Friends of Nashville Ballet provides essential support by creating meaningful volunteer opportunities, strategic fundraising and promotion of Nashville Ballet’s initiatives.
Formed in 1992, Friends of Nashville Ballet is the volunteer corps of Nashville Ballet. This group of dedicated supporters provides assistance with various efforts supporting the administrative, artistic and financial needs of the company.
Every year the Friends organization supports the Nashville Ballet Annual Fund with a significant financial contribution, made possible through annual membership fees of $50 per person ($75 for couples) and other fundraising events including Ballet at the Brewery, Fall Membership Coffee, Whiskey & Wine and the annual Spring Tea. Membership dues also ensure that Friends is able to provide engaging experiences for our wonderful volunteers. Membership is open to everyone, and we accept memberships throughout the year.
Please see below for event details and ways to get involved with Friends of Nashville Ballet. Project coordinators will get in touch with you to assist with projects related to your listed interests.
Join Friends of Nashville Ballet!
Annual membership dues are $50 for individuals and $75 for couples.
Click here to become a Friend.
2012/2013 Friends of Nashville Ballet Board
Rachel Pena, President
Gabrielle Andrés Hannafan, President-Elect
Kathryn Beasley, Treasurer
Margaret Holleman, Secretary
Michel McDonald, Immediate Past President
Kelly Bahiraei, Special Events Chair
Jewel Dedmon, Dancer Dinners Chair
Jane Fabian, Dancer Dinners Co-Chair
Makenzie Fly, Board Intern
Tyler Riggins, Volunteer Chair
Mollie Sansone, Dancer Chair
Amy Shepard, School Chair
Ashley Stringfellow, Advisor Chair
Melissa Hughes. Ballet at the Brewery Co-Chair
Katie Atkins, Ballet at the Brewery Co-Chair
Adelaide Ness, Spring Tea Co-Chair
Marissa Russ, Spring Tea Co-Chair
Ellie Goldman, Whiskey & Wine Co-Chair
Hillary Howorth, Whiskey & Wine Co-Chair
Allison Malone, Whiskey & Wine Co-Chair
Volunteer and Involvement Opportunities:
Nashville Ballet: Whiskey & Wine, April 27, 2013
Join Friends of Nashville Ballet for a cocktail hour prior to the Saturday, May 27th performance of Romeo & Juliet! In honor of the famous tragedy, you can “pick your poison” between a whiskey bar stocked by Brown Forman or a selection of wine supplied by Lipman Brothers.
Enjoy tastings from some of Nashville’s finest eateries, including Sambuca, Feast, Park Café, The Capitol Grille, Bacon & Caviar, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Wholly Crepe!
Friends of Nashville Ballet members are invited to participate in this pre-performance cocktail hour for free! Non-members can purchase tickets (which include membership to Friends of the Nashville Ballet; tickets for the performance of Romeo & Juliet purchased separately) for $50 for individuals and $75 for couples online at https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=21459
The pre-performance cocktail hour will take place from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at 511 Union Street, Suite 2700 inside The First Tennessee Bank Building, across from TPAC. Parking is free at the Nashville City Center garage for the event and the show! Just mention to the attendant that you are attending the “Whiskey and Wine” event.
Dancer Dinners & Hospitality
Enjoy getting to know Nashville Ballet's artists by helping with company meals and guest hospitality. Our Friends provide a delicious meal for the dancers before dress rehearsal of each Nashville Ballet series (4 company meals per season) and also provide hospitality for visiting choreographers, designers and guest artists. You'll be loved and adored! For our second company dancers, we also welcome those interested in serving as “in-town parents” to help these young adults navigate Nashville.
The Shop At Nashville Ballet
Nashville Ballet's shop is open during all performances at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and features unique gifts and apparel sure to delight any age group. Help work the booth and promote Nashville Ballet's brand new collection of logo items and ballet treats.
Elected officials want to be seen and heard throughout our community. Help them do this by inviting them to Nashville Ballet outreach programs in your area. It's a small task that makes a big difference!
Ongoing Administrative Needs
Mailings, editing, writing, designing, planning, supervising… we could always use an extra hand or two in the administrative offices. Ballet staff would love to have some "on call" volunteers who can help with marketing, development, school and other administrative needs.
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