Nashville Ballet is Delighted to be Invited to Ballet Across America!

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Washington, DC │ April 17-23, 2017

Photos by Heather Thorne

What is Ballet Across America?

The Kennedy Center honors innovation and diversity in American ballet with the return of Ballet Across America. Placing artists at the center of the conversation as never before, the weeklong celebration explores new directions in the art form through programs curated by two of the biggest superstars in the ballet world: American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Misty Copeland and New York City Ballet Resident Choreographer and Soloist Justin Peck.

Nashville Ballet will perform The Ben Folds Project, featuring Ben FoldsConcerto, co-commissioned by Nashville Ballet, The Nashville Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Performing on our nation’s stage: Why is it significant?

The Kennedy Center is our nation’s performing arts center, presenting the greatest examples of music, dance and theater. With a debut performance at The Kennedy Center, Nashville Ballet will highlight the incredible talent groomed right here in Nashville, TN.


Why was Nashville Ballet chosen to perform at The Kennedy Center?    

An invitation to be a part of this celebration of dance in America is an honor: Nashville Ballet will show dance fans across the country what makes Nashville Ballet a unique contributor to the field of dance. The selected work, The Ben Folds Project, is a creative collaboration between Nashville Ballet, genre-bending musician Ben Folds and the Nashville Symphony. It is a prime example of Nashville Ballet’s collaborative, innovative spirit.

“It's the collaborative spirit that makes The Ben Folds Project so unique. Part of a co-commission between the Nashville Ballet, the Nashville Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra, Folds' Concerto reminds us of the depth of talent within Music City.” – Reviewer, Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean


What can Nashville do to show its support?

1. Watch!

Come to our open house to watch The Ben Folds Project rehearsal before we leave for Washington, D.C.

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Nashville Ballet
3630 Redmon Street
Nashville, TN


2.  Support!

Help us get to The Kennedy Center by supporting each step, hour and mile it takes us to get to Washington, D.C.

$225 - Sponsor Shoes

Each female dancer will need three pairs of $75 pointe shoes to prepare for and perform at The Kennedy Center. This donation provides one dancer with three pairs of shoes – keep Nashville en pointe! Donate and receive:

  • An invitation to a VIP toast at our #CountdowntoKennedy open house event on April 6, 2017
  • Recognition as a #CountdowntoKennedy supporter

$668 - Sponsor a Mile

Your donation of $1 per mile supports Nashville Ballet dancers traveling the 668 miles from Nashville to Washington, D.C.! Donate and receive: All previously listed benefits plus...

  • A postcard from Nashville Ballet while in D.C.

$1,200 - Sponsor a Dancer

Select a Nashville Ballet company dancer to support on tour! Donate and receive: All previously listed benefits plus...

  • A backstage meet & greet with sponsored dancer at TPAC
  • A postcard from sponsored dancer while performing in D.C.



Send us a digital postcard by recording a greeting for the dancers. You can say:

  • “Merde!”
  • “Congratulations!”
  • “Make us proud, Nashville Ballet!”

Record your message yourself and post to Nashville Ballet’s Facebook or Instagram page with the hashtag #CountdowntoKennedy.


4.  Join us in D.C.!

Interested in traveling to D.C. to see Nashville Ballet on The Kennedy Center stage? We are inviting all Nashville Ballet members Principal Level or higher ($500+ donors) to join us for an exclusive travel opportunity. Are you a Nashville Ballet member and interesting in joining? Please click the REGISTRATION button below before November 15, 2016! Not yet a Nashville Ballet member but interested in joining us in D.C.? Let us know and we will send you more information!

Please find general information about the organized trip below.

This exclusive package includes:

  • Hotel Accommodation for two nights 
  • Comprehensive meals including hotel breakfasts, a one-of-a-kind private luncheon and privileged access to dinner at one of Washington’s most prestigious social clubs
  • Private tours of the Capitol and The National Portrait Gallery 
  • Premium tickets to The Kennedy Center’s performance featuring Nashville Ballet
  • Ground transportation to and from all events