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,

Here’s December, and the end to another year of Dance Happenings. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. Please be aware that I will not send out the Call for January Listings until January 3rd.

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.


December Dance Happenings

November 30 – December 2 at 7:30 pm the MTSU Dance Theatre will present our Fall Dance Concert. This year, the Fall Concert celebrates the launch of our new major in Dance, the only stand-alone major in Tennessee, and highlights original choreographic works from our dance faculty members. The concert also features a work by our visiting guest artist Alia Kache. Originally from Chattanooga, TN, Ms. Kache has been a company dancer and rehearsal director for Ailey II, and is an independent choreographer based in Brooklyn. Tucker Theatre on the MTSU campus. Tickets: $10 – General Admission, $5 – MTSU Faculty & Staff and K-12 students, online at or at the door, beginning one hour prior to performance. For additional information call 615-494-8810 or visit the MTSU Dance website at or contact Marsha Barsky at


Global Education Center presents Festival of Lights Saturday, December 2, 7 p.m. at Cohn School, 4805 Park Ave, celebrating the holiday traditions of our diverse Nashville community. The performance will include dancing, music and storytelling from the holiday traditions of Divali, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Advent, Ramadan and Las Posadas from local artists and organizations in Nashville. Each tradition, though from different religions and/or cultural groups, all share commonalities of hope, celebration and light. With an invitation to the WHOLE community we hope that we can all come together in celebration of our commonalities and respect for our differences.


Nashville Ballet’s Nashville’s Nutcracker: Celebrating 10 Years!
Nashville’s must-see holiday tradition returns to TPAC’s Jackson Hall December 2-23. In celebration of Nashville’s Nutcracker’s 10th year in Music City, the production will feature all-new magical elements, including letting it snow in the audience for the first time! Click here for more information:


December 8th and 9th at 7:00p.m. MTSU Performing Arts Company (MPAC) presents Gone ProThis year, MPAC celebrates 50 years as a student dance organization at Middle Tennessee State University (1967-2017). We have united our student choreographers with our MPAC Alumni dance professionals to put on a diverse and exciting show. Invited back to be honored are 50 MPAC alumni who have Gone Pro who are either dancing professionally, dancing with a company, founder of a company, teaching dance artist and/or dance studio owner. The show features 8 works from our Gone Pro alumni, special guest appearance from our founder, Anne Holland Cole, and choreographic works from our MPAC student choreographers. MTSU students are FREE with valid ID,  general admission ticket prices are $10. Online tickets may be purchased at or at the door one hour prior to the show. For additional information, contact Angela Ramos at 


December 11 at 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Nashville Contact Improvisation will have an Intermediate-Advanced Level Class with visiting professor Utam Moses. Location is the Friends Meeting House 530 26th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209. Class price is 20$ minimum.


Join New Dialect Friday, December 15, at 7:30pm for an in-studio showing and discussion with choreographer Rebecca Steinberg and dancers from our collective at Centennial Performing Arts Studios, as they share their new work-in-progress created during our 3-week choreographic residency program- the Choreographer’s LAB. New Dialect’s Choreographer’s LAB is a creative incubator designed to nurture and further the development of emerging and mid-career choreographers and is made possible through generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Metro Parks. We are thrilled to support the next generation of women makers in our field and hope you will join us!


New Dialect offers it’s 4th Annual Winter Intensive for advanced/professional dancers with groundbreaking NYC-based choreographer Shannon Gillen Lipinski & her physical theater company VIM/VIGORJanuary 2-6, at Centennial Performing Arts Studios. There is no application process to participate. For more information on Shannon, her brilliant work, and to register online, visit


December 17th from 3-6p Numinous Flux Dance Co. will hold their Winter Improvisation Workshop at Grassland Dance Academy. Cost is $45 per person. Email in advance to register. Limited capacity.


January 30 to February 4– The Tennessee Performing Arts Center presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I boasts a score featuring such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.” Tickets are on sale now at, by phone at 615-782-4040 and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville. For groups of 10 or more, call 615-782-4060.

Save the Date


Nashville Ballet’s Nashville’s Nutcracker: Celebrating 10 Years!
Nashville’s holiday tradition returns to TPAC’s Jackson Hall December 2-23, 2017. In celebration of Nashville’s Nutcracker’s 10th year in Music City, the production will feature all-new magical elements, including letting it snow in the audience for the first time! Click here for more information:


Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville would like you to save a date to come to our Sat. Feb 24 at 7 PM & Sun. Feb 25 at 2 PM, 2018 “JOURNEY IN THE WEST” dance theater production at the Ingram Hall, Vanderbilt Blair School of Music.  The dances are creations of the Eastern traditions meeting the Western themes.  Artistic Director: Jen-Jen Lin.  Stay tuned.


March 14, 2018 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will stop in Nashville for one night engagement at TPAC. Artistic Director Robert Battle leads Ailey’s 32 extraordinary dancers as they continue the Company’s legacy of using the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition to uplift, unite and enlighten. The tour’s expansive repertory, which varies from city to city, includes dynamic works by some of the freshest choreographic voices in modern dance. Tickets currently on sale at, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.


Ongoing Classes and Groups

New Dialect Fall 2017 Community Classes: through December 15, 2017 New Dialect continues it’s 5th year of open-to-the-public contemporary dance and improvisation classes for teens and adults of all ages, thanks to the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and Tennessee Arts Commission. **All Classes are available for Drop In, and discounted multi-Class Passes can be purchased on our website and at the door. Visit for details.

Morning Classes 

Mondays-Fridays from 9:30-11am at abrasiveMedia, 438 Houston St, Suite 257 

$12 Drop In.** 

Designed for advanced and professional dancers, Morning Classes provide professional development and research opportunities for instructors, choreographers, and student dancers in our community. Led by members of the Nashville Dance Community, classes include Contemporary Technique, Ballet for Contemporary Dancers, Contact Improvisation, and more.

Evening Classes 

Wednesdays from 8-9:15pm at DancEast, 805 Woodland St, East Nashville

$15 Drop In.**

These Guided Improvisation sessions are designed for beginners, as well as experienced dancers. Led by New Dialect dancer, Rebecca Steinberg, participants are led through visual imagery and sensation based cues as a catalyst for creative self-expression.


Ongoing Contemporary Dance Class @ Centennial Performing Arts Center with the dancers of Epiphany Dance*Partners through Dec.19. All are welcome Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00 – 1:30 in Studio B. Come be part of the vibrant dance community creating and growing in Nashville. Epiphany has been on the scene for more than 20 years and sharing space at the park since 2004. Class progresses through guided improvisation, core strengthening, technique with some elements from ballet, and phrase work. The playlist changes every month! $12 drop in or $10 if paying for multiples. 


Nashville Israeli Folk Dance offers free, on-going classes three times weekly. ($1 donation suggested)

Wednesdays, Beginners: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. and Intermediate/Advanced 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Gordon Jewish Community Center (801 Percy Warner Boulevard)

Thursdays, Beginners: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Intermediate/Advance 8:00 – 9:30 p.m

Ben Schulman Center on Vanderbilt Campus (2421 Vanderbilt Place)

Fridays, Intermediate/Advanced 10:30 – 11:30 a.m at Akiva Day School on the campus of Gordon Jewish Community Center (809 Percy Warner Boulevard)

For more information contact Sharon Morrow at


Jen-Jen Lin teaches “Basic TaiChi” at Sevier Park on Wednesdays 10-11 AM regularly at the beautiful dance studio at Sevier Park Community Center (3021 Lealand Ln, Nashville, near 12th South).  TaiChi is based on Ying and Yang theory that balance our mind and body.  It is derived from Chinese Martial Arts.  It is unlike typical martial arts, it focus on intention not the muscles.  It provides tranquility against our hectic modern life.  It’s is a drop-in class with a very low fee $3 per class.  Info:


5Rhythms® SWEAT Practice Tuesdays December 5th & December 19st and every other Tuesday following

at The Global Education Center West (Studio A) with Sarah Aili. 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.” 6:30-8:30pm / $10-20 sliding scale. Please arrive in clothes you can move in, with water, bare feet, silent voices and a few moments before class begins. 

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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