Nashville Ballet’s Curriculum - Based Education Initiative
Nashville Ballet brings innovative educational dance programming to Pre-K and Kindergarten students 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.

Photo by Martin O'Connor

Photo by Martin O'Connor

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.

Ballet Beginnings – Storytime Events for Pre-K and Kindergarten Audiences
Ballet Beginnings offers an interactive learning program designed to be a great introduction to the art form of ballet for children ages 3 to 6. Dressed in full costume, a ballerina tells a ballet story and performs a short dance. Using a series of age appropriate exercises, the dancer also teaches the audience members a variety of fun jumps, turns and poses accompanied by music from the ballet story. This 40-45 minute event can accommodate a group of up to 150 children.

Ballet Beginnings Storytimes on tour for Pre-K and Kindergarten audiences

The Sleeping Beauty
Join the Lilac Fairy as she tells the tale of an evil fairy’s curse on a beautiful young princess doomed to sleep until love’s kiss breaks the spell. Children will dance their way through this classic tale and learn how the ballet has become a timeless cherished tale through it’s beautiful music and movement.

HONK! The Story of a Prima Swanerina
Based on the lighthearted children’s book of the same name by Pamela Duncan Edwards, this interactive story engages all ages with a humorous tale about a ballet-smitten swan who has an unexpected moment to shine onstage with a group of prima ballerinas who, in Mimi's mind, are simply pretending to be her!

Nashville's Nutcracker (available in November)
Nashville's own version of this timeless holiday classic tells the tale of Clara, a young girl who travels on a fantastic journey with the help of her magical Uncle Drosselmeyer. This special holiday tradition introduces young audiences to Nashville Ballet's unique version of the traditional story by taking them on a short trip through the Land of the Sweets with a character from the performance!

Appearances at Local Schools to Celebrate Literacy
Dancers, instructors and staff members of Nashville Ballet will travel to local schools during Literacy Celebrations to read stories and perform storytime events for students. Contact your school to inquire about our participation or book an appearance with our Outreach Coordinator at or by calling (615) 297-2966 ext. 111.