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,
From tonight’s Global Birthday Bash and Monday’s free workshop/preview of Rosie Herrara’s work to Alvin Ailey at TPAC and Nashville Tango Marathon at the end of the month, there is so much going on in February! Plus, the number of weekly classes continues to grow.
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
February Dance Happenings
Global Education Center’s Global Birthday Bash is Saturday, February 1st at Father Ryan High School Theater, 7 p.m. This is a fun opportunity to see some of the adults and children who teach and study at Global Education Center as they share their unique music and dance traditions from a wide variety of cultures. It is always fun, inclusive and welcoming!!! Tickets: $15 for adults/Students 12 and up are $10/ Children under 12 are $5: https://squareup.com/store/global-education-center/
Dance Instructors and Assistant Teacher Volunteers Needed 4.0. Movement Studios Venue: 4.0. Movement Studios in Murfreesboro, TNEmail: email@example.com 4.0. Movement Studios is a new dance studio in Murfreesboro, TN, for girls ages 18 mo.- 17 years old, with a mission of promoting diversity in dance. The company is looking for master instructors who can teach in one or more of the following areas: ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, leaps & turns, West African, and liturgical. We are also looking for volunteers who are interested in assisting with the classes OR assisting with our monthly girl’s nights. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OZ Arts Nashville, New Dialect, and Metro Parks Dance Division invite you to join a dynamic three-part morning with Miami-based dancer and choreographer Rosie Herrera on Monday, February 3 at Centennial Performing Arts Studios. Dancers with intermediate to advanced experience can attend a FREE workshop with Rosie from 9:30-11AM. The general public is invited to join the group from 11AM-noon for a world-premiere preview of a new work followed by a Q&A session with Rosie and New Dialect’s Banning Bouldin. Click here to RSVP.
Nashville Ballet will host an Inside the Ballet Community Conversation on February 6, 5:30–7 p.m. at its studio in Sylvan Park (3630 Redmon Street, Nashville, TN 37209). The community is invited to join experts on dance and gender identity for an in-depth look at the topics that inspired the Ballet’s upcoming Attitude series, Other Voices. Beginning with an open rehearsal viewing and followed by a panel discussion, this conversation is an opportunity to learn more about the creative process behind the four world premieres that comprise Other Voices. The event is free and open to the public; more information can be found at nashvilleballet.com/upcoming-events.
Nashville Ballet will present Attitude: Other Voices, February 14–16 at TPAC’s Polk Theater. Four of the world’s hottest choreographers—Jennifer Archibald, Erin Kouwe, Matthew Neenan, and Carlos Pons Guerra—take ballet beyond the boundary of what is traditionally expected in a collection of world premieres exploring what it means to be a man or woman, what it means to be both, and what it means to be neither. Tickets start at $30 and are available for purchase now at nashvilleballet.com/attitude-2020.
MTSU Dance Open House and Auditions, Monday, February 17, 1-5pm Department of Theatre and Dance Studios, Murphy Center G040. This is a FREE event! Space is limited, so please register in advance here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mtsu-dance-program-open-house-and-auditions-tickets-91847027933?aff=ebdssbdestsearch. Join us for three dance technique classes, a performance by members of MTSU Dance Theatre, and a Q&A with professors and dancers. The Dance Open House is FREE! Invite your friends! Registration is available on site, but there are a limited number of spaces available, so pre-registering is strongly recommended. Make sure to wear something you can dance in. Auditions for the Dance Major at MTSU are also being held at the Open House. Registration for the auditions is required at https://www.mtsu.edu/theatreanddance/DanceMajorAuditions.php
- 12:30-1:00pm – Check in and registration
- 1:00-1:45pm – Ballet Technique
- 2:00-2:45pm – Modern Technique
- 3:00-3:45pm – Jazz Technique
- 4:00-4:45pm – Performance and Q&A
- 5:00pm – Solo auditions (only for those auditioning for the dance major program.
Email email@example.com or call 615-904-8051 with questions about the event.
NASHVILLE BALLET’S 72 STEPS, February 20 at TPAC’s Polk Theater. You are invited to an exclusive daytime performance of Nashville Ballet’s 72 Steps that is part of our Season for Young People for student audiences. For just $8 per ticket, you can see this empowering ballet that was commissioned by the League of Women Voters of Nashville. 72 Steps looks at the struggle to pass the 19th Amendment while highlighting Tennessee’s vital role in women securing the right to vote. Participants will be seated in the rear of Orchestra level. Limited tickets are available, so purchase yours today! 10:30 a.m. $8
OZ Arts Nashville presents New Dialect February 20-22. Nashville’s celebrated contemporary dance company will perform their critically acclaimed and deeply personal work, The Triangle, by choreographer and artistic director Banning Bouldin. The program also features a world premiere by esteemed Miami-based Cuban-American choreographer Rosie Herrera, who The New York Times called “the Pina Bausch of South Beach.” Tickets start at $25. Click here to purchase.
Warm & Cozy – DancEast’s Teen & Adult Showcase is on Friday, February 21st at 7:00 PM. Cozy seating arrangements, a hot cocoa bar, and plenty of dancing! Come support our teen and adult dancers in this informal, low pressure performance. With guest artists from Blue Moves Modern Dance Company and Nashville Tap Experiment.
Alvin Ailey: February 28-29, 8 PM Limited engagement with 3 Nashville Premieres & Ailey`s Joyful Revelations. Discover this world renowned American dance company in tow brand-new programs filled with premieres by some of todays most acclaimed choreographers and Alvin Ailey`s joyful class, Revelations, closing each performance!
The Call– choreography: Ronald K. Brown, Nashville Premiere
Cry– choreography: Alvin Ailey
EN– choreography: Jessica Lang, Nashville Premiere
Revelations– choreography: Alvin Ailey
Lazarus- choreography: Rennie Harris, Nashville Premiere
Revelations– choreography: Alvin Ailey
Nashville Tango Marathon February 28-March 2 Nashville has its very own tango marathon! Shake off those winter blues and enjoy three full days of tango, snacks, and dancers from all over the world. Venue address: Coco’s Event Center, 5105 Alabama Ave, Nashville, TN 37209. For information and to take advantage of early bird specials see http://nashvilletangomarathon.com. Also see https://www.facebook.com/NashvilleTangoMarathon/
Ongoing Classes and Workshops
Ongoing classes with Epiphany Dance Partners! Tuesday and Thursday 12:00-1:30 @ CPAS studio B. Contemporary forms and a modern technique structure with a new playlist every month. Join us for the fun and joy of moving your body with others and with intention. $12 drop in, $10 per class with the class card.
New Dialect Morning Classes are back with daily sessions in Gyrokinesis™, Contemporary Forms, Ballet + Conditioning, and West African Dance. All classes are open-to-the-public and meet Monday-Friday from 9:30-11am at Centennial Performing Arts Studios. Drop ins start as low as $10. Discounted class packages are also available at the door. Please visit our website for more details, and email Banning Bouldin at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
DancEast Adult Classes are a fun time for everyone! Drop-ins available through February 20 and a NEW 6-week series starting at the end of February – schedule to be announced soon! With classes in Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Pilates, Dance Fitness, and Improvisation – we’re sure you’ll find a way that you love moving! Check out danceast.org/adults for more information and to register!
ADULT BALLET CLASSES with Donna Carver. For students who know basic ballet technique. Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 – 10:30 and Saturdays 10:45 – 12. For more information go to: secondstorystudio.org/adult-ballet.
Movement Medicine BYOCW* Meet & Greet
Sat 2/1 & Sat 2/29
If you have been seeing the posts for Movement Medicine/Ecstatic Dance/Dance Church and been: wondering what it is about; what happens during our dance; feeling a pull but have questions or feeling intimidated about stepping into a non-verbal space – then come meet Holli (the host/DJ) and other community members. We will answer your questions and more! *BYOCW = Bring you own coffee & waffles 🙂
Dates/Time: Sats 2/1 & 2/29 Venue: 2310 Elliot Ave, Nashville(park on Elliot, walk up hill and enter the community/bym building on via the Right-hand side) Investment: FREE. Contact me Holli personally 650.485.1595 email@example.com More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/606244016817925/ https://www.meetup.com/movementmedicine/
BODY LANGUAGE BOOT CAMP (6-WEEK or 1-day options)
These are the skills I wish I would have had before stepping onto a Conscious Dance Floor OR INTO any of my past relationships 😉 – and thus will enhance your life in more ways than one! Learn & practice with a whole new non-verbal tool box; what embodied consent looks and feels like; people skills that will create success in all areas; discernment via reading body language of others (and your own) + experience Contact Improv taught from a Somatic Experiencing angle. JOIN US for this fun experiment in Body Language & the Non-verbal world!!!
DATES:/Time Mondays Starting Feb 2nd – Mar 23rd 7:00pm – 8:15pm (no class 2/24, 3/2) or Sat 3/7 9am-7pm (with a 2 hour break) MUST PRE-REGISTER
Venue: 2310 Elliot Ave, Nashville (park on Elliot, walk up hill and enter the community/bym building on via the Right-hand side) Investment: $120 Mon/$140 Sat. Contact me Holli personally 650.485.1595 firstname.lastname@example.org More Info Mons – https://www.facebook.com/events/779910939155396/ More info Sat 3/7: https://www.facebook.com/events/2396155867178641/
Movement Medicine: An Ecstatic Dance Space (Thursdays)
This is more than a dance space. It is a free-form movement space to 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. Dance Alone. Or together – Contact Improv YES! 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: Weekly Thursday, 8-10pm Venue: Construct Studio, 2121 Gains Street, Nashville. Investment: 1st Dance FREE, 2nd Dance, $10; ongoing $15- $20 or enquire about passes. Any Questions or intimidations? Contact me Holli personally 650.485.1595 email@example.com
Dance Church (Movement Medicine: An Ecstatic Dance Space)
SAME AS THURSDAYS, JUST A BIT LIGHTER FLAVOR. All ages welcome!
Recess just began and you are out on the playground. Go find some new & ol’ playmates and let loose! Copy Cat the kiddos – they know how to move without interference of the mind! This is a space to move and be moved, see and be seen, feel and be felt (literally with Contact Improv!). Free of drugs, alcohol, conversation or talking, fragrances and acting on our judgments. Venue: DancEast, 805 Woodland St, Nashville. ALL AGES WELCOME Investment: 1st Dance FREE, 2nd Dance, $10; ongoing $15- $20 or enquire about passes. Any Questions or intimidations? Contact me Holli personally 650.485.1595 firstname.lastname@example.org
March Save the Date
The Southern Open Rhythm Collective and the Midwest Open Rhythm Exchange will be presenting the 2nd Annual TENNESSEE TAP WORKSHOP, hosted by Concordia Arts Academy in Thompsons Station, Tennessee! Classes will be taught by Tennessee SORC Leadership Group member Courtney World and the Circle City Tap Company’s Jeffrey Bird, Jr., representing the MORE! Come shuffle with us on March 1 at 1.30 PM! Individual classes are $35, and there is a 10% early bird discount until FEBRUARY 8! Registration, schedule, and pricing information can be found at https://www.circlecitydanceproductions.com/tennessee-tap-workshop-2020.html! CONTACT US if you have any questions!
Duncan Dance South, led by Meg Brooker, is teaming up with Portara Ensemble, led by Jason Shelton, to present Orpheus Reimagined, an original program of new and reconstructed dance and music works created for the unique space of Nashville’s Parthenon. This new take on the classic, tragic tale of Orpheus and Eurydice will be performed March 28-29, 2020, at the Parthenon and be open to the public. This program will bring together and celebrate the culture of collaboration and creativity that makes Nashville a vibrant place to live. Presented by the Centennial Park Conservancy’s ECHO series and Friends of Metro Dance.
March 28-29, 2020, 6:30 pm cocktails; 7:30 pm performance
Parthenon, Centennial Park. Tickets: https://conservancyonline.com/metro-dance
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.