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,

Happy Holidays!

There are several performances and some workshops this month. And Nashville Ballet celebrates 20 years of artistic direction under Paul Vasterling – Congratulations Paul! I will be at several performances, classes, and events this month, and hope to see many of you out and about.

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


December Dance Happenings

Nashville Ballet presents Nashville’s Nutcracker Dec. 1-23 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Nashville’s Nutcracker heralds the return of the holiday season in Music City as young Clara takes audiences on a journey through a spectacular dreamland with her magical Uncle Drosselmeyer. Weaving the awe-inspiring wonder of the classic tale with the city’s glittering past, Nashville’s Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition guaranteed to delight the young and young-at-heart. See a full listing of performance times and purchase tickets here:


The MTSU Dance Theatre
presents their fall dance concert in the Tucker Theatre, and the last of three shows is tonight, Saturday December 1 at 7:30pm. The concert features work by two guest artists, as well as collaboration with MTSU sculpture faculty. Katherine Duke, Artistic Director of the Erick Hawkins Dance Company (New York) created a new work Junoesque with MTSU full-time faculty. Rebecca Steinberg, company dancer with Nashville-based New Dialect, facilitated a contemporary creative process for student dancers, resulting in a work titled The Clearing. Faculty pieces include works by full-time faculty Marsha Barsky, Meg Brooker, and Chell Parkins also includes work by MTSU Dance adjunct faculty Jennifer McNamara, Jade Treadwell and Laurel  



Sale ends December 1st at 11 p.m. for Roll Call, December 15.
Roll Call is a dance fitness event that was created to promote local businesses in the Nashville community to show love to one another and be the change our youth need to see.
1.Register by 12.1.2018
2. Show up & dance
3. Just remember NO CASH at the door so you MUST REGISTER ONLINE.
Dance fitness, networking and supporting our listed dance fitness instructors.
P.S.-This is a two hour work out sooooo pace yourself, meet people, support businesses, and have fun. LINK—->


The Children’s Ballet Theatre will perform the Nutcracker again this year on Dec. 7 and 8 the 8th having a matinee at 2pm and an evening show at 7pm.  The 7th will have a 7pm show. CBT Nutcracker Tickets to purchase tickets. Our Guest Augusto Cezar will be our Cavalier! The show is at Columbia Central High School.


MTSU Performing Arts Company (MPAC) presents their semi-annual student dance showcase titled “iMPACt the Culture” on MTSU’s campus in the Tucker Theatre Saturday, December 8th at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 9th at 5:00 pm. This high-energy showcase features dances created by students and faculty and incorporates a variety of dance styles including Hip Hop, Salsa, Modern, Stepping and Heels. MPAC was founded in 1967 by Anne Holland Cole (retired) and currently directed by Angela and Francisco Ramos. MPAC’s mission is united into one company all of those interested in dance and dance performance focusing on giving students an opportunity and outlet to dance and choreography. For more information, contact Angela Ramos at


Global Education Center presents Festivals of Light Saturday, December 8th, 7 p.m. at Father Ryan High School. Through dance, music, and storytelling, this annual event shares traditions from Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Advent, Christmas, Las Posadas, Diwali and Ramadan showcasing our commonalities. There will be performers representing each holiday as well as a short narrative for each that shares the commonality of light for family and community.
Father Ryan Center for the Arts, 700 Norwood Drive, Nashville, TN. Tickets $15 adults, $10 students, $5 children.



The Body Leads: Authentic Movement, Sunday, December 9th, 1-4 p.m. at Art & Soul. Facilitated by Deanie French. Authentic Movement is a contemplative practice that creates a safe and sacred space for the body to express itself and reveal its deepest knowing. Fee $45. For more info:


Nashville Ballet celebrates 20 years under Paul Vasterling’s artistic direction on Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Honor Nashville Ballet’s extraordinary past, exceptional present and groundbreaking future with Paul Vasterling’s 20th Anniversary Gala Performance featuring a carefully curated collection of fan favorites and new works. Purchase tickets here:



OZ Arts Nashville presents ink by Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Friday, December 14th @ 8PM & Saturday, December 15th at 7PM. ink celebrates the rituals, gestural vocabulary, and traditions that remain ingrained within the lineage of the African Diaspora and reclaims African-Americans narratives by showcasing their authenticity. Using the rhythms and sounds of traditional African and handmade instruments as its center, this moving and celebratory work from one of America’s most acclaimed choreographers Camille A. Brown (Once on this Island, Jesus Christ Superstar Live!) travels through time with elements of Blues, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Swing.  Through self-empowerment, Black love, brotherhood, exhaustion and resilience, community and fellowship, ink depicts the pedestrian interactions of individuals and relationships as grounds for accessing one’s innate superpowers and finding liberation. Tickets on sale now at:


DancEast presents Making Spirits Bright- SaturdayDecember 15th, 2pm at the Nashville Public library. This is a FREE family friendly event where DancEast performance groups, students ages 8-17, will warm your hearts with dances inspired by the holidays. Come enjoy this festive event featuring choreography by Whitley Hill, Curtis Thomas, Ashley Lawless, Erin Kouwe, Emily Booth Masters, Samantha Replogle, DancEast Company apprentices and guest choreographer, Rebecca Steinberg. We hope to see you there!



OZ Arts Nashville presents THE LONGEST NIGHT, Curated by Jason Shelton. Wednesday, December 19th @ 7PM. The Longest Night is an original multidisciplinary, multicultural celebration of the Winter Solstice incorporating spoken word, choral ensemble, congregational vocals, and modern dance to manifest the ways we can bring back light in the midst of darkness. Curated by Jason Shelton, artistic director of Portara Ensemble, this unique evening brings together more than 40 Nashville-area artists, musicians, dancers and dramatists, including: 32-voice Portara, Epiphany Dance Partners, famed saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band, Bela Fleck & the Fleckstones), and acclaimed poet Ciona Rouse (VANTABLACK). $25 tickets available at:


Epiphany Dance Partners is part of the premier production of “The Longest Night” @ OzArts December 19, 7:00pm Many artists have been collaborating on this project under the direction of Jason Shelton. We have been exploring the themes of darkness and the returning light and how they shape the human character. It is a universal experience that affects every one of us no matter where we live. Tickets are selling quickly – there are so many great people invoved: Portara Ensemble, Jeff Coffin, Ciona Rouse, Ryoko Suzuki, Laurel Desmarais, many more.


African and Afro-Brazilian dance with Windship Boyd and Jasmine Dominique on Saturday December 22.  Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to dance with the percussionists from Doussou Yelen with Agathe-Seynabou Moubembe, Melissa and Aphélia Hié. Location to be announced. If interested, please contact me at or via Facebbok African Dance Classes in Nashville.


January Save the Date


Friday Night Frolics, a new monthly series on the first Fridays of the month, will be offered at Art & Soul Studio and facilitated by Amanda Cantrell Roche starting Friday, January 4th 6-7:30 p.m. Do you yearn to unwind and move in a community of playful adults? Moving and dancing with a group can be a profoundly nourishing experience. Friday Night Frolics are designed to be playful explorations of movement in a safe, communal setting. With a blend of whimsy and grounding, lightly guided exercises and games will allow you to drop into your body and explore the canvass of air and space individually, and with others. Discover and create your own movement vocabulary, and participate in improvisational, organic group movement. ALL LEVELS WELCOME – bring a friend who is not a trained dancer but who would love to share the magic of dancing with a group. $20. Info soon at:


A new grassroots tap dance organization, the Southern Open Rhythm Collective, is collaborating with the Midwest Open Rhythm Exchange, based out of Indiana, to host the Tennessee Tap Workshop! The workshop takes place on Sunday afternoon, January 20, 2019, at Concordia Arts Academy in Thompson’s Station, TN. Classes begin at 1.30 pm, and is open to the public! Classes offered include beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes, as well as improv 101 and a dance teachers-only class. Individual classes are $35, and three-class all-access passes are $95. There is a 10% early bird discount offered until December 20, after which the prices will rise to the regular rates. Register at Please contact the MORE or the SORC at or if you have any questions or concerns.


Ongoing Classes and Groups

Contemporary Dance 
with Samantha Replogle ~ Transform your previous jazz, ballet, modern or hip hop training into Contemporary terms! Samantha’s background in all forms of dance has prepared her to help you expand your traditional style of movement and express yourself as an original. Saturdays 3:15 – 4:30 at Second Story Studio. For teens and young adults with some dance experience… Ongoing classes. For more Information: 

New Dialect Community Classes
 wrap this semester on December 14th. For details and to register, visit
Morning Classes include daily sessions in Somatics (all levels welcome), Contact Improvisation (all levels welcome), Contemporary Forms(adv), Ballet for Contemporary Dancers (adv), and Guided Improvisation (all levels welcome). 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 and there are still a few spots available! 

Local favorite Joy Davis and acclaimed choreographer and educator Sidra Bell will each lead a multi-day workshop in CountertechniqueCreative Process, and Sidra Bell Dance NY’s MODULE approach to movement research, January 2-5 & 7-11, from 9:30-3:30pm at Centennial Performing Arts Studios. Advanced dancers ages 18+ are welcome to sign up for one or both workshops. Visit for more information and to reserve your spot! 



Join Windship Boyd to explore together different dances from West Africa and then adapt them to a more afro-contemporary style over the course of the semester. Tuesdays, 7-8 pm. All levels welcome. $5 Drop-in. Sevier Park Community Center, 3021 Lealand Lane  ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Windship Boyd is a dancer who has been teaching, performing and (especially) learning in West Africa since 2005. She has choreographed for dancers in Senegal and Burkina Faso and has hosted trips to Guinea Conakry with Sory Diabaté to learn more about that culture and art. QUESTIONS? Contact Supervisor at 615.862.8439 or


5Rhythms® SWEAT Practice Tuesday, December 4 and December 18, 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 Aili. Time: 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.


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 would like to be added, send an add request to

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