Nashville Ballet’s Curriculum-Based Education Initiative
Nashville Ballet brings innovative educational dance programming to middle, high and post-secondary schools across Middle Tennessee. Working to achieve our mission to develop and cultivate audiences with a lifelong appreciation for the essential and inspiring art of dance, we offer a variety of educational programming that uniquely integrates arts education with core academic subjects including language arts, math, science and social studies.

Utilizing standards-based dance education workbooks, interactive teacher resources, movement exercises and activities taught by our professional teaching artists, we assist educators in helping students of all ages strengthen their academic performance while increasing their awareness, knowledge and utilization of dance and the arts.

All Community Engagement programs can offer an arts integration experience and feature an engaging interactive demonstration component that is tailored to the age of the scheduled audience. Programs are available September through May.

Taking the Next Step & Reaching Higher —Touring and School Programs for Middle School, High School & Post-Secondary Students
This unique arts education program utilizes classical and contemporary dance, drama, music and the visual arts to promote a deeper understanding of abstract art and the use of the arts to express emotion. With an emphasis on the art form of dance, students learn that they can create meaningful relationships and communicate thought, feeling and action through physical movement, and that movement can inspire understanding and reaction from audiences.

Ballets on tour during the 2016-2017 season for middle school, high school & post-secondary students audiences:


In brand-new ballet Frank, a disfigured young boy named Frank N. Stein goes to a new school and realizes that he looks different than the other kids. As Frank navigates through the stereotypical cast of high school characters, he uncovers the insecurities that live within us all—and that we're more alike than we are different.

This ballet and post performance discussion are designed to evoke dialogue between students and staff to address social and emotional challenges that teens experience daily. Instructional materials accompany this program to continue the conversation and provide supportive tools.