Residency School AGREEMENT FORM

Nashville Ballet is very excited to have Carter Lawrence Elementary, Glengarry Elementary, Inglewood Elementary, Park Avenue Elementary, Smithson Craighead Elementary and Una Elementary as residency schools in our Community Engagement program for the 2016-2017 performance season.

All Residency Schools must complete the Residency School Agreement Form below. The requirements in the agreement are minimal and go a long way in helping us improve our Community Engagement program and secure funding.

Please direct any questions to Briona Richardson, Community Engagement Manager, at brichardson@nashvilleballet.com or (615) 297-2966 x111.


2016-2017 Residency School Program Options

After submitting the Residency School Agreement Form, schools should complete the Residency School Program Schedule Form to arrange programming for the 2016-2017 school year.

One (1) Children's Ballet Performance

This hour long performance is for the entire school to enjoy. The program consists of one of our narrated children's ballets (30 minutes) and an interactive session with the children and dancers (20 minutes).

The Singing Tortoise (K- 4th Grade)
In this West African folk tale, a hunter named Ama meets a magical singing tortoise in the forest. He promises not to tell anyone about the tortoise’s talent, but breaks his word and must face the consequences. Narration, whimsical costumes and traditional African masks make The Singing Tortoise a great introduction to dance.

Three (3) Ballet Storytimes

This program is for kindergarten - 2nd grade students. Each grade level will be visited by a dancer and learn about dance as a means of communication. Through the art of storytelling, classical pantomime, music and movement the children will experience every aspect of one of ballet’s classic stories. This program has an interactive component that allows students so join the dancer as he/she guides them through a series of movement. Pre and post educational materials will be made available to each school for distribution amongst teachers.

HONK! The Story of a Prima Swanerina (Kindergarten)
Based on the light-hearted 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!

Cinderella Storytime (1st Grade)
Join the Fairy Godmother as she shares the story of Cinderella’s magical night. Using fun-filled movement, enchanted music and actual photographs from Nashville Ballet’s own production, this highly interactive storytime will whisk you away to the ball and back again!

Nashville's Nutcracker Storytime (2nd Grade; 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!

Dance! (3rd Grade)

Based on the book "Dance!" by Bill T. Jones and Susan Kuklin, this program introduces students to the joy and boundless possibilities of movement. Dancers teach students how to create shapes and carve out space with their bodies.

Antibullying Program: RESILIENCY! (4th Grade; Available September-November Only)

The men of Nashville Ballet 2 combine the athleticism of ballet and basketball to teach 4th grade students the importance of resiliency on stage and in everyday life. Students will be taught a sequence of basketball inspired steps and discuss the importance of respect, inclusion and getting in the game.

Literacy Celebration

To promote a love of reading Nashville Ballet will supply guest readers from our organization to all residency schools that request a reader during your reading celebration. This will give children an opportunity to meet the non-dancing staff of Nashville Ballet and learn about their jobs. Any classroom can request a guest reader and it will not take long out of your day. They will stop by and share a book with the children.

Audition for the School of Nashville Ballet

At the end of each school year students from our Residency Schools are given the opportunity to audition for full or partial scholarship into the School of Nashville Ballet.


Nashville Ballet Community Engagement would not be possible without the support of our funders. The following individuals and corporations share a vested interest in children, education and what the arts can do for both. We would like to gratefully acknowledge the funders of Nashville Ballet Community Engagement:

Annette Eskind