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,
My heart is with this community as we struggle through this surreal time. Like almost every dance teacher or teaching artist I know, I saw all my spring residency work in schools and in the community dissolve ~ first at Robert Churchwell Elementary due to the tornado, and then everywhere else due to Covid19. The solace of dancing together physically has been temporarily stolen from us, as has the soul-feeding experiences of live performances and rehearsals. Many of our students must find ways to move and create without our presence, or in some communities, to simply survive. This time will also greatly stress arts organizations and presenters of all sizes.
And yet, we can look to the bright spots. It is so inspiring to move with other dancers via streamed classes, to continue to honor rehearsal time with my company via Zoom, to work on video projects, to dance alone under the Sycamore in my backyard. As we find ways to cope and evolve, may we draw even closer together as a community. And may be able to find the resources we need to keep moving, creating, and presenting dance.
I realize many are still getting online classes organized as of this listing, so 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
Metro Arts Recovery and Resources for local artists and arts organizations impacted by the March 3 tornado and COVID19: https://www.metroartsnashville.com/post/recovery-resources-for-artists-and-arts-organizations
The Arts & Business Council is offering free services to artists impacted by COVID19 through Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. If you can support them with a membership fee that is welcome, but not required. They can provide legal counsel and assistance in the following areas:
2. Entertainment and media;
3. Labor and employment practices;
4. Insurance; and,
5. State, local and federal emergency aid resources
National list of grants for artists during the time of COVID19:
What the CARES Act means for Freelancers: to understand how the Federal Aid Package relates to those of us who are not salaried employees: https://blog.freelancersunion.org/2020/03/30/what-the-cares-act-means-for-freelancers/
April Dance Happenings
FMG Executive director, Stacie Flood-Popp is collaborating (virtually) with Cailin Manning and Getfone Vongkhamchanh, to be perform in your bedroom this Friday, April 3 with the Isol-Arts [@isol-art] virtual performance space. Isol-Arts set up a cyber network during this precarious time for performance artists and dancers whose income is dependent upon sharing actual space with actual bodies in intimate social settings. To relieve some of the material burden of artists and performers Isol-Arts is creating a modest refuge by asking for donations when you tune in this Friday at 8 ET, 7CT. on Instagram Live See you there!
DancEast Virtual Studio begins April 1! Access all videos for just $50/month — classes for ALL ages. Adult classes include Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Pilates, and more! Check out danceast.org/virtualstudio for the schedule and to register!
From Lisa Spradley: I know we have all had to deal with cancellations and disappointment. Epiphany was set to have 3 separate performances this April; a work with new dancers, and a special premier at Belmont University of new choreography set to music by a personal friend. An email arrived today to say that the entire summer season at Jacob’s Pillow has been cancelled. The message included this statement from Ted Shawn in the midst of World War II :
“Jacob’s Pillow has great and necessary work to do … and we must carry on no matter what the difficulties.”
This speaks right to my heart. I want to believe that what we do is great and necessary work.
I would like to teach class online for the month of April. Epiphany will probably keep our Tuesday /Thursday mid-day schedule. If you are interested in joining us send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will get a return email with a Zoom link to connect with us.
Cheers to our beautiful Nashville dance community!
All the CAAN’s events in March, April are cancelled due to COVID-19. They are #44 Chinese Dining Adventure, Chinese Martial Arts and Lion dance, and 2020 World TaiChi & QiGong Day.
TaiChi@Coleman Park (Tuesdays, 5-6 PM) and TaiChi@Sevier Park (Wednesdays, 10-11 AM) are now virtual review classes on line. If you have taken these classes and would like to join this virtual review program, please let us know (www.ChineseArtsAlliance.org).
Dancing Through the Curriculum’s 4.0. Movement Studios is offering the following
during the month of April: Power Yoga, Trap Yoga, Majorette, Afro-Caribbean Fitness (Zukossa), and Barre. Majority of these classes are only $5 and we are using the funds to support our artists. You can click the following link to register for a class or two! https://dtcdance.regfox.com/40-adult-dance-fitness-classes Other ways to support us include adding us to your Kroger account through their Community Rewards program. Our number is 70162.
With everything locked down, the Nashville Tap Experiment will be altering their routine for the foreseeable future. To keep people engaged with all we’re doing, we will post periodic lessons and tutorials on our social media accounts! Be on the lookout!
At the beginning of the year, the Experiment’s co-director, Collins Eke, has launched a new production project called Faithful Rhythm Productions. Faithful Rhythm Productions is giving Nashville-area tap dance artists and tap companies a new arena in which to showcase and share their craft and connect with other tap dancers. The mission of Faithful Rhythm Productions is to honor, celebrate, and bring visibility to the art form of American tap dance. FRP is committed to showcasing the history, tradition, artistry, and innovation of the art form through performance, community outreach, and inspiration while fostering a new, welcoming arena for professional and aspiring professional tap dancers in the Nashville community. For all inquiries, please email us at email@example.com. Also, please like and/or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @faithfulrhythmproductions.
Available Dance & Community time from Movement Medicine:
Home Dance: Finding your Inner Authority ANYTIME YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnftdhIekr0
Intro to Free-Form Movement: A new dance workout “Finding & Unleashing your Inner Bad** Dancer” 8am Pacific/10am Central FB Event:
Zoom Info: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9987300458
Meeting ID: 998 730 0458
Ecstatic Dance Community Dance
6pm Pacific/8 pm Central Thursdays
Please see this link for Zoom info and up-to-date audio app we are using!
ALL events Free if ya need it or Suggested Investment to infect you and the world: $10+. Anything helps!. Have questions: email Holli: info@MovementMedicine.Love or 650.485.1595
Dancing Alone Together gathers national online resources on one site. There are dozens of classes, streamed performances, and also prompts for creating choreography and participating in film projects. https://www.dancingalonetogether.org/
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.