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,

There is much dance to experience and participate in this month! I plan to be at several of these performances or classes, and I hope to see you out and about. I welcome you to come Frolic at Art & Soul with me on February 9th ;>)

Online comprehensive listings are here. Instagram: follow and tag #NashvilleDanceCommunity. Facebook: www.facebook.com/nashvilledancecommunity

Amanda

February Dance Happenings

OZ Arts presents fearless dancer-choreographer Shamel Pitts’ Black Hole:Trilogy & Triathlon on February 2 & 3. Lit solely by otherworldly projections, this visionary production transports audiences across space and time into an Afrofuturist dimension where a trio of Black performers share the stage in a narrative of unity, vigor, and unrelenting advancement. It’s a kaleidoscopic performance art experience built from the Gaga movement language, originally developed by the prolific Batsheva Dance Company in Israel, where Shamel danced for seven years under choreographer Ohad Naharin. Save your seat here.

Love Company Performance,  Sunday February 4 Looby Theater  2301 Rosa L Parks Blvd
 We are a group of four young dancers who have been inspired by other performers and are eager to present our work to you. Our show features several contemporary style pieces choreographed and performed by us six local students, trained by Franklin School of Performing Arts with a background of classical techniques and our own individual styles. This show is an opportunity for us to express the love we have for this art form and to give us a wholistic perspective as to what it takes to put on performance. Please consider supporting us by attending this show! $10 tickets 
https://events.humanitix.com/l-o-v-e-performance

Lunar New Year is the most broadly observed holiday in Asian culture, and the Nashville Symphony’s inaugural Lunar New Year program Wednesday, February 7, 7:30 PM will reflect how different communities and ethnic groups celebrate the occasion. Jen-Jen Lin, Director/Artistic Director of the Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville, will create original choreography for Li Huanzhi’s “Spring Festival Overture” and played by Nashville Symphony. CAAN’s upcoming events (Click here)

Friday Night Frolic with Amanda Cantrell Roche is a playful movement improvisation class for adults. Dancers are always welcome, and this workshop is open level with no dance training needed, so it’s a great space to bring a friend with whom you’d enjoy sharing the magic of group improv. (Note: this is not a contact improv class) Friday, February 9  6-7:30 pm at Art & Soul Studio. $20. Click here to register.

Nashville Ballet presents Attitude February 9-11 at TPAC. Featuring three world premiere works by fan-favorite and flourishing choreographers, this compelling sampling of contemporary movement will include pieces by Resident Choreographer Mollie Sansone, Jermaine Spivey, and Yusha-Marie Sorzano set to music performed live by local Nashville musicians. Click here for tickets.

Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville (CAAN) will host its Chinese New Year Celebration at Musicians Corner, Centennial Park Saturday, February 10, 11 AM -3 PM. The coming Chinese New Year is the Year of the Dragon.  It is the most significant zodiac animal among all.  CAAN is presenting several dances including presenting a popular Chinese New Year Story, Mouse Bride, mixing puppets with dancing.  Traditional Lion dance and dragon dance will be there to celebrate as well.  Free event, open to the public.  In case of rain, a rain site will be announced at CAAN’s website and social media.

Global Education Center’s Global Birthday Bash is Saturday, February 10th at the Darkhorse Theater, 7 pm. Come experience dance from around the world in this community showcase that features resident groups at the Global Education Center as well as some of our talented teachers. This is a great family event – fun for all! Plus, you might see some fellow Nashville Dance Community friends in the “Work for Peace” short film on the program. Click here for tickets.

Valentine’s Day Pas De Deux Class – Create a memorable Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart by taking a Pas De Deux class for couples! No dance experience required! $35 per couple. Wednesday, February 14, 2024, 6pm – 7pm at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet (3630 Redmon St.). Registration required, click here to register. 

Moving in the Spirit, a gently guided movement meditation for women age 18+ offering tools for encountering God with basic dance movement, trauma-sensitive cues, and creative pathways at a restorative pace at Gateway Franklin, Thursday, February 15, 6:30-8pm. Location: Youth Room, 1288 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin, TN 37064 Level: Open Participant Note: utilizes Galatians 5 as improvisational text. Register here.

CAAN brings Chinese New Year cheers to Plaza Mariachi, Saturday, February 17 4-6:30 PM The program starts with family activities and workshops.  Then it leads to dance, music and Taichi. Our special guest performer is the Grammy Award winning musician, Abigail Washburn. Traditional lion dance and dragon dance will be there to conclude the Chinese New Year Celebration Program. CAAN’s upcoming events (Click here)

CAAN is hosting a Chinese New Year 10 Course Banquet to welcome the Chinese New Year of the Dragon Sunday, February 18, 5-8 pm. Chinese New Year Banquet is an elegant ten-course event showcasing Lucky Bamboo China Bistro food artistry in celebration of the Chinese New Year complete with CAAN’s silent auction that supports CAAN.  CAAN’s lion dance team will make a special visit as well.  Enjoy the delicious Chinese cuisine, and support CAAN! CAAN’s upcoming events (Click here)

Garage Collective is participating in a fundraising event for the new nonprofit Nashville Pantheon. The title hasn’t been decided on yet, but here is the information we do have. Tickets are a suggested donation of $20.  Date: Feb. 23rd  Time: 6-9,  performance 7:30-8pm  Musicians: Abstract Black, Annie Williams and Sean Thompson. Dancers: Garage Collective . Gallery Artist Jesse Hale. Location: 154 Rep. John Lewis Way N.

Contemplative Movement at Art & Soul with facilitator Deanie French, Tuesday February 27, 10 am – 1pm. Simple, accessible, and pleasurable, meditative movement, also called authentic or contemplative movement, is a practice that integrates mind and body in a natural way. It helps to develop conscious awareness. In the presence of a neutral, compassionate witness, the mover can relax into moving, led from within. $40 Click here to register.

OZ Arts Nashville welcomes French company Mazelfreten for their US debut, featuring electrifying performances of RAVE LUCID from February 29 – March 2. Escape into a pulsing, euphoric world scored by house music with Mazelfreten’s electro ballet corps as this magnetic young company conjures a “rêve lucide” (lucid dream) you won’t want to wake up from. Combining extreme control with the energy of movement at 120 beats per minute, 10 electrifying dancers astound in this high-velocity tribute to rave culture. Rave Lucid harnesses the hypnotic power of French electro dance, a style originating in the clubs of the 2000s before migrating to the street world. Created by dancer-choreographers Brandon Masele and Laura Defretin, Mazelfreten hacks the codes of a dance movement for this vibrant, living portrait of a human encounter resisting the virtual era. Tickets available from $25 at: https://www.ozartsnashville.org/mazelfreten-rave-lucid/

Ongoing

DancEast offers weekly morning and evening classes for adults.  Tuesday EveningsOpen-Level Ballet 7:00 – 8:00 PM, Open-Level Contemporary 8:05 – 9:05 PM. Morning (int/adv) classes Monday/Wednesday/Thursday 9:30-11:00 PM.  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.

Silver-Dance Musical Theater Dance for 50+.  Theater Craft Inc presents a new class for dancers, movers, and anyone who loves the world of show tunes!  Join the fun of moving with character and style, while focusing on balance, agility, stretch, strengthening, and all the good that dancing brings. Designed specifically for ages 50 and up, the class is rooted in Jazz and Ballet but participants do not need prior training to join in!  Taught by Carolyn German. Tuesdays in February at 12noon. Special rate for this February session: $10 per class .  7240 Nolensville Road, Suite 315.  Need more info? 615-874-8715 or connect@theatercraftinc.com

di Mossa is back in the studio at Centennial! All are invited to join us for company class Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 -2:00 We have a new playlist every month to move us through guided improv, technique progressions, a building phrase and a group cool down. Drop-ins welcome ( making new friends is just the best! ) $12 each or 6 classes for $60  Please check out  dimossa.org  to see our newly updated website with help from the wonderful developers at Viasana 

Nashville Dance Collective will continue to hold open community class on Tuesday nights from 6:30-7:30 PM at TMProductions East (1015 W. Kirkland Ave, Suite #206)! All classes are free for the community with an option to donate. Teachers rotate each week, so follow @nashvilledancecollective on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date! 

New Dialect Community Classes are back! March 4-May 29, Mondays + Wednesdays from 10-11:30am, at Centennial Performing Arts Studios. Folks of all levels and dance backgrounds, ages 16+, are invited to join us for a new 13-week series of contemporary movement sessions. We’ve curated a stellar line up of local and international dance artists to share their practice and process with you. Don’t miss this chance to move your body and connect with other members of Nashville’s amazing dance community.

$10 drop in

$4 BIPOC + seniors

$80 10-class cards (valid for all CPAS morning classes)

Walk ups are welcome. More info: newdialect.org/community-classes or email banning@newdialect.org

Nashville Contact Improvisation hosts a bi-weekly class and jam from 7-8:30 pm every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at Eastwood Christian Church in the Fellowship Hall. Doors open at 6:30 pm with an opening circle at 7 pm, we ask that you please be on time. 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 the door code and any questions, email McKay House at mckay.house.mh@gmail.com

Ecstatic Dance Nashville is the first and third Sunday of each month, 10:30 am at Millennium Dance Complex. Click here for details.

Inner Freedom Dance Nashville every Monday evening at Global Education Center, 7-10 pm. Let the beats and rhythms guide you in an immersive movement journey. Kickstart your week with passion. Experience conscious freeform dance, genre-fluid music, a movement meditation—a catalyst for renewed purpose and a vibrant life journey. Liberate yourself!

Click here for details.

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March Save the Date

Franklin School of Performing Arts presents….

Winter Dance Concert 

Saturday, March 2  3:00 and 7:00 PM 

FSSD Performing Arts Center, Franklin TN 

Tickets are $15.00 in advance $20.00 at the door. 

Link for tickets: 

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This concert will include dance works by our FSPA Faculty and also include Student Choreography work by our FSPA advanced Modern students. 

This is a gathering of events I am aware of, submitted by those on the email list, 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.