Joy Davis and the extraordinary Sidra Bell will each lead a multi-day workshop in CountertechniqueCreative Process, and Sidra Bell Dance NY’s MODULE approach to movement research, January 2-11, 2019. Advanced dancers ages 18+ are welcome to sign up for one or both workshops.

Week 1, January 2-5Countertechnique & Creative Process with Joy Davis

Week 2: January 7-11MODULE with Sidra Bell



After Labor Day, VDP (Vanderbilt Dance Program) is back to business. It will be a free class week from 9/10-13. Please invite everyone!

Je-Jen Lin will be teaching at Memorial Gym dance studio C
TaiChi @ VDP Mondays focus on Yang 24 forms at 6:45 PM  
-Intermediate/Beginning contemporary/modern Dance on Wednesdays at 6:45 PM

There are many other dance classes to take from.
Love to share the joy dancing and exercise with you!

For more info:



A.M. Nashville is offering two new series led by Gabrielle Saliba: A.M. Level 1 (Sept. 10-Oct 6) – a 4 week movement intensive based on modern dance fundamentals and somatic awareness. Two sessions to chose from: morning or evening $140.  Mandala Dance Project (Saturdays Sept.15-Oct. 6) – a four week communal choreography project geared towards non-traditional dancers. No dance experience necessary. This month’s theme: Harvest- Reaping What We Sow.  $100


Metro Parks Dance Division classes for adults begin Tuesday, September 4 at Centennial Performing Arts Studios. $3 classes include Dance Fit, International Folk Dance, and Tai Chi$10 classes (with an $80 Ten-class card option) include Beginning Ballet (new!), Intermediate/Advanced Ballet (new days and instructors!), Open Level Yoga: Strength & Discovery (new!), and TapEpiphany Dance Partners continues their Modern-based Company Class on Tue/Thu for $12.

Open ballet classes, intermediate-advanced and up, with Jennifer McNamara: Thursdays 10-11:30 and Saturdays 11-12:30 at Centennial Performing Arts Studios in Centennial Park, part of Metro Parks Dance Program.

Adult classes will resume at Metro Parks Dance Program, at Centennial Performing Arts Studios in Centennial Park — see schedule at



Second Story Studio ~ the alternative to “ballet school” or a competition studio continues this fall with classes focused on artistry and technique. Friendly, affordable, fun.



5Rhythms® SWEAT Practice Tuesday, September 11 and September 25, and every other Tuesday.

Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms® is a dynamic movement practice—a practice of being in your body—that ignites creativity, connection, and community. The rhythms: Flowing ~ Staccato ~ Chaos ~ Lyrical ~ Stillness™. Each rhythm is interpreted by individuals in a uniquely personal way, opening them to a new sense of freedom and possibility that is both surprising and healing, exhilarating as well as deeply restorative. It is, in essence, “exercise for the right brain.” Location: The Global Education Center West (Studio A) with Sarah AiliTime: 6:30-8:30pm / $10-20 sliding scale. *Please arrive in clothes you can move in, with a bottle of water, bare feet, silent voices and a few moments before class begins.


If you are new on this list: 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 prefer not to receive these monthly updates and the once-a-month call for listings, just let me know.



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