Celebrating 10 years of awe-inspiring magic and dazzling holiday cheer, Nashville’s Nutcracker will ring in the season with all-new magical elements, including letting it snow in the audience! A truly local production through and through with clever nods to the city’s sparkly past, Nashville’s Nutcracker epitomizes the holiday season in Music City. Nashville's Nutcracker: Celebrating 10 Years! takes place at TPAC's Jackson Hall for 16 performances December 2-23, 2017. Click here for more information.
School of Nashville Ballet invites new, returning and prospective Children's Division students to attend an open house at the Nashville campus (3630 Redmon Street Nashville, TN 37209) on Saturday, January 13 from 9-11 a.m. Meet the faculty, tour the facility, take an inside look into a Children's Division class and more!
Pushing the boundaries of Nashville Ballet’s acclaimed Attitude series, Light: The Holocaust and Humanity Project offers a groundbreaking exploration of devastating loss, resiliency and, ultimately, the triumph of the human spirit. Following one Holocaust survivor’s journey as told through music and dance, Light offers a unique opportunity that only art can—to feel, better understand and reflect upon a piece of history that defies comprehension. The ballet illuminates the past to promote compassion, understanding and hope to issues relevant in today's society. Community talk-back sessions will accompany this Nashville Ballet premiere. Attitude: Light: The Holocaust and Humanity Project takes place at TPAC's Polk Theater for three performances February 9-11, 2018. Click here for more information.
Imaginations run wild at Family Day at the Ballet! Make a day of it with an engaging afternoon created with families in mind, including a children’s ballet performance of Aesop’s Fables, movement activities, arts and crafts, and more. Aesop’s Fables weaves together four wildly popular fables (The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Crow, The Wind and the Sun and The Ants and the Grasshopper) to impart a little wisdom to little ones. Families can experience everything that Nashville Ballet has to offer with just one ticket. Family Day at the Ballet takes place at Nashville Ballet Studio A Sunday, April 15 from noon - 4 p.m. Click here for more information.
Modern Masters brings the work of three internationally renowned choreographers together for a hand-selected program that shines a spotlight on some of the most innovative, spectacularly grand dance that’s come out of the ballet world. Christopher Wheeldon’s Ghosts draws inspiration from a lyrical score by Grammy-nominated composer and Nashville resident C.F. Kip Winger (of American rock band Winger), while wit and charisma take center stage in Jiří Kylián’s Six Dances set to Mozart’s Six German Dances. George Balanchine’s masterwork Western Symphony caps off the evening with a rollicking journey to the rugged Old West. An enormous cast of cowboys and dance hall girls showcase Balanchine’s blend of highly demanding, spirited and playful choreography, illustrating why he’s known as the father of American ballet. Modern Masters takes place at TPAC's Jackson Hall for three performances May 4-6, 2018. Click here for more information.
Nashville Ballet lifts the curtain on the creative process with its popular Emergence series, inviting the public into its studio to experience a piece of art only weeks in the making. See what happens when up-and-coming choreographers are free to create with only a blank notebook in hand and no rules to follow—other than embracing their creative instincts. This season’s edition will feature a musical collaboration with The Bluebird Cafe, recreating the intimacy of the world-renowned listening room at Nashville Ballet. The Bluebird Cafe celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, and Emergence serves as the finale event of its yearlong celebration. Emergence takes place at Nashville Ballet Studio A for four performances June 1-3, 2018. Click here for more information.
Did she or didn’t she? Viewers will judge for themselves when Lizzie Borden’s real-life double homicide case of 1892 hauntingly unfolds on stage this Halloween. Acquitted for the brutal axe murders of her father and stepmother, Lizzie Borden’s notorious courtroom trial remains one of the most controversial and sensationalized in American history. Nashville Ballet’s gripping interpretation takes audiences into the mind of the woman embroiled in the scandal to show that there may be more to the story than previously thought. The world premiere of The Raven explores Edgar Allan Poe’s dark poem by blending movement with a classical score and elements of spoken word. Lizzie Borden with The Raven takes place at TPAC's Polk Theater for three performances October 26-28, 2017. Click here for more information.
Based on the book Little Cloud by Eric Carle, this program introduces children to the joy and boundless possibilities of movement. Guided by a teaching artist, children will learn how to create shapes and carve out space with their bodies. NOTE: This event will take place at both 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Brimming with enchantment, romance and charm, Nashville Ballet’s season opener ushers in the triumphant return of beloved fairytale The Sleeping Beauty. Considered to be the most technically challenging piece of classical choreography for the ballerina since its debut in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty appeals to connoisseurs and novices alike. All ages will be swept away by the timeless tale of how the villainous Carabosse and noble Lilac Fairy cast dueling spells over Princess Aurora, which can only be broken by a dashing prince’s kiss. The Sleeping Beauty takes place at TPAC's Jackson Hall for three performances September 23-24, 2017. Click here for more information.
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 story through its beautiful music and movement before Nashville Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty on stage September 23-24, 2017 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall.
Children ages 7 (must be born in 2009) to 11 years old are invited to audition to perform in Nashville’s Nutcracker: Celebrating 10 Years! this December. This is the only opportunity the general public will have to perform on stage with Nashville Ballet and the Nashville Symphony this season. Open auditions will be held Sundays from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on August 20, August 27 and September 10. No dance experience is required; performance training will be provided. Click here for more information about the audition opportunity.
Celebrate National Dance Day with Nashville Ballet! All ages are invited to experience what Nashville Ballet has to offer with free dance classes. Plus, learn choreography provided by the Fox hit reality show So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) and perform as a group.
The day will feature a sample of Nashville Ballet's regularly programmed Community Division Adult Classes (ages 18+) and Community Division Youth Classes (ages 8-18), but all ages are encouraged to participate on July 29 in honor of this annual nationwide celebration of dance.
Noon - 1 p.m.
Attendees will receive an exclusive 50% off discount on Nashville Ballet’s Community Division Adult class packages. No registration is required for National Dance Day; drop-ins welcome. Participation will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Nashville Ballet is celebrating 10 years of Nashville’s Nutcracker early with Christmas in July! For the entire month of July, take $5 off select tickets to Nashville’s Nutcracker with promo code XMASJULY, which provides the best single ticket prices all year. To celebrate, the Nutcracker and Candy Cane ballerina will make a special appearance at TPAC in downtown Nashville on Thursday, July 13 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The public is invited to meet the characters, purchase select discounted Nashville’s Nutcracker tickets on-site and save on ticketing fees (up to $10 per ticket), and buy Nutcracker and Mouse King dolls. The event coincides with Nashville’s weekly Street Food Thursdays event on Deaderick Street and 4th Avenue North, next to TPAC.
Nashville Ballet's acclaimed Emergence series offers an exclusive glimpse into the creative process. An experimental lab in the black-box theater setting of Nashville Ballet’s intimate studio, get a first look at three new works that are only weeks in the making. Watch new art unfold before you, and have the opportunity to speak with the artists about what inspired their works.
Emergence takes place at Nashville Ballet Studio A (3630 Redmon Street) for four performances June 1-3, 2017. Click here for more information.
NEW students age 6-18 are invited to audition for Young Men's Scholarship Program placement for the 2017-2018 school year. Nashville Ballet’s Young Men’s Scholarship Program offers specialized training for young men, tailored to their unique needs and taught by men. The curriculum mirrors elements of the Academy Division, but with a special emphasis on developing specific male technique and addressing the unique challenges that face young men. All students receive one full academic year of tuition-FREE training, followed by merit-based scholarships. Registration is from 4:30-5 p.m., and the audition is from 5-6 p.m. Click here for more information.
You’ll be charmed by this tale about a lovable bull who would rather sit and smell the flowers than fight in Madrid’s bullfights. Based on The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, this family ballet humorously teaches us how to embrace what makes us different. Featuring vibrant sets and costumes inspired by the cubist paintings of Pablo Picasso, narration and an interactive activity, Ferdinand the Bull will leave audiences of all ages delighted.
Ferdinand the Bull takes place at Nashville Ballet Studio A (3630 Redmon Street) for six performances May 14-21, 2017. Click here for more information.
Join in on the gluttony at this fun, pre-performance cocktail party featuring sinful spirits, light bites and an enviable auction before Seven Deadly Sins featuring Ten Out of Tenn with Appalachian Spring at TPAC on Saturday, May 6. This annual event is a fundraiser for Friends of Nashville Ballet, a dynamic group of professionals and community volunteers who share a passion for dance and are committed to furthering the mission of Nashville Ballet. Click here to learn more about First Call.
Dance, songwriting, live music, orchestration and storytelling combine into one during the world premiere of Seven Deadly Sins. Three Nashville arts organizations—Nashville Ballet, Ten Out of Tenn and the Nashville Symphony—team up for a thoughtful examination of the temptations we face every day, the choices we make and the hopeful path to redemption when we falter. Seven Deadly Sins features all-new music played live by singer-songwriter collective Ten Out of Tenn and the Nashville Symphony.
In Appalachian Spring, Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling presents an abstract interpretation of Aaron Copland’s iconic score that explores the strength, tenacity and creative spirit of women.
Seven Deadly Sins takes place at TPAC's Jackson Hall for three performances May 5-7, 2017. Click here for more information.
NEW students age 8-18 are invited to audition for Academy Division placement for the 2017-2018 school year. Through careful development and attention to the syllabus, School of Nashville Ballet faculty implement a curriculum that is designed to produce dancers with both expressivity and clear classical lines. This guidance enables students to develop their own artistry, while pure classical technique provides the vehicle for their artistic expression. Registration is from 5:30-6 p.m., and the audition is from 6-7:30 p.m. Click here for more information.
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 its beautiful music and movement. Families can join this storytime before Nashville Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty on stage at TPAC’s Jackson Hall September 22-24, 2017 as the opening performance of its 2017-2018 season. This is a FREE event!