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,
Thanks for allowing me some grace in getting these out: I’ve been away and part of me is still walking over the sublime Spanish mountains and countryside.
This month I’m putting together a small film project that involves representatives from many different dance companies and independent dancers in Nashville answering the question, distilled to five words or less, “How do you work for Peace?” We’re filming on October 17th and there’s an optional workshop this Sunday, October 10th. See listing below for details and let me know if you’d like to be a part of this; it is a very low time commitment and a way to reflect on how we each can work for peace, and hopefully empower others to do the same.
Performances and workshops are really starting to come back! I’ll be at several of these this month.
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. Instagram #NashvilleDanceCommunity.
October Dance Happenings
Escape to Neverland with Nashville Ballet in Peter Pan October 8–10! A sensational spectacle of fairies, pirates, and mermaids, with live chamber music scored by Philip Feeney and on-stage flying, Paul Vasterling’s Peter Pan promises to inspire a sense of childlike wonder in audience members of all ages. Regular and physically distanced seating options available. Tickets are on sale now at nashvilleballet.com.
Work for Peace Workshop, Sunday, October 10th for Amanda Cantrell Roche’s upcoming short dance film with Blue Moves. Members of the dance community are invited to consider and articulate “How do I work for peace?” – whether that be on a personal, small community, or broader level – in five words or less. Combine this with an 8-count or shorter movement phrase you create and be filmed individually in front of the Wish for Peace mural in our shoot date of October 17 4-5:30 pm (back up inclement weather date is October 24). To RSVP for the October 10th workshop and/or the October 17th shoot contact Amanda at email@example.com
Before opening performances of Nuttin’ But a Word, OZ Arts and the National Museum of African-American Music present “The History of Hip-hop Dance,” a lecture-demonstration by scholar and dance icon Rennie Harris and dancers from his company Puremovement. Masks required. Wednesday, October 13 at 7PM. Free to attend and open to the public. Reserve your spot at: https://71931.blackbaudhosting.com/71931/tickets?tab=2&txobjid=9ecac992-62b7-4c0f-855b-e2e88d3d1f2c (Also available to stream live via NMAAM’s Facebook Page.)
OZ Arts Nashville proudly presents legendary choreographer Rennie Harris and his company Puremovement, October 14-16 at 8PM. With a life-giving mix of contemporary dance, Hip-hop, and street dance forms, Philadelphia native Rennie Harris creates breathtaking and profound choreography that inspired The New Yorker to call him “the most brilliant Hip-hop choreographer in America.” Harris is renowned for creating work that is fresh and surprising, yet rooted in deep knowledge and a scholarly background in the history and traditions of many Hip-hop forms. The group will present Harris’s latest work Nuttin’ But A Word, celebration of individuality, innovation, and creativity in Black culture. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 48 hours required for entry and masks required at all times when not actively drinking. Tickets from just $25 at: https://www.ozartsnashville.org/rennie-harris-puremovement-nuttin-but-a-word/
On Saturday, October 16 at 10AM, join OZ Arts and company members from Rennie Harris Puremovement for a free, high impact Hip-hop Master Class at TM Productions, featuring the company’s expertise in various Street dance styles from Hip-hop to house. Participants are expected to have intermediate dance experience or above. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 48 hours required for entry. Masks must be worn at all times. Reservations required: https://bit.ly/RHmasterclass
New Dialect makes a celebratory return to live performance with Neon Nights—an immersive, glow-in-the-dark party and dance installation nestled in the boxwood gardens of Cheekwood’s historic mansion. The two-night event in partnership with QDP features new work by Banning Bouldin, creative design and choreography by David Flores, interactive sculptures by New Hat’s Kelly Diehl and Elizabeth Williams, with lighting concepts by Bon Iver’s production designer, Michael Brown. The party and performance is open to all ages and queer friendly. Folx should show up ready to glow! Hosted by Cheekwood as part of their Thursday Night Out series, October 14 & 21 at sunset. https://www.newdialect.org/
Friday Night Frolic is a playful movement improvisation workshop for adults facilitated by Amanda Cantrell Roche at Art & Soul Studio, October 15, 6-7:30 pm. No experience necessary. This is a fun workshop to attend with a friend who is not a trained dancer but who enjoys movement in community. In October we’ll drop into our child-like selves with movement games and an improvisational jam. $20 To register: https://www.artandsoulnashville.com/service-page/friday-night-frolic-october-5
TPAC’s Inside Out presents Musical Theater Choreography with Tosha Marie October 18 and 25, 6:30-8 pm. Learn more about how choreography helps to tell the story in theatrical productions. Highlighting shows that have famous dance numbers like A Chorus Line and Chicago, Tosha Marie will guide us through the styles and steps that make these shows unforgettable. All levels as well as no dance experience welcome – this class is for those who appreciate great theater and performances. Each workshop is $25.00 and includes two 90-minute sessions.TM Productions Studio (630 Rundle Ave, Nashville). Register here: https://cart.tpac.org/11645/11646
On October 21, Numinous Flux will perform Breathe, a performance revealing the complexity of the journey of mental and emotional health. The show is FREE, and donations to support the 501(c)3 are gladly appreciated. 6:30-9:30pm at Saint Elle in Wedgewood-Houston. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breathe-tickets-172357113767
Ballet With Donna Carver has moved to Nashville Theatre School, 106 Page Road ~ Nashville, TN 37205. These Adult Ballet classes are designed for people who took ballet years ago and want to come back to the exercise and beauty of the art, even if their joints complain. It’s OK to not be able to do what you used to do. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contemporary classes with di Mossa! Spark some joy, move your whole body with a mix of improv, technique progressions and a dance combo to finish! Tuesdays and Thursdays in October 12:30-2 @ Centennial Performing Arts Studios. $12 drop in/ $50 for 5
DancEast offers a variety of dance classes for adults, with special discounts on morning classes for professional dancers. Starting Oct 4: Mon 9:30-11AM Contemporary and Wed 9:30-11AM Ballet with Mary Ruth Isbell. Starting Oct 21: Thu 9:30-11AM Contemporary with Emma Morrison. We also offer open-level evening classes: Mon 8-9PM “The Get Down,” Tue 6:55-7:55PM Ballet, and Tue 8-9PM Contemporary with Lindsay Smith. On Sundays we Tap Dance: next series Oct. 24-Nov. 21 with Alex Winer (options for beginner through advanced level tappers). Go to danceast.org/adults for more details and to register.
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.