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Ballet with Spanish Flair Introduces Dance to Children


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 19, 2013) – Nashville Ballet will combine two ballets with Spanish flair – Paquita and Ferdinand the Bull – to introduce young children to the world of movement and music when it stages Señoritas y Toros May 11 – 19 at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet.

“Our children’s programs like Señoritas y Toros are designed specifically for families to introduce art, music, dance and live theater to small children,” Nashville Ballet Director of Artistic Operations Sharyn Mahoney said. “Families and children of all ages will enjoy the short run time, small audience size, audience participation component and fun stories in Señoritas y Toros.”

With bright, colorful costumes inspired by cubist Pablo Picasso and designed by School of Nashville Ballet instructor Eric Harris, Ferdinand the Bull tells the story of a peaceful bull who only wants to smell the flowers in the meadow, making him unfit for the bullfighting rings in Spain. Based on the classic book by Munro Leaf Ferdinand the Bull premiered in 2007 with original choreography from Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling and music from Mario DaSilva, an Adjunct Instructor of Music at the Belmont University School of Music.

Señoritas y Toros also features a display of classical ballet, complete with colorful tutus and pointe shoes, from Paquita, one of classical ballet’s most energetic works. Dancers from Nashville Ballet’s second company, NB2, will perform Paquita’s choreography created by Marius Petipa in 1847, and set to music by Ludwig Minkus.

Señoritas y Toros, presented by Nashville Parent, will be held at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet for four performances:

Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m.
Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Señoritas y Toros are currently on sale to the public for $12 (children 12 and younger) and $18 (adults). They can be purchased by phone at (615) 782-4040 or online. Discounts are available when purchasing tickets to both Señoritas y Toros and Romeo & Juliet by calling (615) 297-2966 x10.


About Nashville Ballet

Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company NB2 (a pre-professional training company) serve nearly 25,000 adults and children annually through performances and our outreach and community engagement programming. Curriculum-based outreach programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. The School of Nashville Ballet provides world-class instruction in ballet and other forms of dance for dancers of all ages.

Nashville Ballet is funded in part from grants made available through the National Endowment for the Arts, Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Funding from the Ingram Charitable Trust supports the presentation of The Nashville Symphony at most performances. Additional funding is also provided by The Shubert Foundation, Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, SunTrust, ELAN Hair / ELAN Skin, the National Endowment for the Arts, Caterpillar Financial, The Memorial Foundation and Publix Super Markets Charities.

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