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 apologies for this being late this month. The last four weeks, with the brief exception of a few days around Thanksgiving, have been ridiculously busy. I am ready to s l o w d o w n soon, but before that, there are still several dance performances to watch and residencies to wrap up!
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December Dance Happenings
Global Education Center’s Festivals of Light on Saturday, December 3 honors Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Advent, Las Posadas, Christmas, Diwali, Ramadan, and Yalda through dance and music. This concert is educational and entertaining, and it is perfect for the entire family! Darkhorse Theater, 7:30 pm. $20 adults, $10 youth. Click here for tickets: https://form.jotform.com/223146988695070
MTSU Performing Arts Company Presents their “WHAT’S THE NEWS?!” Dance Showcase as well as their 55th Anniversary taking place Saturday, December 3rd, 2022 @7:00pm at Tucker Theater on the MTSU campus. Doors open 6:30pm. This is a FREE show, which means SEATS ARE FIRST COME FIRST SERVED
OZ Arts Nashville is now accepting proposals for original live performance works to be developed and presented for the Brave New Works Lab 2023. The Lab is designed to support the development and presentation of contemporary performance in Middle Tennessee and invites daring Nashville artists to create and premiere new works and works-in-progress at OZ Arts, with performance dates set for May 18-20, 2023. The Lab features a flexible format to accommodate a variety of short works (usually around 20-25 minutes in length) and occasionally some longer projects. The Lab encourages experimentation and collaboration across disciplines to create a high-risk artistic adventure. Proposals for any performance medium are welcome, including but not limited to dance, theater, music, multimedia, and interdisciplinary projects. Deadline to apply is Monday, December 5th at 11:59pm CT. For more information and to apply, visit: www.ozartsnashville.org/brave-new-works-lab-2023
Experience the production that inspired the Emmy Award-winning film LIVE at TPAC. The greatest gift to give or get, the holiday season isn’t complete without the magic of Nashville’s Nutcracker! This uniquely Nashville Ballet production features exquisite costumes and sets, live music by the Nashville Symphony, original choreography by Artistic Director Paul Vasterling, PLUS a brand-new, reimagined snow scene! Tickets to select performances are almost sold out. Buy yours now here: https://bit.ly/3nJJXaY.
Contact Improvisation:Class + Mini Jam Facilitated by McKay House and hosted by Sarah Ledbetter Tuesday December 6 and 20 6:30-8:30pm Wild Heart Meditation Center. Come dust off, rediscover, or begin your first explorations of sharing weight. This class will accompany you through a gentle warm up, guided simple. Partnering inquiries, and some playful exploration of your own curiosities. $10-$20 suggested, no one turned away. 3123 Gallatin Pike, 37216 For more info, contact is firstname.lastname@example.org and instagram handle is @used_bookstore
DancEast Collective presents Patterns on Thursday, December 15th. DancEast Collective is a new contemporary dance company working to deepen and connect the growing dance community and audience in Nashville. This debut performance features new works by Artistic Director Elizabeth Wilkinson, along with Lindsay Smith and Alex Weiner. This performance will be held at DancEast, 805 Woodland St, Suite 314, doors open at 6:00PM, performance begins at 7:00PM. Tickets will start at $20 – additional information will be available soon on our website.
Becca Hoback and DancEast will host a two-day movement workshop crafted for adult movers of all abilities. “Physical Processing” will provide participants with methods to connect to their bodies and physically process life experiences and emotions. The sessions will consist of individual and group improvisation, movement creation, group discussion, written reflection, and a showing of one of the solos from Enactor’s performance repertory.
December 17-18, 2022 – 3:30pm-7:00pm Learn more and register via DancEast: https://www.danceast.org/beccahoback
Found Movement presents the last showing of Obsession December 18 at Rosemary Beauty Queen. OBSESSION is an immersive, site -specific dance theatre experience that will provoke questions about your own preoccupations and desires. Acclaimed director Stacie Flood-Popp and Found Movement Group Dancers collaborate on a wholly unique event utilizing the grounds of the Rosemary & Beauty Queen that reveals what makes us weak in the knees and surrender to that place beyond curiosity.
Whether for a moment or a lifetime, obsessions — as small or grandiose as they might be — forever alter us for better or worse. What are the limits of your obsession? Or is that obsession an addiction?
Arrive early to secure your spot. Must be 21 and over. Doors 7:30 pm, show 8 pm. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/obsession-tickets-417101039437
TENNESSEE PEFORMING ARTS CENTER (TPAC) presents first offering in NEW International Dance Series January 27 – 28! Fly down the rabbit hole with this production inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and experience a seamless blend of illusion, acrobatics, magic, and whimsy with MOMIX’s Alice. Join this dazzling company on a mind-bending adventure as Alice encounters time-honored characters including the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, White Rabbit, and a variety of other surprises. MOMIX has thrilled fans in over 22 countries with stunning multimedia works of exceptional inventiveness and beauty, and now unveils the fantasy world of Alice in a full-length program that will surprise, astonish, and enchant! Tickets for MOMIX’s Alice available at TPAC.org
Winter Intensive January 2-13. Join New Dialect for a 2-week deep dive into shared practice and collaborative creative process with some of the most progressive, community-minded artists working in contemporary dance today. Participants* begin each day with a group check-in followed by a contemporary forms warm-up. Dancers will then spend 4-8 hours in process with every artist in our line up—exploring their unique approaches to movement generation, content development, partnering, and phrase work. *Sessions are designed for advanced and professional dance artists ages 18+ newdialect.org
DancEast offers weekly morning and adult classes for adults. Classes are $18/class or $75 for a 5-class pack. A pro dancer rate is available and is $12/class. 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 Fine: Mondays 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM
- Open-Level Ballet with Lindsay Fine: Tuesdays 6:55 PM – 7:55 PM
- Open-Level Contemporary with Lindsay Fine: Tuesdays 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
- Open-Level Modern with Kate Fleming: Wednesdays 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM
Weekly Morning Classes for Adults:
- Contemporary with DancEast Collective: Mondays 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
- Ballet for Contemporary Dancers with Mary Ruth: Wednesdays 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
- Contemporary/Improv with Emma Morrison: Thursdays 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
di Mossa classes start back Thursday January 12! Announcement coming soon about our next performance date March 4th. Much peace and love for the holiday break.
January Save the Date
TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (TPAC) presents MOMIX’s Alice for TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY, January 27 – 28! Fly down the rabbit hole in a new dance production inspired by Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. TPAC welcomes the internationally acclaimed MOMIX for the Nashville premiere of Alice, a mind-bending adventure through a fantasy world of illusion, acrobatics, and whimsy. Experience the stunning multimedia work that The Wall Street Journal calls “a kaleidoscopic reimagining of the Lewis Carroll classic…playfully witty and surreal.” Tickets for MOMIX’s Alice 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.