About the Young Men’s Scholarship Program

Male and female dancers require different skills to perform different roles, so why should their training all be the same? Nashville Ballet’s new Young Men’s Scholarship Program offers specialized training for young men, tailored to their unique needs and taught by men. Working together, male dancers push themselves and each other in a supportive environment that centers on athleticism, strength, camaraderie and discipline.

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. Students will not only grow into confident young artists inside the studio, but strong men of character outside the studio as they learn respect, self-expression and team-building skills.


In the news

"ArtSmart: Nashville Ballet: Artistry and Athleticism" by DeeGee Lester, Nashville Arts Magazine (October 1, 2016)

"School of Nashville Ballet Launches New Young Men's Program" by Amy Stumpfl, The Tennessean (September 2, 2016)

"Nashville Ballet Launches Men's Scholarship Program" by Amy Brandt, Pointe Magazine (July 13, 2016)


Young Men's Scholarship program leadership & faculty

Nick Mullikin Director of the School of Nashville Ballet

Nick Mullikin
Director of the School of Nashville Ballet

Jon Upleger Principal Instructor and Nashville Ballet Company Dancer  

Jon Upleger
Principal Instructor and Nashville Ballet Company Dancer

 

Judson Veach Principal Instructor and Nashville Ballet Company Dancer

Judson Veach
Principal Instructor and Nashville Ballet Company Dancer

Gerald Watson Principal Instructor and Nashville Ballet Company Dancer

Gerald Watson
Principal Instructor and Nashville Ballet Company Dancer


Enrollment & Registration Information

Fall Semester Classes: August 22 - December 17, 2016
Spring Semester Classes: January 16 - May 6, 2017

Enrollment is offered on an annual basis. All students receive one full academic year of tuition-FREE training, followed by merit-based scholarships.

Registration for the Young Men’s Scholarship Program is now open. To register, contact School of Nashville Ballet at (615) 297-2966 x203. Students are encouraged to register by Monday, August 22, but will be accepted on a rolling basis for the first year (space permitting).

Level 1: Ages 6-8 (recommended experience 0-2 years)
Meets twice a week
lIMITED SPACE REMAINS!

  • Learn ballet basics (no barre work)
  • Build core strength, flexibility and coordination
  • Use teamwork to explore concepts of movement and space
  • Focus on information retention

LEVEL 2: AGES 8-10 (RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCE 2-4 YEARS)
MEETS TWICE A WEEK
oPEN ENROLLMENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE YEAR, SPACE PERMITTING

Students will take at least one co-ed Academy Division class at the appropriate level

  • Begin barre work and introduce advanced movement across the floor
  • Develop ballet vocabulary, musicality, balance, spatial awareness and full-body coordination
  • Implement male-specific jumps and turns
  • Incorporate variation elements

LEVEL 3: AGES 10-13 (RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCE 4+ YEARS)
MEETS THREE TIMES A WEEK
OPEN ENROLLMENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE YEAR, SPACE PERMITTING

Students will take at least one co-ed Academy Division class at the appropriate level

  • Progress to full barre work with increased emphasis on control, coordination and balance
  • Introduce more advanced male-specific jumps and turns with a focus on artistry
  • Develop strong musicality and rhythm
  • Introduce partnering skills
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LEVEL 4: AGES 14+ (RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCE 4+ YEARS)
MEETS FOUR TIMES A WEEK
OPEN ENROLLMENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE YEAR, SPACE PERMITTING

Students will take at least one co-ed Academy Division class at the appropriate level

  • Expand on male-specific technique including variations, pas de deux and strength training
  • Refine technical and artistic elements of training to prepare for professional work 
  • Develop sense of personal strengths and weaknesses to accelerate growth as a male artist 

ATTIRE

Level 1: Ages 6-8

  • White T-shirt (no logos) & black cotton shorts
  • White socks
  • Bloch Dansoft full sole ballet shoes in black

Levels 2, 3 & 4: Ages 8+

  • White fitted T-shirt (no logos)
  • Black convertible tights
  • White socks
  • Bloch Dansoft full sole ballet shoes in white

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Questions?

If you need additional assistance, please contact School of Nashville Ballet at (615) 297-2966 x203.