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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 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

"Let's Hear it for the Boys: Why More Schools are Offering Men's Training Programs" by Joseph Carman, Pointe Magazine (June 2017)

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

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

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

2017-2018 School Year:
Fall Semester Classes: August 14 - December 9, 2017
Spring Semester Classes: January 15 - May 5, 2018

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

Questions? Contact us at (615) 297-2966 x203 or school@nashvilleballet.com.

Level 1: recommended experience 0-2 years
Meets twice a week

  • 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: RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCE 2-4 YEARS
MEETS TWICE A WEEK

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: RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCE 4+ YEARS
MEETS THREE TIMES A WEEK

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: RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCE 4+ YEARS
MEETS FOUR TIMES A WEEK

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 

EDUCATION OUTSIDE OF THE STUDIO

NEW! LAUREL SPRINGS SCHOOL (K-12)

 

School of Nashville Ballet is excited to announce our new partnership with Laurel Springs School, a fully accredited, private online school for students K-12. Founded in 1991, Laurel Springs School offers challenging and flexible programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. With college prep academics, they have a 91% college acceptance rate. Laurel Springs School graduates enter the most selective colleges and universities of their choice in the U.S. and throughout the world. Click here to view a sample of Laurel Springs School college acceptance list.

Online schools such as Laurel Springs School offer pre-professional dancers who are still in high school the flexibility they need to achieve academic success without sacrificing hours spent training for a career in dance. We have chosen to partner with Laurel Springs School because they allow students and their families to set their own graduation goal, and will work with you to ensure you meet each deadline while being mindful of your requirements as an aspiring professional dancer. To learn more about Laurel Springs School, visit their websiteor contact us at school@nashvilleballet.com. Brochures and additional information is available upon request.

To enroll in Laurel Springs School, please contact Laurel Springs School directly at (484) 947-2074 and mention that you are a student at School of Nashville Ballet.


ATTIRE

Level 1

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

Levels 2, 3 & 4

  • 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.