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,
It feels like spring is here! I am so ready for it, and very ready to be back in morning New Dialect classes starting next week.
I need a little feedback. Mailchimp is eliminating the free plan for accounts with more than 500 contacts, which includes mine. The lowest monthly paid plan for the amount of contacts I have is $27 a month. For more than 15 years I’ve been providing the listings as a volunteer service (it started as a Myspace page, if that gives some context to the timeline!). I’m absolutely committed to keeping the listings free; I have zero interest in making this transactional service. I also have little time and energy to put toward exploring other free mail service options and migrating the contacts ~ I’ve tried a couple options and they don’t quite work for this.
So I’m curious ~ is this Dance Happening email truly useful to many of you?
And absolutely no pressure, but if I continue this and incur a cost of $325 a year to keep it going, would a few of you be willing to donate $10 one time or once a year toward the cost?
I do enjoy the way this service helps me stay connected to the community.
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March Dance Happenings
Saturday, March 4 7:30 pm. di Mossa is excited to announce more details about this one night only program! TWISTED is a look into how we get twisted up in love, life and the longing to belong.
The evening will include new choreography by Lisa Valeri with movement credits by company dancers Ashlyn Hall, Molly Haslag, Matthew Robinson and Belmont apprentice Natalie Schilling.
Our very talented guest dancers Becca Hoback and Alex Winer are creating new solos.
Nashville native Austin Criner, recently back home by way of NYC and Brazil, will be playing original piano compositions. The latest addition is pop up poetry by Lauryn Peacock who just read her successful master’s thesis in Paris!
Tickets are available in 4 tiers from $0 – $30. Part of our company mission is to provide free access to our programs for the BIPOC community. Fellow artists & creatives can use the discount code TWIST for $5 off at online checkout; cash & venmo accepted at the venue. 4th Story Theater @ West End United Methodist, 2200 West End Ave. Twisted on Eventbrite
Mark your calendars! The next Nashville Jazz Workshop Not Your Average jam session is Sunday, March 12 @ the Jazz Cave on 1012 Buchanan Street from 5-7 pm! If you’re a TAP DANCER and you want a place to jam for two hours, then all y’all are invited and encouraged to come out and jam with the NJW’s live musicians!
Faithful Rhythm Productions is producing a brand-new annual tap dance festival here in the Music City! The Nashville Rhythm Tap Festival will be an annual celebration of the art form of tap dance! The festival is coming soon; details on this new event are forthcoming. Make your plans to join us in Nashville for this new tap fest! In the meantime, follow @thenashvillerhythmtapfestival on Instagram and like the festival on Facebook for updates!
Monday, March 13 & Tuesday, March 14: Wayward Pixie starts her 6 Week Showgirl Series! Includes student showcase in April! Choose from belly dance fusion, burlesque, or both. Schedule: Mondays at House Of Bits – belly dance fusion – 6-7pm, burlesque – 7:15-8:15pm OR Tuesdays at Music City Flow Arts – belly dance fusion 6:30-7:30pm, burlesque 7:45-8:45pm. Classes will build each week, leading into learning group choreography for the showcase (performing is encouraged, but not mandatory). Students will also have the opportunity to perform a solo (private sessions are offered at a discounted rate if people want act development guidance). All experience levels welcome! More info & registration here!
Kindling Arts Festival 2023 is accepting open applications nw through March 15th. Returning for a 6th year of radically unique arts programming, Kindling Arts Festival 2023 will take place July 27-30, 2023 (Thursday – Sunday) at multiple venues in West Nashville. Kindling welcomes both emerging and established artists based in Middle Tennessee to submit a proposal for performing arts projects with specific focus in the areas of dance, theatre, comedy, cabaret, puppetry, or multimedia. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 15th. Continuing Kindling’s ongoing commitment to radical accessibility for artists, there is no fee to apply. For more information, visit: kindlingarts.com/artist-applications
TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (TPAC) presents a night of fierce footwork and girl power with CHLOÉ ARNOLD’S SYNCOPATED LADIES: LIVE! on March 17. Created by Emmy® nominated choreographer and Debbie Allen protégé, Chloé Arnold, Syncopated Ladies: LIVE! is a ground-breaking, all-female tap dance experience that celebrates a sisterhood of beautiful, diverse and talented women. Accompanied by a live vocalist and dancing to today’s cutting-edge music, the ladies deliver an electrifying performance that breaks the mold and reinvigorates the artform of tap. Tickets to CHLOÉ ARNOLD’S SYNCOPATED LADIES: LIVE! are available at TPAC.org.
Brazil Weekend, March 24 – 26 – Global Education Center is welcoming back Samba Queen Quenia Ribeiro and her talented accompanist Everton Isidoro for three days of Brazilian dance and music workshops at Global’s Northwest Nashville site, 4822 Charlotte Avenue. Workshops are $25 each. Register here: https://form.jotform.com/201525468453052
RESILIENCE Dance Company, a professional contemporary-modern dance company with a mission of putting artists first, is holding open auditions for professional dancers for our upcoming 5th season. March 25th, 9:30am – 4pm in St. Louis, MO. Two paid contracts available: $14 – $15/hr, two mainstage performance series, 8-10 community performances, opportunities to tour and choreograph. Benefits include free physical therapy, mental health therapy, and massage therapy through company partners and regular technique and conditioning classes. Pre-register by March 24th to participate in the in-person audition. There is no cost to participate and we will not be making cuts – the audition will include modern, contemporary, ballet, floorwork, improvisation, partnering, repertory and process throughout the day (plus several breaks). Pre-registration link: https://forms.gle/eLFkwQQicoY9gDGc8; More info: https://www.resiliencedancecompany.com/2023-24-auditions
New Dialect Community Classes are back! March 6-May 24, Mondays + Wednesdays from 9:30-11am, at Centennial Performing Arts Studios Folks of all levels and backgrounds, ages 16+, are invited to join us for a NEW, 12-week series of contemporary movement sessions. We’ve curated a stellar line up of Nashville-based dance artists to share their practice and process, including special international guests Africa Nashville, beloved New Dialect collaborator Ana Maria Lucaciu, and recently nominated one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”, Dominic Moore-Dunson. Come connect with these incredible artists each week, and enjoy collaborating with members of Nashville’s growing dance community! $10 drop in/$4 BIPOC + seniors Walk ups are welcome. More info: newdialect.org/community-classes
Nashville Contact Improvisation is hosting a bi-weekly class and jam from 6:30-8:30 pm every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at Eastwood Christian Church in the Fellowship Hall. March classes will be on the 8th and the 22nd from 6:30-8:30 pm. It is $10-20 sliding scale and no prior movement experience is required for the class. Please bring water and clothes that are comfortable to move in including layers that cover arms and legs. For any questions, email McKay House at email@example.com
AfricaNashville YELI Ensemble offers classes in February at Sevier Park (Mondays 11-12:15, $5) and Coleman (Wednesdays 7-8 pm, $4) Community Centers. Mohamed (‘Dho’) is teaching, with Ibrahima (‘Ibro’) on drums. For a full listing of AfricaNashville events and workshop opportunities: https://www.africanashville.com/
DancEast offers weekly morning and evening classes for adults. Classes are $19/class or $85 for a 5-class pack. A pro dancer rate is available. Pre-registration is required. Click HERE for additional class information and registration. Weekly offerings include the following:
Weekly Evening Classes for Adults (teens welcome):
- Open-Level Jazz with Lindsay: Mondays 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM
- Open-Level Ballet with Lindsay: Tuesdays 6:55 PM – 7:55 PM
- Open-Level Contemporary with Lindsay: Tuesdays 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
- Open Level Hip-Hop with Annalia: Thursdays 7:35 PM – 8:35 PM
Weekly Morning Classes for Adults (int/adv):
- Contemporary/Improv with Emma Morrison: Mondays 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
- Ballet for Contemporary Dancers with Mary Ruth: Wednesdays 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
- Contemporary with DancEast Collective: Thursdays 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Upcoming tap series:
- Tap Series 4-weeks 3/26-4/23 (4/9 off for Easter) • $80 • Register HERE
- Beginner 4:05 PM – 5:00 PM
- Intermediate 5:05 PM – 6:00 PM
- Advanced 5:05 PM – 6:00 PM
Save the Date
OZ Arts Nashville presents The Yeli Ensemble + Windship Boyd’s production of Timbuktu Within on Friday + Saturday, April 14-15. Celebrating the tradition of the West African jeli or griot, the talented Yeli Ensemble of artists from Guinea Conakry bring a powerful evening of dance and drumming in collaboration with dynamic local artists led by Windship Boyd, Christophe Konkobo, Karen Roberts, and Saul Rodriguez. Griots are lively storytellers and the keepers of tradition, and Timbuktu Within showcases the talents of international artists Sory Diabate, Ibrahima Dioubate, Mohamed Cisse, and Aïcha Camara. Through multilayered harmonies and stunning movement, these skilled artists share traditional and contemporary African culture while telling their personal stories and connecting with the local Nashville community, who are invited to join in the community-driven celebration. Tickets are on sale now, just $20-$25: www.ozartsnashville.org/timbuktu-within
Blue Moves presents a climate-focused show that includes dances, films, and education on the environment Sunday, April 23 at 6:30 pm at the Darkhorse Theater. This multi-generational cast includes youth from DancEast and guest performance by Nashville Dance Collective. Instagram: @bluemovesmoderndance www.bluemoves.org
TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (TPAC) presents Ballet Hispánico – Doña Perón for TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY, April 28-29. Fresh from its world premiere, the show is an explosive portrait of Eva “Evita” Perón, one of the most captivating and controversial women in Argentinian history. Even as she rose from dancehall performer to Argentina’s First Lady, Evita’s advocacy for women and the working class raised skepticism as she indulged in the opulence of a high-class life. Internationally renowned Latina choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa explores these diverging legacies in this seminal full-length work for Ballet Hispánico. Tickets are available at TPAC.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.