Founded in 1986, Nashville Ballet has experienced steady artistic and financial growth to become the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee.
The ballet currently operates at a 34-week contract with a 22-member company of professionals, a second company of more than 30 members and a recently expanded performance season. In 2001, the company moved to the Martin Center for Nashville Ballet, a customized 31,000 square foot facility that serves as a home for our professional dancers, school students and administrative offices. Nashville Ballet is proud to own this facility and acknowledges the generous support of its Board of Directors as well as the community of Nashville in achieving this accomplishment.
Under the direction of Paul Vasterling, Artistic Director & CEO, Nashville Ballet’s artistic vision is one of diversity. Nashville Ballet emphasizes training dancers in the classical aesthetic, as well as developing each individual dancer as an artist.
Mr. Vasterling’s programming is designed to inspire and educate our audiences in addition to challenging and developing dancers. We acknowledge our classical tradition with such works as Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. These works enable the artistic staff to share the roots of the art form while continuing to challenge our dancers’ classical technique.
We also feature contemporary repertory building off the strength of the dancers’ technique, allowing them to stretch their movement limits. We incorporate works by modern masters such as George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp with new works by up and coming choreographers featured in our Emergence series.
Audiences and dancers alike enjoy live music at each of our performances. The Nashville Symphony accompanies all of Nashville Ballet’s large-scale productions, and our contemporary series gives us the opportunity to work with many talented musicians in Nashville.
The company of Nashville Ballet is comprised of dancers from around the country and world who contribute their individual talents and experiences to the stage. The diversity of the company can be seen in dancer tenures, ranging from the first season to the thirteenth.
Nashville Ballet dancers experience immeasurable growth working with a diverse mix of stagers and choreographers, many of whom create new works on the company.
Dancers also have opportunities to guest teach with School of Nashville Ballet and other Nashville-area schools, guest perform with other companies, pursue other artistic endeavors, run businesses and pursue higher education.
NB2, the official second company of Nashville Ballet, provides world-class training to dancers who wish to refine their classical technique, develop artistry, build strength and prepare for a career in a professional environment. Dancers must audition to be considered for NB2.
NB2 programs provide opportunities for dancers to learn and grow in their craft through:
• Performance opportunities
• Instruction from master teachers
• Customized strength training
• Resume guidance
• Audition preparation
• Choreography and teaching workshops
• Career guidance