Nashville Ballet Puts Local Twist on Classic Holiday Tale

Nashville Ballet returns with local holiday tradition, Nashville’s Nutcracker, for the ninth consecutive year with the Nashville Symphony December 3-23, 2016, at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Nashville’s Nutcracker weaves together the city’s vibrant history with one of the most beloved tales of all time for a Nashville holiday tradition unlike any other.

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Experimental Take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth Explores Power, Fate & Who’s Really in Control

Nashville Ballet will unearth the sinister side of human nature with Something Wicked, an experimental adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, just in time for Halloween October 20-22, 2016, at TPAC’s Polk Theater. While the ballet explores the story’s classic themes of power and fate, Nashville Ballet’s version delves deeper into the role of the three witches.

“In Shakespeare’s tale, the witches predict Macbeth’s fate as King of Scotland, which spurs Macbeth and his wife to murderous actions to fulfill the prophecy,” Paul Vasterling, Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO, said. “In our version, the witches don’t merely plant this seed in Macbeth’s head. Instead, they actively manipulate him as a pawn in their own greedy quest for power.”

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Men on Pointe Provide Comic Relief

Nashville Ballet brings the magical fairytale Cinderella to life September 16-18, 2016, at TPAC’s Polk Theater as the opening performance of its 2016-2017 season. The family friendly classical ballet features a Cinderella who’s not afraid to take fate into her own hands, two stepsisters hilariously played by men and an adorable youth cast of 5 to 7 year olds.

Cinderella exists in cultures all over the world, but the version we’re most familiar with in America is a leading lady who’s a victim of her circumstance,” Paul Vasterling, Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO, said. “In other interpretations, Cinderella is a more proactive participant in her fate. I’m more interested in telling this story—of an empowered Cinderella who knows her own intelligence and worth.”

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National Dance Day Marks Nashville Launch of DANCEFIX

At its sixth consecutive year celebrating National Dance Day with a free day of dance on Saturday, July 30, Nashville Ballet will offer a preview of its new fall adult class DANCEFIX, a high-energy, adult dance workout class.

Founded by Heather Britt, a professional dancer and choreographer from Cincinnati, Ohio, DANCEFIX will only be available at Nashville Ballet outside of Cincinnati. Classes feature diverse choreography, including everything from hip hop and jazz to Latin and lyrical. Each hour-long session, designed for both new and experienced dancers, includes a short warm-up, a toning session and 45 minutes of original choreography.

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Young Men’s Scholarship Program Offers Comprehensive, Tuition-free Training for Ages 6-18

Nashville Ballet announces the launch of its Young Men’s Scholarship Program beginning August 2016, which will provide comprehensive ballet training for males age 6-18 of all experience levels. The program will offer students one full academic year of tuition-free training, followed by merit-based scholarships.

The program is spearheaded by Nashville Ballet company dancers Jon UplegerJudson Veach and Gerald Watson, who will serve as Principal Instructors for the classes. Upleger, Veach and Watson developed the program to create an accessible way for young men to become introduced to the athleticism and art of ballet.

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Proceeds Directly Support Nashville Ballet’s Community Engagement Programming

Nashville Ballet’s largest annual fundraiser, Ballet Ball, experienced a record-breaking year in both fundraising and attendance. Ballet Ball 2016, which was held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on March 12, 2016, generated $421,349.97 in net revenue and included 782 guests.

The previous Ballet Ball fundraising record was set at $400,111 during 2011, and the highest recorded attendance was 662 people in 2012. This year’s black-tie affair, which coincided with Nashville Ballet’s 30th anniversary season, was co-chaired by Mary Morgan Ketchel and Sharon Sandahl.

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Alexandra Meister and Nicolas Scheuer will Compete in Bulgaria July 15-30

Two Nashville Ballet company dancers, Alexandra Meister and Nicolas Scheuer, have been selected to compete in the 27th International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. Meister and Scheuer will join more than 100 dancers from 30 countries July 15-30, 2016, marking the first time anyone from Nashville has been chosen to participate.

Founded in 1964, The Varna International Ballet Competition is the oldest, and arguably one the most prestigious, ballet competitions worldwide. Held every two years, dancers from all over the globe compete in a two-week, Olympic-style event for gold, silver and bronze medals in various categories.

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Nashville Ballet will bring the story of world-renowned sculptor Edgar Degas and his artistic muse, aspiring young ballerina Marie van Goethen, vividly to life in Degas + The Little Dancer for seven performances May 8-22, 2016, at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet.

Based on the children’s book of the same name by Laurence Anholt, Degas + The Little Dancer follows the story of young Marie, who dreams of becoming a prima ballerina, but cannot afford to take dance lessons. She gives up her dreams to support her family as an artist’s model and, in an ironic turn of events, becomes one of the most famous dancers in the world as the subject of French artist Degas’ bronze statue La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans.

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Nashville Ballet has been awarded a Fellowship Initiative grant from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet, to support the development of new choreography in a studio setting. The choreographer will be Christopher Stuart.

Peter Martins, Founder and Artistic Director of the Institute, states: “The Fellowship is meant to help ballet companies to create an environment in which a choreographer can develop ideas without the pressure of stage production. The Institute is committed to classical choreographers who will be creating works for the future.”

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Upcoming Performances Include Tour to the Kennedy Center with Ben Folds

Nashville Ballet will uncover the untold during its 2016-2017 performance season that includes fresh takes on familiar stories, returning favorites and brand-new works. Upcoming Music City collaborations include Sugar + The Hi-Lows and Ten out of Tenn, as well as a tour to the Kennedy Center with Ben Folds.

“Someone once told me that our ballet company is ‘very human,’ and that particularly struck me because that’s exactly our goal at Nashville Ballet,” Paul Vasterling, Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO, said. “We want to connect with audiences on a very human level to allow them to feel something authentic and real. It’s when we open our worlds a little and allow ourselves to see things from a different perspective that we’re able to grow, and that’s the inspiration behind this season.”

Season tickets and tickets for groups of 10 or more are on sale now and can be purchased through www.nashvilleballet.com/ticket-packages or (615) 297-2966 x710. Tickets to individual performances go on sale July 1.

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Season Finale Includes World Premiere of Layla & The Majnun

Nashville Ballet will conclude its 30th anniversary season on the main stage with a local collaboration of epic proportions during Carmina Burana April 22-24, 2016, at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. The season finale will also include the world premiere of Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling’s Layla & The Majnun.

Carmina Burana will feature 148 singers from The Nashville Symphony Chorus, 61 musicians from The Nashville Symphony, 25 choristers from the Nashville’s Children’s Choir and three guest vocalists, alongside 24 dancers from Nashville Ballet. Based on a collection of poems written by clergy and theology students in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, Carmina Burana examines love, fortune and the cycle of life.

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