Middle, High & Post-Secondary School Programs
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 outreach 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 July.
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 2013-2014 season for middle school, high school & post-secondary students audiences:
Based on the book Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, this unique, thought-provoking ballet utilizes an actual historical event captured in biographical prose as the basis to promote a much deeper understanding of the use of ballet to not only tell a story artistically, but also creatively convey context and circumstance. Utilizing contemporary choreography, drama, an original musical score and period costuming and props, this ballet offers older students and adults an opportunity to experience the events of this historic period as written by Anne in her diary. This ballet is 45 minutes long and features a question/answer session with the performers for the audience following the performance.
Students learn about the art of dance in an abstract form – the quality of its movement, the feelings that are conveyed, and the use of music as it relates to the theme of the piece. This abstract ballet allows each audience member to experience his or her own personal connection to the underlying theme of school life set to infectious jazz music.