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Nashville Ballet Offers Free Dance Classes for National Dance Day



Nashville Ballet Offers Free Dance Classes for National Dance Day

Introduction of children’s classes in nation-wide dance awareness festivities


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 9, 2013) – For the third year in a row, Nashville Ballet will host National Dance Day on Saturday, July 27, by offering free sample classes and choreography provided by Fox hit reality show So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD).

“Through dance, we have the power to express our feelings, tell a story, accomplish our fitness goals while having fun,” Nashville Ballet Executive Director Angie Adams said. “We want to offer as many opportunities as possible for the Nashville community to experience the transformative power of dance.”

Nashville Ballet’s National Dance Day will offer free classes in ballet and yoga for adults, ages 13 and over. New this year, they are also offering children’s classes – a Mommy & Me class (for children at least 2 years old), the brand new Boys Club class (for boys ages 3-5 years old only) and Creative Movement (for children at least 3 years old). This will allow parents to introduce their children to the art of dance and participate in their own adult classes. After the sample classes, all participants will have the opportunity to learn choreography provided by SYTYCD and perform as a group. The performance will be recorded and submitted to the SYTYCD website.

The following classes will be offered as part of National Dance Day at Nashville Ballet:

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.                    Adult Yoga

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.                    Mommy & Me

10:00 a.m – 10:45 a.m.                   Boys Club  OR  Girls Creative Movement  
                                                              OR  Adult Beginner Ballet

11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.                   SYTYCD Choreography

SYTYCD Executive Producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe instituted National Dance Day in 2010 to encourage Americans to engage in the kind of fun physical activity they see profiled each week on the television show. Lythgoe’s initiatives to increase physical activity through dance and raise awareness for dance education across the country were recognized by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) in 2011.

National Dance Day classes at Nashville Ballet are FREE. Advanced registration is not required but is encouraged as space is limited. Participation will be offered on a first come, first served basis as space permits. Classes on National Dance Day are samples of regular classes offered with School of Nashville Ballet for the upcoming fall semester, which begins Monday, August 5. Enrollment for the fall semester is currently open. For a full schedule or to register for fall semester classes, please visit the School of Nashville Ballet website.


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 50,000 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 by Ingram Charitable Trust, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, The Shubert Foundation, Caterpillar Financial, ELAN Hair and Skin, The Mall at Green Hills, The Memorial Foundation, Publix Super Market Charities, Cracker Barrel Foundation, Dollar General Corporation, Ryman Hospitality Properties, The HCA Foundation, SunTrust Banks, Inc., Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance and thousands of individuals who contribute to our annual operating fund.


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